Gwich'in Council International (GCI) represents the Gwich'in in Canada and USA.
The Gwich'in Council International (GCI) was established as a non-profit organization in 1999 by the Gwich'in Tribal Council in Inuvik, NWT, to ensure all regions of the Gwich'in Nation in the Northwest Territories, Yukon and Alaska are represented at the Arctic Council, as well as to play an active and significant role in the development of policies that relate to the Circumpolar Arctic. GCI has a number of priorities that relate to the environment, youth, culture and tradition, social and economic development and education.
The founding members of GCI includes six Alaskan Gwich'in communities (Arctic Village, Chalkyitsik, Fort Yukon, Birtch, Circle and Venetie) two Gwich'in representative bodies in Canada - Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation representing Vuntut Gwitchin in Old Crow, Yukon, and Gwich'in Tribal Council representing four communities in the Beaufort Delta region in the Northwest Territories. In total, the Gwich'in Council International founding members represent approximately 9,000 indigenous peoples of Gwich'in descent. The GCI Secretariat rotates between the Gwich'in Tribal Council in Inuvik, NWT and the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation in Old Crow, Yukon.
As a permanent participant to the Arctic Council, funding for GCI comes from the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in Canada. These funds allow for management of a Secretariat and travel of GCI members to the Arctic Council and its affiliated working group meetings. The US State Department in Alaska provides some funding through the Indigenous Peoples Secretariat to support Gwich'in who are US Citizens to participate in the Arctic Council meetings. To supplement these funds the GCI applies for funds through proposal submissions to take part in specific projects.