Bernadette Demientieff at NYC Climate Week: CLIMATE DEFENDERS: INDIGENOUS LEADERSHIP

“It’s 2019 and we are fighting for our way of life, for our human rights and we are not asking for anything but to coexist.” 

In 2017 the Trump administration opened up what is referred to as the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas development but “to us it’s the sacred place where life begins. We don’t step foot there. It is so sacred to us that we don’t go there.” – Bernadette Demientieff, Executive Director, Gwich’in Steering Committee (Gwich’in Nation), Fort Yukon, Alaska, 8 miles above the Arctic Circle. 

 

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