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    in danger of disappearing in many parts of the world and the same fate is possible for Manitoba s Aboriginal languages if we don t act now to protect them said Robinson This legislation is the first step toward preserving and promoting Manitoba s proud Indigenous language heritage for the benefit of future generations According to the most recent Statistics Canada data it is estimated that 25 2 per cent of Aboriginal Manitobans have knowledge of an Aboriginal language down from 27 8 per cent from 2001 It is remarkable any of Canada s indigenous languages are still spoken following a century Read the rest of this story Posted in In the News No Comments Pine Falls Newsprint Mill Uncertainty Leads to Exploration of Alternative Uses of the Forest OPEN HOUSE WINNIPEG RIVER LEARNING CENTRE 3 WALNUT STREET PINE FALLS THURSDAY APRIL 22 6 30 TO 8 00 PM With the future of the Pine Falls newsprint mill in limbo the communities in eastern Manitoba are setting their collective eyes on other economic opportunities that exist in the vast boreal forests located in their back yard The Manitoba Model Forest a non profit organization in Pine Falls is leading the way by offering an intensive 2 week training course on non timber forest products or NTFPs The course explores the sustainable harvest production and marketing of a wide variety of natural products from the forest This includes wild edibles berries fiddleheads mushrooms teas fruit leathers flavored birch sap crafts evergreen dogwood and wild rose wreaths diamond willow furniture driftwood art tamarack coat racks and personal care products salves soaps essential oils NTFPs represent an ideal business opportunity for communities Read the rest of this story Posted in In the News No Comments Native leaders lobby for speedy end to flood lawsuit Native leaders including former national grand chief Ovide Mercredi are in Ottawa this week lobbying for a speedy end to a flood settlement lawsuit that is mired in secrecy and 20 years of delays As the case dragged on in federal court in Winnipeg this week three northern chiefs met with Tory and opposition MPs senators and senior Indian Affairs officials hoping to convince them it makes more sense to negotiate instead of litigate Our approach is not to embarrass the government said Mercredi the chief of Grand Rapids First Nation Our approach is to get them to co operate Reasonable people should come to the table Nearly 20 years ago the three bands sued Ottawa for failing in its duty to protect them in the early 1960s when Manitoba Hydro and the province built the Grand Rapids dam The dam flooded thousands of acres of prime hunting and trapping land shattering the First Read the rest of this story Posted in In the News No Comments MANITOBA MARKS 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF PROVINCIAL PARKS Manitobans Encouraged to Celebrate Their Parks Blaikie On March 26 1960 Manitoba s first Provincial Parks Act was passed in the Manitoba legislature and 50

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  • » Forest industry, green groups strike deal | Aboriginal Boreal Conservation Leaders
    of environmental protection conflicting with economic growth are outdated That kind of distinction doesn t hold any more said Lazar We know that tomorrow s jobs are going to go to those who can see that the future depends on environmental progressiveness and that s the race that we plan to win Richard Brooks Greenpeace Canada s forest campaign co ordinator called the agreement the best and last chance to protect the woodland caribou It really is a truce after many years of fighting each other and it s also a road map to get things done he said The agreement which will be implemented over the next three years will help create a healthier forest industry he said Canada s boreal forest covers an estimated 300 million hectares stretching from the Yukon to Newfoundland Some green groups critical of deal The agreement announced Tuesday applies to a total 72 million hectares of public forests licensed to FPAC members Aside from the halting of logging on 29 million hectares of forest within that region the signatories have also committed to implementing ecosystem based forest management practices and protecting species at risk in that area Brooks said the participants will use independent auditors to measure progress and report publicly We don t want to be embarrassed by failing to meet goals he said Not all environmental groups welcomed the deal however Despite announcements made today the devastation of Ontario s forests continues largely unabated Toronto based Earthroots said in a news release Tuesday Giant clear cuts which level forested areas as large as pre megacity Toronto about 10 000 hectares still make up 94 per cent of the area logged each year in Ontario Our forests are still being decimated by the same cut and run logging industry giants who leave

