About the Co-op
A meeting in Dawson City in the fall of 1994 brought together interested parties to start an ecological monitoring program for the Northern Yukon.
Participants identified the three main issues that should be the focus of ecological monitoring: climate change, contaminants and regional development.
Participants also decided that an important part of the program should be to bring together science and local and traditional knowledge.
Communities and scientists committed to working on this together. The Arctic Borderlands Ecological Knowledge Co-op grew from that meeting.
The Borderlands Co-op is run by a non-profit society. Decisions on Co-op programs are made by participants at annual gatherings. A board of directors is elected annually. Funding and support come from Canadian, territorial and U.S. government agencies, co-management boards, and Inuvialuit and First Nation councils. Additional project funding is currently from Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, and the University of Alaska. Environment Canada provides in-kind support for overall program coordination.
Directors (2005-2006): Randall Tetlichi (Old Crow) - President; Joanne Ahlfs (Fairbanks) - Vice-President; Sheila Nasogaluak (Inuvik) - Secretary-Treasurer; Ian McDonald (Inuvik); William Teya (Fort McPherson); Barney Smith (Whitehorse); Gary Kofinas (Fairbanks); Kenneth Frank (Arctic Village); Robert Charlie (Inuvik)
Gatherings: Whitehorse (1996 & 1997), Inuvik (1998 & 1999), Old Crow (2000), Aklavik (2001), Fort McPherson (2002), Whitehorse (2003), Inuvik (2004), Old Crow (2006)