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Old Crow

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Old Crow is the most northerly community in the Yukon, and the only community that can't be reached by road. In some years a temporary winter road is constructed. Old Crow is located on the banks of the Porcupine River, north of the Arctic Circle about 800 kilometres north of Whitehorse. It is the home of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation.

According to archaeological evidence, the Old Crow area might be the site of the earliest human occupation in North America. The record of people in the area can be traced back about 15,000 years. The community of Old Crow became a year-round settlement in the 1950s with the building of a school and store. Before this, the site was a gathering spot for hunting and for trade along the Porcupine River.

Old Crow is almost next door to Vuntut National Park, which was created in 1995 as a result of the Vuntut Gwitchin land claims settlement. The park and an adjacent Special Management Area encompass much of Old Crow Flats, a world-renowned wetland. They are jointly managed by government and the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation.

The Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation is part of the Gwich'in people whose traditional territory extends across parts of Alaska, the Yukon, and the Northwest Territories. Although the people of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation live a traditional life, relying heavily on the Porcupine Caribou herd, they also participate in higher education, are active in Yukon governing bodies and travel widely for work and pleasure. They are at home in both worlds.

Source: Yukon Community Profiles

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