Anyone carrying out scientific research in the Yukon and Northwest Territories requires a licence from the government and approval from the First Nations people within who’s land the research will be carried out. We applied to the Yukon and Northwest Territories governments in early April and have just received the Yukon Government licence as well as agreement from the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation Government.
We first heard of the Wind River when we canoed the Teslin and Yukon rivers from Johnson’s Crossing to Dawson City. As wilderness rivers go, the Wind is pretty out there. The rapids may be easier than some of the other rivers in the Peel watershed, but it’s pretty remote!
We decided to go earlier this year, and not long after hit upon the plan of doing some scientific research at the same time. The increase in public awareness around the problems of plastic contamination in the water environment as a result of David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II series seemed an obvious target.
So, we’re in the process of planning not only a three-week wilderness canoe trip but also a small scale scientific expedition as well! Research licences have been applied for and funding arranged. We’re leaving for the Yukon in just over seven weeks’ time.