Juneau, Alaska (KINY) The Southeast Alaska Indigenous Transboundary Commission recently held a meeting of various Indian tribes and organizations to discuss issues of regional importance.
President Frederick Olsen said they came together to work together, "We tried to talk about solutions to the transboundary mining issue, the huge mega mines in British Columbia in the wrong places that could damage our way of life in both Canada, Alaska and the Yukon Territory.
The group signed a unity statement at the meeting. The Tlingit Haida Central Council and Douglas Indian Association were among the groups that signed the statement.
Olsen said the cultures of these groups are more than just catching fish. He said the region has the last temperate rain forest in the world and has world wide impacts, "Our area helps the environment for the entire world. Locally, our people have lived in this area for thousands of years."
Frederick Olsen said the groups wanted to unite and work together on extraction and other issues, "Continue traditional protocols and collaborations that our peoples have had for thousands of years."
The group will have a free screening of the movie Up River, Wednesday, March 28th at 7 pm at the University of Alaska Southeast, in Egan room 112. A discussion will follow the meeting.