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Buffalo’s Return

Joseph Buffalo-MacDonald returns to the North after years of skateboarding in the city. He’s back in the bush looking for a sense of peace.

Joe Buffalo is a professional skateboarder in Alberta who’s dad is from Aklavik. Joe is keen on getting the opportunity to revisit his culture and take part in the trapping activities he learned while growing up in the North.

EPISODE 4

Buffalo’s Return

Joseph Buffalo-MacDonald returns to the North after years of skateboarding in the city. He’s back in the bush looking for a sense of peace.

“I’d give up the city in a second for this. If I had like, a pool or a ramp nearby.”

- Joe Buffalo

North Slave Region and Aklavik

In episode 4 of Dene A Journey, Joe Buffalo ventures out onto the Stagg River, located between Behchoko and Yellowknife in the North Slave Region of the Northwest Territories.  The region is home to the Tlicho, Akaitcho and Yellowknives Dene.  The Tlicho communities have successfully implemented self-government, and the Akaitcho communities are currently in negotiation with the government for their own agreement.

Joe’s father is originally from Aklavik, which is located on the West side of the Mackenzie Delta and is part of the Inuvik Beaufort Delta Region.  Aklavik means ‘barren ground grizzly place’ in Inuvialuktun.  It is a multi-ethnic community with people of Inuvialuit, Metis, Gwich’in and non-aboriginal heritage.  Artists from the area use polar bear, wolverine, muskox, seal, wolf, white fox, caribou and soapstone to create clothing, bedding, footwear and beautiful pieces of art and sculpture.

The Inuvialuit Regional Corporation and the Gwich’in Tribal Council are the region’s self-governing Organizations.  Aklavik is a part of both of the Inuvialuit Settlement Region and the Gwich’in Settlement Region.

Joseph Buffalo-MacDonald

Joseph Buffalo-MacDonald

    Joe Buffalo is a professional skateboarder in Alberta who’s dad is from Aklavik. Joe is keen on getting the opportunity to revisit his culture and take part in the trapping activities he learned while growing up in the North.