Protecting caribou, bison on agenda for YK conference
Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 4:51 PM
Yellowknife, N.W.T, - The three territorial governments are hosting an international conference next month, and one of the hot-button issues will be something very familiar to Northerners.
Over 200 delegates from around the world will be in town for the 2011 Arctic Ungulate Conference, which aims at solving the problems many hooved animals face, including caribou, moose and bison.
Scientists, researchers and politicians will discuss how to deal with the effects that climate change and human activities have on dwindling herds.
The chair of the conference, Nicole Mccutchen, said the event happens every four years and, this time, there will be some new features.
"Historically, this has been a very scientific-based conference. But, because we are in the North, and because traditional knowledge is key to how we do things up here, including managing and monitoring animals, we actually have a number of traditional knowledge sessions."
There will also be a story-telling session where speakers will discuss the personal importance of the animals.
Mccutchen said they will also talk about how to manage predators near the animals, and limiting land-use activities.
The 2011 Arctic Ungulate Conference goes from August 22nd to the 26th.
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