Event Advisory: We Can’t Wait: more government action urgently needed to protect 30% of land and ocean in Canada by 2030

October 20, 2022, traditional unceded Algonquin Territory/Ottawa, Ontario – The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) will be joined by a visual artist Patrick Thompson of Wakefield, Quebec to call for more government action to protect land and ocean in Canada.

CPAWS and the artist will be on Parliament Hill on Wednesday, October 26, 2022, to unveil large-scale art installations of iconic wildlife by a young Inuit artist name Parr Etidoile from Kinngait in Nunavut, to whom Thompson is a mentor, to highlight the urgency of protecting land and ocean habitats and the critical role Indigenous-led conservation will play in meeting Canada’s goal to protect 30% of its land and ocean by 2030. Each animal represents a unique Canadian ecosystem impacted by the biodiversity loss and climate change crises.


  • Sandra Schwartz, CPAWS National Executive Director, Ottawa, Ontario
  • John McDonnell, CPAWS Ottawa Valley, Executive Director, Ottawa, Ontario
  • Patrick Thompson, Visual Artist, Wakefield, Quebec


Wednesday, October 26, 2022
Event starts at 12:15 PM ET, with remarks followed by art unveiling


Beside the Centennial Flame – Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Ontario
Learn more about the urgent need to protect 30% of land and ocean by 2030 at We Can’t Wait.

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The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is Canada’s only charity dedicated to the protection of public land, freshwater and ocean with a strong national and regional presence across the country. Working in a way that respects the sovereignty and leadership of Indigenous nations, we are focused on conserving nature to respond to the dual crises of accelerated biodiversity loss and climate change. Our vision is that at least half of land, freshwater and ocean in Canada is permanently protected to sustain nature and people for current and future generations. For more information about CPAWS and the work we do to safeguard Canada’s natural heritage, visit cpaws.org. Join our community on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn. Donate today. Take action.

For more information, please contact:

Tracy Walden
National Director, Communications and Development, CPAWS

Kate Toogood
We Can’t Wait Media Relations