Indigenous people join the Alaskan brothers to rescue caribou

Indigenous peoples and Canadian environmentalists join a lawsuit in the United States to overturn an administrative decision opening an Alaska wilderness for oil and gas extraction.

Posted on August 24, 2020 at 2:58 PM

The Canadian Press

The Gwich’In Council, which represents residents of five communities in the Northwest Territories and the Yukon, is now part of the lawsuit filed Monday in a court in Alaska. The Society for Nature and Parks of Canada (SNAP) has also joined the lawsuit directed against the US Department of the Interior and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

The lawsuit alleges that the proposed industrial activity will damage the calving grounds of the herd of Porcupine caribou, one of the largest herds of this mammal still in existence on the planet. This herd is also essential to the livelihood of the indigenous people in the far north on both sides of the border.

They are going to court to overturn an Aug. 17 decision of the US government authorizing industrial leases on the calving grounds of the Porcupine caribou.

The lawsuit alleges that the environmental impact assessment was poor and did not even meet legal requirements.

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