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  • » Logging ‘truce’ protects millions of acres of Canadian forest | Aboriginal Boreal Conservation Leaders
    on 75 million acres to protect woodland caribou herds under pressure from development The two sides will then spend three years working out which restrictions to impose on logging in the remaining 95 million acres In return as the agreement comes into force the green groups will end international Do not buy campaigns against Canadian lumber This is the way everyone hoped the world could work Instead of fighting and having polarized discussions the way of succeeding tomorrow is going to be through constructive good faith engagement said Avrim Lazar chief executive of the Forest Products Association of Canada The U S based Pew Environment Group which brokered the deal said it was the largest commercial forest conservation agreement ever concluded Lazar saying the forestry industry had to modernize and become greener to thrive and win new markets described the agreement as a business strategy We know where the future is we re doing this not just because we love the boreal he told a Toronto news conference The only way to make a living in the future is going to be by being environmentally advanced Tuesday s deal includes forests in seven of Canada s 10 provinces A similar agreement was reached four years ago to end a dispute over logging in the rainforest on Canada s Pacific Coast It really is a truce after many years of fighting each other This is our best and last chance to save woodland caribou in the boreal forest said Richard Brooks of Greenpeace Canada Other green groups involved in Tuesday s announcement include the Nature Conservancy ForestEthics and the David Suzuki Foundation as well as the Pew Environmental Group Among the 20 firms involved are Canfor Corp Tembec Tolko Industries West Fraser Timber Weyerhaeuser Mercer International Kruger Inc AbitibiBowater and NewPage

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  • » Former foes: enviro groups, forestry companies unite to save boreal forests | Aboriginal Boreal Conservation Leaders
    a green shift would help revitalize business The area where logging will be stopped is equivalent to 290 000 square kilometres approaching half the size of Manitoba Environmental groups including Greenpeace Canopy and ForestEthics had previously lobbied paper retailers Staples and Office Depot publishers such as Random House and Scholastic and fashion house Victoria s Secret against buying paper from Canadian companies Richard Brooks of Greenpeace Canada spokesman for the environmental groups said concerns from the public and the marketplace about wilderness conservation were key to arriving at the agreement The forest products association and its 21 member companies are responding to the demand for greener products and that marketplace is going to pay close attention Brooks added And they will reward the companies when things begin to be implemented and the change happens on the ground Lazar said the industry which suffered massive losses as advertising and print media demand stalled during the recent economic downturn has taken notice that the marketplace is getting more environmentally progressive In the forest industry the status quo has not been a lot of fun for us we ve been going through a very difficult time a lot of jobs have been lost he said Our future depends upon our capacity to transform our capacity to create the next generation of Canada s forest industry He said that next generation of forestry companies will be more productive sell more to Asia and integrate biochemicals and bioenergy into operations as well as meet world class environmental standards This forms a key element of our going forward economic policy to keep the jobs in Canada Don Roberts vice chairman of renewable energy and clean technology at CIBC World Markets said the agreement will distinguish Canadian companies at a time when forestry companies are having difficulty moving products This is a classic example of how a crisis is a terrible thing to waste because there was a crisis and it s forced us to say well now how do we rethink things And I think it was a good time for the environmental groups to do this because once markets come back people get distracted and focus on other things he said Roberts added that he considers it unlikely forestry prices will rise as a result of the pact but that at least loggers will be able to sell their products That s important in a sector where your operating rate means a lot to your unit costs he said He added the implementation shouldn t require much funding because Canadian loggers have already been restructuring to reduce capacity and cut rates and have also adopted other green practices Todd Paglia executive director of ForestEthics said environmental groups that have had the power to lobby suppliers to cancel contracts will instead influence big companies like Staples to buy from Canadian suppliers if the agreement stays on track You re not going to have to worry about people coming to your stores and protesting if you buy

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  • » Pact protects Canadian forests | Aboriginal Boreal Conservation Leaders
    of the boreal forest that are critical habitat for the caribou and other species says Steve Kallick director of the Pew Environment Group s International Boreal Conservation Campaign based in Seattle Washington which brokered the deal it hails as radically pragmatic When added to earlier commitments by Ontario Quebec Manitoba and the Northwest Territories as well as the federal government this week s agreement means that 1 6 million square kilometres of Canada s boreal forest will be off limits to logging which will make it the largest area of protected forest in the world This is good news for caribou whose numbers in Canada have been in steep decline But it may also slow down global warming given mounting evidence that boreal forests are important carbon stores Protecting these forests and their soil which has enormous amounts of carbon is a hugely important step forward says Stuart Pimm a conservation ecologist at Duke University in Durham North Carolina who advises Pew Unlike tropical forests which constantly recycle atmospheric carbon through phases of growth and decay boreal forests experience less decay and instead tend to pool carbon in soil and peat A recent study led by Sebastiaan Luyssaert a biologist at the University of Antwerp Belgium found that mature boreal forests remain active carbon sinks rather than becoming carbon neutral ecosystems as they mature S Luyssaert et al Nature 455 213 215 2008 As long as they re alive they keep accumulating carbon says Luyssaert The northern circumpolar permafrost region which includes most of the boreal forests earmarked for protection contains approximately 50 of the estimated global belowground organic carbon pool according to a study co authored by Josep Canadell director of the Global Carbon Project in Canberra Australia C Tarnocai et al Global Biogeochem Cy 23 GB2023 2009 Canadell

