News and views on conservation in Canada, and updates from CPAWS chapters across the country.
Bou the woodland caribou arrived in Southern Alberta just in time for two large summer celebrations! To kick it all off, Bou took part in the Calgary Stampede by attending the “greenest Stampede Breakfast” in the city at Community Natural Foods. Being the only caribou in a sea of cowboy hats, Bou was a huge hit! The brave caribou trudged through the sun and heat and mingled with the long line of Calgarians awaiting their pancakes.
CPAWS’ humpback whale made a splash in Newfoundland on July 3 & 4, spending the two days hanging out with the fish and crustaceans at the Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium, and showing kids and adults alike the importance of marine protected areas. The whale’s time here got people involved with over 25 MPA Surveys & over 40 signatures to show support for CPAWS’ Dare to be Deep campaign.
The new Southern Mountain Recovery Strategy calls for urgent action by all save this group of woodland caribou. Equally often the authors note the challenges to success. Success, the authors note, will require that all Canadians get involved in protecting these herds.
The unanimous Supreme Court of Canada’s Tsilhqot’in decision in late June represents an important watershed in Canada’s long and often terrible relationship with the indigenous peoples who were here long before settlers arrived. For the first time, Aboriginal title has been proven in the courts and protected under s. 35 of the Constitution, which provides that “the existing aboriginal and treaty rights of Aboriginal peoples of Canada are respected and affirmed.” The immediate result – that the Tsilhqot’in people retain Aboriginal title to a significant land base, the rights to govern how those lands are used and to the benefits that flow from them – is a long overdue affirmation of their struggle to maintain their lands, rights and way of life for present and future generations.
CPAWS has been working with the Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation (LKDFN) since early 2011 to help build awareness and support for protecting Thaidene Nene, the Land of the Ancestors. Thaidene Nene is a spectacular northern landscape with numerous ecological and cultural values; a globally-significant carbon sink that once protected, will foster ecological integrity, cultural continuity, and economic sustainability in the core of the LKDFN homeland. Stretching from the shores of the East Arm of Great Slave Lake, and up through the boreal forest and into the tundra, Thaidene Nene is a well-loved and relatively well-visited part of the region.