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Porcupine Caribou: Celebrate and learn about the herd

Porcupine Caribou: Celebrate and learn about the herd photo

Recently, barren ground caribou have been listed as threatened in Canada. The Porcupine Caribou Herd is one of the last remaining healthy barren ground herds in North America. It's important to celebrate the health of the Porcupine Caribou Herd and the value of intact habitat for these magnificent animals. In April 2017, YCS hosted an event that combined traditional knowledge, management and science with films, crafts, and kids' activities. This event helped to teach Yukoners about caribou and to equip those involved in caribou management with up-to-date knowledge.

  • Attendees heard from the experts about the caribou's history, ecology, and future.
  • Kids took part in caribou-themed crafts and fun learning activities.
  • The creators of Vadzaih, the new antler-to-hoof cookbook, spoke about the project.
  • Both new and classic caribou films were screened, including a sneak peek of "Camera Trap", Marty O'Brien's upcoming documentary about Peter Mather's quest to photograph the herd.

Location: Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre. Visit the Facebook event page here. View the livestream videos on YouTube here.

SCHEDULE

Friday April 21
9am-12:30pm – Introduction to caribou management and the threats they face
12:30pm – Vadzaih Caribou Cookbook presentation
2-4:30 – Talks and panel on keeping the Porcupine Caribou Herd healthy

6:30-9pm – Films & Book Launch

  • Patagonia "The Refuge"
  • Launch of new book "Dempster: The Road to So Much More" by the Friends of Dempster Country Society
  • Sneak peek of "Camera Trap" documentary

Saturday April 22
9am-11:30am – Film, crafts, and other fun activities for kids
1-3pm – Caribou heritage talks with handicraft display
3-4:30pm – "Being Caribou" film and talk


Presented in partnership with the Porcupine Caribou Management Board and Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation.

 

This event is made possible thanks to:
~ the City of Whitehorse Environmental Grant
~ the Yukon Environmental Awareness Fund
~ the Friends of Dempster Country
~ the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between Canadian community foundations, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast
~ Tides Canada Foundation - Full Circle Small Grants Fund

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