The Gwich’in people of Alaska and northern Canada have depended on the Porcupine caribou herd for millennia. But their connection to the caribou goes far deeper than traditional subsistence hunting: the Gwich’in believe that they are guardians of the herd, and that the fates of the people and the caribou are forever entwined.
For the last 30 years, the Gwich’in have been fighting proposed oil extraction projects in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge—to them, its pristine coastal plain where the caribou calve their young is “the Sacred Place Where Life Begins.” Directed by Kahlil Hudson and Alex Jablonski, The Refuge tells the story of two Gwich’in women who are continuing the decades-long battle for their people’s survival—and the survival of the wild animals that so faithfully bring them life.
In partnership with Patagonia, members of the Gwich'in Steering Committee will be joining us in Colorado to show the film and share first hand about their experiences in the Arctic and how we can help. Join us for the film discussion, and meeting with members of the Gwich'in Steering Committee. Public · Hosted by Sierra Club Grand Junction and Sierra Club - Colorado Chapter