Australia’s Indigenous Rangers enjoy Dog Sledding in Canada’s Northwest Territories

Australia’s Indigenous Rangers enjoy Dog Sledding in Canada’s Northwest Territories


(upbeat music) – My name is Steven Nitah. I’m a Dene from the
community of Łutselk’e. We’re working on creating the National Indigenous Guardians Network and Indigenous Protected
and Conserved Areas. We’re modeling our design
on the Australian model. Having them here to tell the stories, I think it’s an important collaboration. – I don’t know, this is like minus 40. Back home it’s probably
about 35, 36, I think today. Shorts and T-shirt weather, and here we are with all
this gear on, look at it! …it’s nice and warm. – When you have Indigenous
people get together from different parts of the world, it’s an opportunity for cultural exchange, an exchange of what’s important
to them in their homeland. In the North, we’ve been
using dog teams for eons. I, myself, had a dog team as a young guy. I used to trap with a dog team, and the relationship with dogs is very important historically. (barking) It’s my first time. See what I can experience. (upbeat music) – How am I feeling? This is like being in the movies. Sledding, I’ve seen this in the movies! It’s a whole different
world, different experience You have to take your hats off to
the people who survived in this environment,
and temperatures and things of that nature Hats off to all of them people! – And having them experience
the dog team rides, gives them a little perspective of Indigenous people in Northern Canada. And they can better
relate to us in that way.

Antonio Breitenberg

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