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Petition from ENGOs and Cold Lake First Nations on Unprotected Northeast Alberta Caribou Habitat

November 27, 2017

A petition to the federal environment minister showing that current laws do not protect Alberta caribou and their critical habitat.

The petition is from Alberta Wilderness Association, Cold Lake First Nations, David Suzuki Foundation and Ecojustice. In summary, it demonstrates that:

  • boreal caribou populations continue to decline in northeastern Alberta;
  • industrial development continues at a scale that threatens these herds;
  • despite recognizing the declining and imperiled status of these boreal caribou populations for decades, the Government of Alberta has not implemented adequate recovery measures necessary to effectively protect these populations;
  • none of the applicable provincial or federal laws ensures that critical habitat of the northeastern herds will not be destroyed; and
  • the lack of legal protections continues to jeopardize the survival and recovery of these herds.

The petition is accompanied by a letter requesting that the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada recommend a safety net order under the Species at Risk Act for these caribou.

Click here for the petition

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