First Historic Summit
Since its founding, the Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council (YRITWC) has played a vital role as an inter-tribal environmental protection organization. The first summit in winter of 97 drew the line in the sand and was a defining moment for Alaska Natives and Canadas First Nations People. The ultimate vision of the Watershed Council was to see our peoples become leaders in protecting the Last Frontier and Yukon Territory, and to always be able to drink directly from the rivers.
The Yukon River, one of the largest rivers in North America, has been the lifeline of the Tribes and First Nations of Alaska's interior and Canada's Yukon Territory for thousands of years. In 2005, Toshiba Corporation offered the Alaska Native village of Galena an experimental nuclear reactor for "free," to be located on the north shore of the Yukon River. In this video, we see and hear reactions of the indigenous peoples of the region to the proposed nuclear reactor.