Global Climate: Decline of Chinook salmon in the Yukon River is a cultural and spiritual loss


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More Than Fish: Why Chinook Salmon Indicate Loss of Culture and Connection

Declining salmon populations mean more than just the loss of fishing opportunities or food insecurity in Yukon and Alaskan communities where groceries are not widely available or are prohibitively expensive. . For First Nations, the loss goes beyond the wallet or the freezer, but also culturally and spiritually.

The Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation, whose traditional territory includes the Dawson City area, is just one of many First Nations in the Yukon and Alaska that have traditionally relied on the Yukon River Chinook. They have resorted to using frozen chum salmon instead of Yukon River chinook at their annual fishing camp, which aims to teach traditional skills to young people. Chum salmon have experienced similar population declines.

“Many First Nations have depended on Chinook salmon for millennia, and it’s really hard to live without traditional foods,” said Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Chief Roberta Joseph.

The current mainstream theory has nothing to do with what happens in the river, but in the Bering Sea, where salmon spend up to five years of their life.

“Over the last few years we’ve seen an increase in temperature in the Bering Sea, and the latest hypothesis is that it’s doing several things to the ecosystem there,” says Marc Ross, director of Treaties, Fisheries. and Salmon Enhancement for the Yukon River with Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

Freelance writer Lori Fox wrote about what’s happening with the salmon and the loss that leaves “a hole in people’s hearts”.

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The Whitehorse Fishway allows returning Chinook salmon to bypass the Whitehorse Rapids hydroelectric dam during their annual spawning run on the Yukon River.Mike Thomas/The Globe and Mail

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My name is Jacqueline Muna Musiitwa (40) located in Washington. By training, I am a lawyer and now Director of Sustainability at Coeuraj: a Canadian consultancy that advises global business and governance and brings together diverse stakeholders to design inclusive and resilient solutions to the greatest systemic challenges of our time.

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