Peter Kujawinski, novelist and freelance journalist, has written a beautifully illustrated story about the Sahtuto’ine (the Bear Lake People) in this weekend’s New York Times. Sometimes it takes foreign media to make us realize what treasures we have in this country.
Peter writes “It’s like the Mona Lisa – a world treasure. Great Bear Lake straddles the Arctic Circle in the remote Northwest Territories. At just over 12,000 square miles, the lake is the eighth largest in the world. It is bigger than Belgium and deeper than Lake Superior, and is covered in ice and snow most of the year. The only human settlement is the town of DELINE, population 503.”
Great Bear Lake is the first UNESCO Biosphere Reserve to be led by an Indigenous community. This came to be in 2016. It is the largest such site in North America. <PHOTO ABOVE by Christopher Miller for The New York Times>
Read the entire article at https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/07/travel/great-bear-lake-arctic-unesco-biosphere-canada.html?_r=0