On December 8th, 2016 Michael McLeod delivered the following statement in the House of Commons:
Mr. Speaker, today I am adding my voice to that of my colleague from the Yukon to speak about the need to protect the Porcupine Caribou calving grounds, located in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge .
In fact, I ask all of us in this House to speak together to protect these grounds as the risk to this area of being opened up for drilling increases. The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge one of the most fragile ecosystems in the world, and is already under assault from climate change.
The Gwich’in people have traditionally relied on the Porcupine Caribou herd as a main source of food, tools, clothing and trade. Caribou is not hunted for sport or entertainment. Today, it still fills freezers for elders and the stomachs of many families.
We must work together to sustain present and future generations of this herd. I encourage all MPs and Canadians to help seek permanent protection for the Porcupine Caribou calving grounds in Alaska.