VGFNVuntut Gwitchin First Nation (Yukon Territory, Canada)
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Overarching goals are to (1) document the history of environmental change in the OCF from a unique assemblage of archives that record natural history from the last interglacial to the present; (2) assess the distribution and abundance of vegetation and wildlife and identify the processes linking these to the changing physical environment; (3) evaluate the impact of changes in the physical and biological environment on traditional food sources of the VGFN and community adaptation options; and (4) develop a long-term environmental monitoring program for the OCF conducted by the VGFN through the IPY and into the future.
Old Crow is a self-governing community, and the VGFN has a rich history of managing its natural resources, as well as taking an active role in scientific research within its traditional territory.
On the other hand, productive and ongoing discussions with Parks Canada staff regarding a collaborative undertaking to implement an aquatic ecosystem monitoring program for both Vuntut National Park and the VGFN Special Management Area of the OCF suggest that this may indeed be possible.