Every year, the porcupine caribou herd embarks on the longest land mammal migration in the world, covering over 2400 km from the Northwest Territories, Yukon, and into Alaska. Oil and gas development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge threatens the food security, spiritual and cultural foundation of the Indigenous Gwich’in Nation of Alaska and Canada.
This week we talk to Lorraine Netro, an Elder of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation, who serves on the Board of Directors of the Gwich’in Steering Committee. We talk about the advocacy campaign to save the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and Porcupine Caribou from development, the importance of the Porcupine Caribou to the Gwich’in, and the impact development would have to the culture and food security of the Gwich’in Nation.
Lorraine Netro | Represents Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation on the Board of Directors of the Gwich’in Steering Committee.
Lorraine Netro is from the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation, born and raised in Old Crow, Yukon.
Lorraine reached her professional goals in the work force. Lorraine served in leadership roles as the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Vuntut Gwitchin (2000 to 2006) and a short term as Deputy Chief of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation. Passionate about issues that impact and affect Vuntut Gwitchin and all Indigenous People, she has served on many Boards and Committees which included the Porcupine Caribou Management Board, as an Alternate on the Arctic Council, as the Vice-President and Director of the Yukon Aboriginal Women’s Council, and has served six years as the Assembly of First Nations Women’s Council representing the Yukon Women, in the position of Vice-Chair of the AFN Women’s Council. She also represents Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation on the Board of Directors of the Gwich’in Steering Committee.
Lorraine is unwavering in her long-standing commitment to her community. She continues to be an advocate for protection of our Sacred Lands, for all future generations.