Three Rivers

Among his "evil quartet" of processes driving species extinction, prominent ecologist and author Jared Diamond included the recent phenomenon of over-hunting (or over-exploitation) as a major issue. The Sacred Headwaters region of British Columbia has in recent years become synonymous with an on-going battle be-tween resource extraction and native land use rights in Canada but while mining has primarily been the focus of this, over-hunting has been an ever-present and un-addressed danger.

For several years running, a small group of Tahltan elders have attempted to ban-ish a yearly infux of resident hunters from an area that Wade Davis has dubbed the “Sisteen Chapel of Canada”. An issue that initially began on an ecological foundation has quickly spilled over into a clash of identity, ideology and spirituality.