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Historic Meeting of North American Athabaskan People and the Ket People of Siberia

April 9, 2010
Whitehorse, Yukon

In the coming week, Canadian and Alaskan leaders of the Arctic Athabaskan Council (AAC) will meet for the first time with representatives of the Kets, a Siberian Indigenous people resident in four villages on the Yenisei River in the Krasnoyarsk Krai district of Russia. The Ket language and Athabaskan languages including Gwich’in, Dene, Navaho and Apache of North America now appear to have an ancient common ancestor. There are approximately 1,200 Kets of whom about 200 still speak their indigenous language.

Remarks by Michael Stickman at the Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting, Iqaluit 2015

Good morning. My name is Michael Stickman. I live in Nulato, a small village on the Yukon river in Alaska. I’m the International Chair of the Arctic Athabaskan Council, which represents Athabaskan peoples in Alaska and northern Canada. With me are William Erasmus, International Vice-Chair of AAC and National Chief of the Dene Nation; Dr. Annette Watson, Technical Advisor; and Jennine Jordan, my special assistant and our business representative on the Arctic Economic Council.

Arctic Athabaskan Council


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