ACF Conference - March 2022 

SEITC represented the transboundary rivers that feed our communities and nourish our way of life at the Alaska Conservation Foundation Alaska Conference on Mining Impacts and Prevention in Girdwood, Alaska the week of March 15, 2022.

We spoke of the importance of these rivers, the salmon and clean water in the face of rapid development in their headwaters inside British Columbia.

SEITC is currently in talks with BC Premier Horgan’s government on the means for Alaska Tribes to be included in consultation during these mine developments. BC passed the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act that encodes the UN Declaration within BC law and policy.

We were joined by Hup-Wil-Lax-A Kirby Muldoe from SkeenaWild on the BC side highlighting the need to manage these watersheds from top to bottom as they always had been since time immemorial.

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Trixie Kalkins-Bennett, President of the Ketchikan Indian Community and Treasurer of SEITC working to protect the Joonaxh (Place of Dreams) River (Unuk)
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