Northern Yukon/
Arctic Borderlands Ecological Knowledge Co-op

Action Items arising from the
Third Annual Gathering
March 23-25, 1998


(lead agency in brackets: EC=Environment Canada, VGRRC=Vuntut Gwitchin Renewable Resource Council, VGFN=Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation, ANWR=Alaska National Wildlife Refuge)

Co-op Business

  • Promote website use in communities (apply for money for training once we have charity status) (EC)
  • Register the website with more search engines (EC)
  • Improve dissemination of information from the Co-op (EC)
  • Produce booklets of gathering proceedings and community monitoring report similar to those produced last year (EC)
  • Make presentations at large gatherings and annual general meetings for local organizations (EC)
  • Get information into newsletters of various organizations (EC)
  • Advise government organizations about what we are doing (EC and other government representatives)
  • Produce permanent posters with a blank spot for updates (EC)
  • Report results of this meeting back to organizations (each organization representative)

Monitoring Priorities

  • Continue with community-based monitoring, moving to the fall for interviews
  • Lake ice melt indicator (EC)
  • Water levels (EC)
  • Berry count (VGRRC)
  • Soil temperatures (VGRRC and EC)
  • Build on pilot project in Old Crow (VGRRC and VGFN and EC)

Charity Status (EC)

  • Determine liability issue
  • Provide information to communities on charity status
  • If all goes well, proceed with application for charity status

International (EC and ANWR)

  • Investigate use of information gathered in ANWR to develop additional indicators (e.g. temps)
  • Invite Alaskan participants to the next gathering on an informal basis