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Oct. 12, 2022, 1:19 p.m.

How salmon collapse in Alaska's Yukon River is drastically changing Native ways of life

Summary

For the second year in a row, a severe and sudden salmon collapse is impacting Indigenous residents on Alaska's Yukon River and causing food insecurity. The traditional villages whose ways of life have revolved around the fish for thousands of years are now also facing a devastating loss of culture. For a transcript of this story, click here .

Five Facts

  • Where does this story take place?
  • What has happened to the salmon population in the Yukon?
  • Who are some of the people affected by the dwindling salmon population?
  • Why have salmon populations collapsed, according to scientists?
  • How are some of the people living on the Yukon trying to address the salmon shortage?

Focus Questions

Why do you think a particular kind of fish is so important to the culture of the people interviewed in this story? Media literacy: Where would you go to better understand why salmon are disappearing from the Yukon River?

For More

What students can do: Indigenous peoples throughout the Americas have been adapting to changing climate for thousands of years, and many native tribes lead projects to adapt to climate change today. Read the following article and write down examples of projects designed to help adapt to climate change. Which might be helpful for villages on the Yukon River?

How Native tribes are taking the lead on planning for climate change


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