Honouring the memory of Darius Elias with a community-based fish and wildlife work plan for the Vuntut Gwitchin Traditional Territory

Joint news release with Vuntut Gwitchin Government.

Honouring the memory of Darius Elias with a community-based fish and wildlife work plan for the Vuntut Gwitchin Traditional Territory. The Government of Yukon and Vuntut Gwitchin Government (VGG) are proud to release the Community-Based Fish and Wildlife Work Plan (FWWP) for the Vuntut Gwitchin Traditional Territory. The plan is dedicated to the memory of Darius Elias, who served during his lifetime as Deputy Chief of the Vuntut Gwitchin Government, as Member of the Legislative Assembly, and as a Vuntut National Park warden. A Vuntut Gwitchin citizen born and raised in Old Crow, Elias’s subsistence-style upbringing inspired his life’s work protecting the lands where he hunted and trapped to feed his family. Elias died in February 2021.

The plan was developed in partnership with the Vuntut Gwitchin Government, the North Yukon Renewable Resources Council and the federal government. 
The plan outlines management priorities for fish, wildlife and habitat in the Traditional Territory for the next five years. 

Highlights of the plan include: 

  • exploring habitat management options to better adapt to climate change;
  • getting better harvest data from community members for all species;
  • offering more fish and wildlife learning opportunities for students in and out of the classroom; and
  • developing more trapper assistance programs that support local trappers to be out on the land, maintaining traditional trapping practices and reducing predation rates on moose and caribou.

It is inspiring to see this plan come together and the hard work of all involved. The Vuntut Gwitchin Traditional Territory will continue to be a region with healthy wildlife, abundant fish, important ecosystems and significant archaeological and paleontological resources. Generations have watched over this land and built a connection to it and I look forward to that continuing for many generations to come.

Minister of Environment Nils Clarke 

This new Community-Based Fish and Wildlife Work Plan provides an opportunity for the Vuntut Gwitchin community to further engage in fish, wildlife and lands management in partnership with the Governments of Yukon and Canada. The Work Plan honours the sacred connection between the Vuntut Gwitchin people and their homeland, a magical place that continues to inspire new generations as it inspired our beloved brother Darius Elias.

Vuntut Gwitchin Government Chief Dana Tizya-Tramm

 

Quick facts 
  • This plan covers a region of 55,548 square kilometre of the Vuntut Gwitchin Traditional Territory in northern Yukon.

  • This is the fourth community-based fish and wildlife work plan for the Vuntut Gwitchin Traditional Territory, preceding plans were for 2001 to 2005, 2007 to 2012 and 2013 to 2018.

  • Previous plans focused on human-wildlife conflict, harvest trends for moose, and harvest monitoring. Most of the tasks from previous plans have been completed or are ongoing.

Contact 

Jacob Wilson
Cabinet Communications
867-332-7627
jacob.wilson@yukon.ca

Erin Loxam
Communications, Environment
867-334-8390
erin.loxam@yukon.ca

Jeremy Brammer
Fish and Wildlife Manager, Vuntut Gwitchin Government
867-966-3261 Ext. 222
fwman@vgfn.net

Jason Van Fleet
Executive Director, North Yukon Renewable Resources Council
867-966-3034
nyrrc@northwestel.net

News release #: 
21-417