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  • » Historic deal on forest preservation | Aboriginal Boreal Conservation Leaders
    s massive northern forests in what one supporter said might be the most important forest conservation initiative in history Sources said the agreement to be made public today will declare a three year truce in the public relations war between the industry and environmentalists over the logging of one the word s most precious natural resources The formal announcement involving 21 of Canada s biggest companies all members of the Forest Products Association of Canada and nine environmental organizations is to be made in Toronto The industry and environmental groups refused to release details Monday but sources said it involves protection of the most sensitive parts of the country s so called boreal forest in British Columbia Alberta Manitoba and Ontario comprising about 70 million hectares of woodlands Sources say environmental groups have pledged to suspend international campaigns against the companies in exchange for the industry halting logging in environmentally sensitive areas such as where wildlife like caribou and other habitat is endangered Should industry fulfil its part of the bargain environmental groups would also help brand Canadian firms as world leaders in the use of best practices Environmental groups although reluctant to discuss the details were enthused by what it would mean to the boreal forest they call the lungs of the world because of its role as a major carbon sink It s basically the most important forest conservation initiative probably in history said Catharine Grant of ForestEthics The stakes are pretty high and both sides are contributing equally to make it happen Sources say the negotiations which took over two years to conclude were at times difficult and tense Greenpeace spokesman Alex Paterson agreed that the deal involves strange bedfellows given than they have been at each other s throats for years But he added We wouldn

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  • » Forestry firms, environmental groups reach logging deal | Aboriginal Boreal Conservation Leaders
    of the country s so called boreal forest in British Columbia Alberta Manitoba and Ontario comprising about 70 million hectares of woodlands Sources say environmental groups have pledged to suspend international campaigns against the companies in exchange for the industry halting logging in environmentally sensitive areas such as where wildlife like caribou and other habitat is endangered Should industry fulfil its part of the bargain environmental groups would also help brand Canadian firms as world leaders in the use of best practices Environmental groups although reluctant to discuss the details were enthused by what it would mean to the boreal forest they call the lungs of the world because of its role as a major carbon sink It s basically the most important forest conservation initiative probably in history said Catharine Grant of ForestEthics The stakes are pretty high and both sides are contributing equally to make it happen Sources say the negotiations which took over two years to conclude were at times difficult and tense Greenpeace spokesman Alex Paterson agreed that the deal involves strange bedfellows given than they have been at each other s throats for years But he added We wouldn t be party to this agreement if we weren t confident in its validity and what it will do for the boreal forest The truce comes at a propitious time for Canada s forestry sector which was particularly hard hit by the housing collapse in its biggest market the United States But with a global recovery underway including in the U S prospects have improved and the truce means its effort to rebuild markets won t be undermined by criticism from environmentalists The agreement is also a major step in its long standing campaign to market the industry as modern self sustainable and environmentally friendly The

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  • » MANITOBA WELCOMES, SUPPORTS CANADA EXCELLENCE RESEARCH CHAIR IN ARCTIC GEO-MICROBIOLOGY AND CLIMATE CHANGE | Aboriginal Boreal Conservation Leaders
    University of Manitoba The province s support for the project was announced today by Premier Greg Selinger today at an event welcoming the scientist who will lead the research to Manitoba This research has broad economic and environmental impacts that will increase understanding of the effects of a changing sea ice environment said Selinger Gaining a better understanding of what climate change means in the Arctic region is crucial to the planet s future and we are honoured to play a role in seeking that knowledge The research will focus on geomicrobial transformations as they occur in Arctic sea ice and sediments It will look at the health of all of the inhabitants of the Arctic marine system Sea ice is known to be home to unique ecosystems of cold adapted microbes which can be expected to change in response to global warming Mineral and organic pollutants play an important role in environmental change Selinger said knowledge generated through the research program will inform environmental assessments of resource development in the Arctic and the implications of it on the people of the Arctic It will look at carbon dioxide s effects on sea ice and its affects on the planet s temperature The research will be lead by Dr Soren Rysgaard the head of the Greenland Climate Research Centre at the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources He is widely recognized as one of the world s top researchers in this field Securing Rysgaard at the University of Manitoba as a CERC is a major accomplishment for the institution Selinger noted Manitoba s contribution complements 10 million provided by the federal government over seven years supporting the cost of a CERC salary and the development of a research program It is one of the largest research grants ever awarded to a

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