'Paving Tundra' panel discussion

Alatna River by John Gaedeke.
By John Gaedeke
The Alatna River flows out of Gates of the Arctic National Park near a proposed bridge site of the road to Ambler.

Date: Dec. 9, 2021
Time: Noon-1 p.m.
Location: Online

Alaska Native tribal and community leaders will discuss the documentary film “Paving Tundra” and how the proposed Ambler Road will affect the people of Northwest Alaska on Thursday, Dec. 9, from noon-1 p.m. Alaska time.
The event is open to the public and will be available to watch online. Attendees must register online  to receive the Zoom link.
University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Eva Burk is featured in the film and will be on an Indigenous women’s panel as part of the discussion on Dec. 9. Burk is an Indigenous food sovereignty expert, a research assistant at UAF’s College of Rural and Community Development, and a graduate student at UAF’s Department of Natural Resources and Environment.
The film also features UAF journalism alumnus John Gaedeke, chairman of the Brooks Range Council and operator of a remote wilderness lodge in the Brooks Range.
The panel will be facilitated by “Paving Tundra” filmmaker Jayme Dittmar. P.J. Simon, the first chief of Tanana Chiefs Conference, will give opening remarks.
The National Parks Conservation Association will host the event. For questions on the event, please contact Alex Johnson at ajohnson@npca.org.
The 28-minute “Paving Tundra” film is available to watch online.