Letter from ENGOs and Cold Lake First Nations Seeking Caribou Safety Net Order
November 27, 2017
A letter to the federal environment minister requesting a safety net order to protect habitat of northeast Alberta caribou populations.
In the letter, Alberta Wilderness Association, Cold Lake First Nations, David Suzuki Foundation and Ecojustice refer to their accompanying petition. The petition shows that most critical habitat of five northeast Alberta caribou herds “has already been decimated and remains unprotected by either provincial or federal laws”. The groups (“the Petitioners”) believe that there is no need for further assessment and that the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada should immediately recommend a Species at Rick Act safety net order to Cabinet.
“If any portion of the critical habitat of the northeastern herds remains unprotected as of May 1, 2018, the Petitioners are prepared to take legal action to ensure that the critical habitat protection provisions in section 61 of the Species at Risk Act are applied and enforced.”