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  • July 2012 - International scientists urge governments in Newfoundland and Labrador to adopt the Labrador Inuit Settlement Plan

Protecting the George River Caribou Calving Area

        Province makes UNESCO bid official on Winnipeg Free Press view article/video now.

  • January 17, 2012 - Conservation successes outweighed gloom in 2011 by Meagan Wohlberg, SRJ Reporter, Northern Journal.  In a rare diversion from the typical end-of-year environmental doom-and-gloom reports, the Canadian Boreal Initiative (CBI) argued that positives outweighed negatives in 2011 in terms of boreal forest conservation efforts. Read the article now.

  • January 10, 2012 - Big Land Rising Labrador's Mealy Mountains area is slated to become Atlantic Canada's largest national park, protecting the land - but also the culture. Harry Thuston travelled with the Friends of the Eagle River and wrote about his experience in the Atlantic Canada monthly magazine Salt ScapesRead the article now.


Climate change is the greatest threat to biodiversity and human livelihoods, and one the most effective solutions are the world’s protected area systems, among them national parks and wilderness reserves.

Thomas Wathen, Special to CNN

"Leaves every autumn fade, but it would be a shame to also let global efforts to protect our last wild places similarly wane, as the International Year of the Forest winds to a close. For the sake of the animals whose lives depend on their movement throughout this blue planet, we need to remember that it must remain a forested green one, too."

  • October 13, 2011: Google Earth Brings Canada's Boreal to Life Some pretty amazing things can happen when science meets technology, which meets activism. A recent intersection of the three led to a new tool that could be a game changer for environmental campaigns.
  • October, 2011: Amazon of the North It’s the world’s largest storehouse of carbon and unfrozen fresh water. Why Canada must give the boreal forest room to breathe.

  • August 15, 2011: Indian Country Media Network Taku River Tlingit First Nation Balances Stewardship with Development in Historic Deal with B.C.

  • August 10, 2011: Kenora Daily & Miner
    "Local planning helps sustain regional economies while protectin important ecological values."

  • July 28, 2011: CBC Radio-Labrador
    Nova Scotia author Harry Thurston - His trip on the Eagle River in Labrador
  • February 2 , 2011 - World Wetlands Day 2011 - Forests for Water and Wetlands

    Today marks the 40th anniversary of World Wetlands Day, as declared by the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. Their theme this year ties in very closely with the work and goals of the Canadian Boreal Initiative. They are celebrating "Forests for Water and Wetlands," which also honours 2011 as the International Year of Forests. Obviously, 2011 is the forests' year to shine!

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  • January 14, 2011: United Nations Headquarters
    Grand Chief Edward John Presents at United Nations Expert Meeting on Indigenous Peoples and Forests
    Indigenous representatives from around the world are in New York from January 12-14, 2011 presenting papers on case studies of Indigenous peoples’ views on forests that include human rights, corporate responsibility, and strategies for success. This UN Expert Meeting on Indigenous Peoples and Forests was organized by the Secretariat of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
  • January/February 2011 issue: Canadian Geographic
    War for the woods
    Environmentalists on one side, the forestry industry on the other. How did two groups with different aims call a truce and sign the historic Boreal Forest Agreement?
  • January 10, 2011: Marketwire
    Harper Government Supporting the Transformation of Quebec's Forest Sector
    The Harper Government today announced a new investment to protect jobs in Canada's forest industry through the Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program. The announcement will benefit Tembec's mill in Matane, Quebec and was made by the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Natural Resources.


  • December 23, 2010: Discovery News
    Reindeer Help Christmas Trees Grow: Slide Show
    Hanging a reindeer ornament on a Christmas tree might hold more meaning this year. Two separate new studies suggest that reindeer benefit the Scotch pine and other species traditionally sold as Christmas trees.
  • December 15, 2010: CBC News
    Restore Horn Plateau mining ban, Dene urge
    Members of the Dehcho First Nations are gaining support in their campaign to urge the federal government to restore a mining ban on a once-protected area of Northwest Territories wilderness.
  • December 7, 2010:
    Canada’s caribou crisis calls for collaboration
    It isn’t every day that an international science summit brings together traditional Aboriginal knowledge and Western science. However, threats to a unique species call for a unique approach.

  • October 2010: Katinniapik
    6th Northern Aboriginal Seminar
    The “Plan Nord” and the 50% Challenge

    Setting the milestones to achieve a new conservations and development model in Quebec
    The 6th Northern Aboriginal Seminar was held from August 9 to 13, 2010, at Mushuau-nipi, on George River, some 250 km northeast of Schefferville.
  • November 25, 2010:
    On a deadly trail
    Caribou are disappearing at an alarming rate. But some think they know how to save them.

    For years, First Nations groups and scientists have been warning about the decline of caribou. Now, with some herds wiped out completely and others suffering declines of up to 97 per cent since the 1980s, governments and resource companies are finally taking note.
  • November 8, 2010: Edmonton Journal
    First Nations groups vow to fight for NWT land rights
    Federal government ends protection of Edéhzhíe in Northwest Territories

    EDMONTON - First Nations communities in the Northwest Territories declared they would take legal action against a federal decision to open ecologically sensitive lands to mineral exploration.
  • November 5, 2010: Northern News Services Online
    Canada removes sub-surface protection for Edehzhie
    Dehcho First Nations plans court action in response
    DEH CHO - Dehcho First Nations is preparing a legal challenge in response to the federal government's decision to open an area of land to possible underground resource development.
  • September 29, 2010: Yale Environment 360
    Forging a Landmark Agreement To Save Canada’s Boreal Forest
    Last spring, conservation groups and timber companies signed an historic agreement to protect a large swath of Canada’s boreal forest. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, the Pew Environment Group's Steven E. Kallick, a key player in the agreement, explains why the accord is integral to a larger plan to eventually preserve half of Canada’s extensive boreal forests.
  • September 2010: Conservator (Volume 31, Number 3, 2010)
    Quebec's Boreal Ducks
    In the boreal forests of La Belle Province – a region twice the size of Texas – Ducks Unlimited Canada faces monumental and unique conservation challenges. More than up for the task, DUC is helping to conserve the vast
    area’s wetland treasures.
  • August 14, 2010: The Globe and Mail
    New national park comes with twist
    In the old-growth forests and boggy expanses of the Mealy Mountains, the federal government is conducting an experiment in parks creation. The future park – to be developed on 11,700 square kilometres of this Arctic alpine terrain in eastern Labrador – includes the traditional hallmarks of protected status, with a key exception: Locals can continue to hunt there indefinitely.
    “There’s very few places like it left on Earth,” said Larry Innes, executive director of the Canadian Boreal Initiative and adviser to the Pew Environmental Group. A former Albertan, he lives in Goose Bay and, as a lawyer for the Innu Nation, sat on the steering committee for the park proposal. “You have intact, fully functioning ecosystems encompassing entire watersheds.”

  • July 17, 2010: Parks Canada

Parks Canada Doors Open

“On Parks Day, July 17, Parks Canada invites Canadians from all walks of life to come out and explore the best that Canada has to offer. Parks Canada opens its gates and welcome you into all national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas for free!”


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