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Gwich’in Steering Committee Statement at Travelers Annual Meeting Requests U.S. Insurance Giant to Report on Risks from Failure to Secure Indigenous Peoples’ Free, Prior and Informed Consent

For Immediate Release Hartford, CT – The Gwich’in Steering Committee (GSC) provided a statement today at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Travelers, a major U.S. company with a history of underwriting oil and gas […]

Gwich’in Steering Committee and Gwich’in Youth Council Respond to Bank of America’s Quiet Arctic Policy Shift; GSC Requests Meeting with Bank Leadership

The Gwich’in Steering Committee voices deep concern over Bank of America’s recent policy shift, as reported by The New York Times. This change could undermine Bank of America’s public commitment to avoid financing oil and […]

Gwich’in Steering Committee Statement on AIDEA Lease Cancellation

The Gwich’in Steering Committee welcomes the cancellation of AIDEA’s leases to develop oil and gas on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge – land sacred to the Gwich’in and the birthing grounds […]

Insurance Industry Scorecard Update Reports 20 Global Insurers now Protect Land Sacred to Alaska Natives in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

For Immediate Release  FAIRBANKS, AK – An update to the Gwich’in Steering Committee (GSC) insurance industry scorecard released today reports 20 insurers now have a policy that protects Iizhik Gwats’an Gwandaii Goodlit (“The Sacred Place […]

Gwich’in Steering Committee Speaks at Travelers Annual Meeting, Requests U.S. Insurance Giant Not Support Oil and Gas Projects in the Arctic Refuge

For Immediate Release Hartford, CT – Traveling over 4,300 miles from Alaska to Connecticut, the Gwich’in Steering Committee delivered a statement today at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Travelers, a major U.S. company with […]

Chubb Becomes the first American Insurance Company with Explicit Policy to Not Underwrite Oil and Gas Development in the Arctic Refuge

For Immediate Release Fairbanks, AK – The Gwich’in Steering Committee applauds Chubb’s policy announcement that helps protect Iizhik Gwats’an Gwandaii Goodlit (The Sacred Place where Life Begins). With the release of Chubb’s 2023 proxy statement, […]

Three New Insurers Confirm Policy to Not Underwrite Oil & Gas Development in the Arctic

Total Climbs to 17 International Companies that Protect the Sacred Coastal Plain, though Still No Clear Commitments from U.S. Insurers For Immediate Release Fairbanks, AK – Two Bermuda-based insurance companies, ARGO Group and Fidelis Insurance Holdings […]

GSC and 240 Allied Organizations Urge U.S. Insurance Companies to Meet the Moment with Policy to Protect the Arctic Refuge 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Hartford, CT – Once again calling upon U.S. insurance companies to commit to protection of the Coastal Plain of the Arctic Refuge from oil and gas development, the Gwich’in Steering Committee (GSC) […]

The Gwich’in Steering Committee Celebrates Another Oil Driller Exit from Arctic Refuge 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Fairbanks, AK  – The Gwich’in Steering Committee applauds yet another company for exiting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Knik Arm Services is the latest to cancel their oil and gas lease and […]

Gwich’in Leaders Denounce Senate Leadership for Slamming the Door on Sacred Lands in the Arctic Refuge

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Gwich’in leaders were deeply disappointed today by the decision by the Senate to slam the door on protecting sacred lands in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as part of budget reconciliation–the very […]