Ross River | Indigenous Protected Area Profiles

(gentle music) – [Derrick] As an Indigenous Dena person, as our way of the Kaskas, we’re naturally land stewards. It’s our inherent duty. It’s a responsibility we have to protect our land. Through an Indigenous protected area, we can anything from land-based education all the way to ecotourism, or even just protecting that piece of land for the sake of having to keep going there for years to come. – All the world’s already
having a hard time and crazy weather and all this, and that’s why these areas are so important. – We don’t see as much game as we used to. There’s hardly anything anymore. [Derrick] – Seeing the caribou declining at such a drastic rate’s really, really alarming. It’s very sad. The land is everything that we are, it’s our identity as Dena people. Without it, we’d be lost. [Derrick] I think we’d be very pleased to see that there’s still a lot of economic opportunities to come from protected areas. You’re gonna need game guardians. That’s a form of employment. Not only employment, but it’s really socially healing. It gets people back on the land and they kinda have a healthier lifestyle. – [Gordon] If that can happen, if we can get a lot of our young people to be a game guardian and patrol the roads and take care of the animals, take care of the people, just keep an eye on, and hopefully we can protect what is left here. – [Derrick] Really because we’re protecting such a large piece of land, then we can continue to use and not to be destroyed by industry or have the animals displaced any further. [Gordon] – My future hope is that our younger people, our younger generation, would be able to come up here and see all that caribou
that we seen a while back. – And it’s just amazing being out here because there’s nothing else out here but you and, just, the land.

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