Gwich'in Council International

Gwich’in Council International (GCI) represents 9,000 Gwich’in in the Northwest Territories (NWT), Yukon, and Alaska as a Permanent Participant in the Arctic Council; the only international organization to give Indigenous peoples a sit at the decision-making table alongside national governments.

GCI’s membership consists of two representative bodies in Canada: Gwich’in Tribal Council (GTC), who represents the beneficiaries of the Gwich’in Land Claims Settlement Act in NWT and the Vuntut Gwich’in First Nation (VGFN), which is a self-governing First Nation in Old Crow, Yukon. GTC and VGFN joined by seventeen Alaskan Native Villages. GCI supports Gwich’in by amplifying our voice on sustainable development and the environment at the international level to support resilient and healthy communities.

GCI is a not-for-profit organization with an office in Whitehorse, Yukon. It has one full-time staff member and a volunteer Board of Directors.

Facts and figures

Year Established 2000
Number of Academic Staff 1
Focus Areas

Arctic Council

Indigenous peoples

Renewable Energy