The TPC Chair rotates every year. This year, it’s the Northwest Territories turn. I work in Yellowknife with the Government of Northwest Territories as a Conservation Areas Planner, and have been a representative for NWT on the Canadian Heritage Rivers System for about three years.
In that time I’ve been amazed and inspired by the passion and dedication to Heritage Rivers demonstrated by my counterparts from the rest of Canada. But even more rewarding has been getting to know one of the NWT’s Heritage Rivers and its managers and stewards from the Gwich’in Settlement Area. You’ll find an article in this newsletter about Tsiigehnjik (Arctic Red River).
The work of students from Tsiigehtchic reinforces for me that it’s the communities, stewardship groups and river managers who are at the core of the Canadian Heritage Rivers System. I hope we can help you to conserve and celebrate your local Heritage River. And I hope that one day I’ll paddle Tsiigehnjik!