The Porcupine Caribou herd is one of the largest caribou herds in North America but its future is uncertain. Political turmoil in the United States and a rapidly changing north are all putting the herd and its home range at risk. The Gwich'in people who have relied on the herd for generations also see their future hanging in the balance and they need the rest of the world to notice and recent developments around the protection of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge have increased the stakes.

Peter Mather is a teacher who started his career in the tiny northern community of Old Crow where he developed a passion for the plight of the caribou and the people whose culture is tied to them. For the past 10 years, Peter has been on a quest to document the herd, its migrations, and the role it plays in communities across the north. Through his photos, he tries to capture the significance of the herd and inspire others to protect it.

The evening will feature Peter’s “Caribou People” photo presentation and Gwich’in speakers who will discuss the importance of the herd. The evening will also include the world premiere of CAMERA TRAP, a half-hour documentary about Peter, exploring his obsession with protecting the Porcupine her and the lengths he will go to get the perfect shot.

A silent art auction is planned as a fundraiser for the Caribou Commons Society, a non-profit agency dedicated to the conservation of the Porcupine Caribou herd.