Kǫ̀k’etı̀: Walking with Caribou

In collaboration with Trail Films, the Tłı̨chǫ Government have developed the film Kǫ̀k’etı̀: Walking with Caribou.

The film follows the journey of Ekwǫ̀ Nàxoèhdee K’è caribou monitors as we use traditional methods to travel across the land to watch over the Bathurst herd. The film focuses on the Tłı̨chǫ people’s relationship with the Bathurst caribou that migrate across our traditional territory, and has been a source of food, clothing and cultural identity since time immemorial. However, in the last 30 years, the herd has declined from 480,000 to only 6200 animals. Climate change, predation, hunting and industrial development are all factors leading to the decline.

Knowing that something must be done, the Tłı̨chǫ Government developed the caribou monitoring program. Using the traditional teachings of our elders, we travel to the barrenland and walk the land with the caribou to watch over them in their time of need.

You can see this beautiful film online here.