“Nature speaks to us.”
indeed it does. and we all should be listening to our Indigenous family who have been listening for generations upon generations. the wisdom traditions of connection to earth and life are vital if we seek to transform our current crisis situation with climate change.
Posted @withregram • @washingtonpost At just 34 years old, Dana Tizya-Tramm has risen not only through elected ranks, but from the depths of addiction and trauma to become the youngest leader in the First Nation’s history.
And he’s used that mandate to aggressively combat what he says is among the most pressing threats to his people: climate change.
The shifting Arctic is squeezing the Vuntut Gwitchin on multiple fronts. Tizya-Tramm says less predictable caribou migration patterns have meant some villages can go years without a successful hunt, and the spawn of certain salmon species has dropped so low that fishing has been severely restricted in recent years.
“Nature speaks to us,” he said. “Just not in English.” With Tizya-Tramm at the helm, the community is listening. In 2019, the Vuntut Gwitchin became among the first Indigenous peoples in Canada to declare a climate emergency — a move that catapulted them into the international limelight.
That same year they set a target of reaching net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, and as they strive toward the goal, the First Nation has been working to build among the largest solar farms in the Arctic.
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