My mother's and grandmother's people
I am a Vuntut Gwitch’in First Nation (VGFN) member of Old Crow
, located in the Yukon Territory. My family belongs to the Wolf Clan.
Old Crow is a small town of about 300 Aboriginal people, known as the Vuntut Gwitchin. It is located at the confluence of the Crow and Porcupine Rivers. Old Crow is isolated. It is the only community in the Yukon Territory with no road access and the only one located north of the Arctic Circle. People in Old Crow enjoy long summer days and experience the short days of winter.
The Gwitchin First Nation extends throughout the Yukon, the northwest part of the Northwest Territories and parts of Alaska. Our traditional territory covers approximately 85,000 square kilometers (50,000 square miles), located primarily in the Northern Yukon region. This region ranges from the western border of Alaska and Yukon to the Peel River and Richardson Mountains, and from northern Ivvivik National Park to the Ogilvie Mountains.
Each spring the caribou pass through our lands on their way north to the Arctic coastal plain for calving. Every fall they again pass through on the way to their winter range. We rely heavily upon land and the Porcupine Caribou Herd for our food, shelter and medicines. This herd is the center of Vuntut Gwitchin culture and life, for we still live in the traditional way, hunting caribou for food and clothing. Nothing is wasted.WelcomeA greeting from LeslieAbout LeslieMy PeopleProtecting the GwitchinMy JourneyCounselling ServicesPassion of OrineidaWorkshopsResourcesClientsContact Leslie
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