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Traditional Economy

Champagne and Aishihik people have long had a traditional and subsistence economy.  Trapping for furs has been a part of the local economy. Trapping activities increased in the 19th century when coastal Chilkat traders moved inland to trade for furs with the Southern Tutchone. The Chilkats then traded these furs to the Russians and later the Euro-American traders along the coast.

Fur trapping is still practiced and most community members continue to exercise their subsistence rights to hunt and fish. These activities provide more than food for CAFN people. They connect the people to their heritage and provide opportunities to teach the culture to present and future generations.