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Here you'll find official news releases from CPAWS nwt. Clicking on a link will you take to the chapter's website.

Aug 29 12

Park Fails to protect, says wilderness group - Most important habitat outside park’s boundary
Canada's newest park, the Naats'ihch'oh National Park Reserve, fails to include crucial habitat areas, such as caribou calving grounds and grizzly bear denning sites, says a national wilderness advocacy group. "There is extensive science and research that went into assessing the region," said Kris Brekke, executive director of the Northwest Territories chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS). "It all suggested these areas be protected."

Aug 22 12

New Nááts’ihch’oh leaves critical wildlife habitat and Nahanni tributaries unprotected
The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) welcomes this morning’s announcement of a new national park reserve, Nááts’ihch’oh (pronounced naah-tseen-CHO), in the Northwest Territories. However, CPAWS cautions that the park boundary, announced by the Prime Minister, falls far short of what is needed to protect the ecological integrity of the world-renowned Nahanni watershed, leaving critical wildlife habitat, including caribou calving and breeding grounds, and source waters of the Nahanni River outside the park boundary.

Jul 26 12

Fisheries job cuts concern Yellowknifers
"The cuts to the habitat program are the result of the removal of provisions for habitat protection," Brekke said. "The habitat provisions have prevented harmful alterations, disruption and destruction of fish habitat in our streams, lakes, rivers and oceans. Now without that habitat protection provision only waterways deemed to be of economic, cultural or recreational value are likely to be protected."

Jul 26 12

CPAWS-NWT Raises Concerns Over Prairie Creek Mine
As a result of government cutbacks, the NWT chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) has issued an advisory that the ability to monitor industrial activities at Nahanni National Park has been diminished.

Jul 10 12

Fisheries Act and DFO Diminished by Removal of Habitat Protections
I am writing to express the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society's (CPAWS-NWT) deep concern about the significant staffing and program funding cuts announced by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) on June 27th, which are targeting the habitat protection divisions of DFO. These cuts are unfortunately consistent with changes made to the Fisheries Act through the recently-passed Omnibus Budget Bill C-38, which will result in significant weakening of fish habitat protection measures across Canada and in the NWT.

Jul 09 12

Summer 2012 Nahendeh Notes hot off the press!
The latest issue of our CPAWS-NWT newsletter is hot off the virtual press!

Jun 12 12

Yellowknife Black Out Speak Out Protest June 4 2012
On Monday, June 4th a group of over 130 northerners gathered in front of the federal Greenstone building in Yellowknife to protest the Federal Omnibus "Budget" Bill C-38 which significantly weakens a number of laws important to protecting the social, environmental, and democratic rights of Canadians.

May 24 12

Black Out Speak Out: why silence is not an option
Why silence is not an option: Black Out Speak Out. On June 4th, organizations (environmental and otherwise) across Canada will be ‘blacking out’ their websites to respond to the weakening of our environmental safeguards.

May 22 12

Love the Land Photo Contest Launch - Thursday May 24th at Javaroma
Show us how you love the land! Loving the land is the heart of CPAWS-NWT’s work. We’re inviting you to share YOUR love of the land! Please join us on Thursday, May 24th, 7:30 – 9:00 pm at Javaroma in Yellowknife, to launch the ‘Love the Land’ photo contest. Come collect your own Love the Land button, enter a draw to win a North Face Tent, and find out more about what we have planned for the summer.

May 15 12

CPAWS-NWT NewsNorth editorial on Parks Canada cuts: Monday May 14
The staff and board of CPAWS-NWT would like to express our utmost regret over the deep staffing reductions at Parks Canada that were announced on April 30th, as well as our support for the employees who have been affected, including both those who are being forced out and those who will continue their important work. This was a dark day, not just for those directly affected, but for all Northerners and Canadians.

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