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  • » NDP Party Stands United on Keeping BiPole III Hydro Corridor Away From East Side | Aboriginal Boreal Conservation Leaders
    future said Swan After extensive consultation with stakeholders the decision on the location of Bipole lll was made I believed the decision was the right one then and I believe it is the right one today I look forward to hearing all ideas about how we can create a better future in all regions of Manitoba and I am willing to work with all communities to see that happen Assertions were also made in the Free Press that AMC Grand Chief Ron Evans and The Pas MLA Frank Whitehead were backing Swan s leadership bid as a result of his willingness to reopen the debate on east and west side routing options In response Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Grand Chief Ron Evans stated categorically that at no time did he suggest to others that there was a deal on the table to re visit the location of Bipole III Here is what Frank Whitehead had to say in reply to the allegation The only commitment made by Andrew was an agreement that he would meet with as many First Nations as possible including all First Nations on the east side of Lake Winnipeg during his first year as Premier Whitehead said There was no quid pro quo for our endorsement as it pertains to Bipole III We chose Andrew because we believe he is the best leader for today and tomorrow Any suggestion otherwise is incorrect According to a Winnipeg Free Press article on September 22nd Leadership candidates Greg Selinger and Steve Ashton said the decision to build Bipole III down the west side of the province should not be reversed Doer said building down the west side protects the environment and increases Manitoba Hydro s ability to export more power south of the border Legislation to help protect the

    Original URL path: http://www.abcleaders.org/news/246/ndp-party-stands-united-on-keeping-bipole-iii-hydro-corridor-away-from-east-side (2016-02-09)
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  • » Fisher River Cree Nation election results | Aboriginal Boreal Conservation Leaders
    wishes to congratulate all the candidates who ran in the August 19th election in Fisher River Fisher River Cree Nation is working to establish a First Nation designed and co managed provincial park on the south basin of Lake Winnipeg The park will respect and uphold all Treaty rights and access for traditional activities while protecting the natural setting from industrial developments Chief David Crate Councilor Carl Cochrane Councilor Dion

    Original URL path: http://www.abcleaders.org/news/241/fisher-river-cree-nation-election-results (2016-02-09)
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  • » David Suzuki’s Science Matters: Celebrating our natural wealth on Canada Day | Aboriginal Boreal Conservation Leaders
    rainforests Misunderstood as a foreboding landscape of black flies bogs and rocks and trees and trees and rocks and water to quote comedy group the Arrogant Worms the boreal s ecological values leave one awestruck This is a forest that spans the nation like a great green cloak from Newfoundland to the Yukon It is larger than all of the other great forests of the planet including the Congo Basin the Amazon and the Russian Taiga The boreal stores more freshwater in its wetlands and lakes and more carbon in its trees soil and peatlands than anywhere on Earth It supports three billion migratory songbirds the world s largest herds of caribou millions of waterfowl and shorebirds and abundant populations of large predatory animals including wolves grizzly bears polar bears wolverines and lynx And it is home to hundreds of First Nations communities that depend upon the region s ecosystems for their livelihoods and rich culture The boreal isn t the only place we ve seen good news lately The federal government has also made some moves to protect aquatic wildlife in our oceans lakes and rivers Last month it issued a recovery strategy for the endangered North Atlantic right whale which included identifying the 80 tonne mammal s critical habitat the habitat it needs to survive Under Canada s Species at Risk Act the identification of the whale s habitat triggers protection The government is also working to protect critical habitat for killer whales off the B C coast though it took a lawsuit by the David Suzuki Foundation and other organizations to convince the government to act We re cautiously optimistic that the whales may finally get the legal protection they need to survive Different levels of government in Canada have protected or committed to protect hundreds of

    Original URL path: http://www.abcleaders.org/news/216/david-suzuki-celebrating-our-natural-wealth (2016-02-09)
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  • » Heritage bid gets $30,000 from U.S. foundation | Aboriginal Boreal Conservation Leaders
    Foundation Home Heritage bid gets 30 000 from U S foundation Comment on this Story Email This Story Heritage bid gets 30 000 from U S foundation July 15th 2009 Source Winnipeg Free Press WINNIPEG An American charitable foundation is giving 30 000 to help secure a UNESCO World heritage designation for Manitoba s boreal forest The Chicago based John D and Catherine T MacArthur Foundation has donated the money to the University of Winnipeg on condition that it be used to help the First Nation communities of Little Grand Rapids and Pauingassi develop management plans for their traditional territories and to help identify the lands to be included in the UNESCO nomination The U of W will administer the project for the foundation Conservation Minister Stan Struthers said the MacArthur contribution confirms the government s position that the UNESCO bid has international support Struthers said the Doer government has committed 531 000 this year for the UNESCO bid The UNESCO bid has been made by a local native group If successful the boreal forest that straddles the Manitoba Ontario forest will join recognized sites like the Canadian Rocky Mountains the Taj Mahal the Great Barrier Reef of Australia and

    Original URL path: http://www.abcleaders.org/news/214/heritage-bid-gets-30000-from-u-s-foundation (2016-02-09)
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  • » A Far North smokescreen for mining companies | Aboriginal Boreal Conservation Leaders
    the approval of any affected community A similar process is to apply to mining projects They must comply with the plans and the communities must be consulted before work begins That sounds like a veto and it has raised the ire of people in southern Ontario who as I wrote two weeks ago still have no say about mining on provincially owned Crown land where most exploration is taking place A veto wouldn t necessarily stop development Some communities want mining and other development as long as they re full partners We re interested in being owners of those opportunities Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Stan Beardy told a northern newspaper We re talking about active participants in the wealth creation The bottom line he continued is No prospecting staking exploration or mine development will proceed without a written agreement in place at the discretion of the First Nation Giving communities this right would make them self governing masters of the land Which is why for all the talk of consultation and locally approved plans they ll likely get less Up in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut outside the few towns the Dene and Inuit are close to government in practice if not in law Although they re the majority in both territories it took decades of building and flexing political muscle to do it Those in Ontario s Far North aren t close to having such clout and they re not getting it in the new legislation Queen s Park reserves the right to the final say and why not In a democratic society doesn t ultimate power rest with the elected representatives of all the people What s troubling are the signs the government is trying to have it all ways offering a murky consultation process while preparing

    Original URL path: http://www.abcleaders.org/news/206/a-far-north-smokescreen-for-mining-companies (2016-02-09)
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  • » NEW OPTIONS NOW AVAILABLE TO PROTECT TRADITIONAL LANDS ON EAST SIDE OF LAKE WINNIPEG: STRUTHERS | Aboriginal Boreal Conservation Leaders
    areas The legislation provides a new legal tool to plan and to designate land on the east side of Lake Winnipeg as a special protected area Since the legislation was introduced it has been strengthened with amendments requested by First Nations and it will strengthen the Wabanong Nakaygum Okimawin Cree and Ojibway words meaning east side of the lake governance Council of Chiefs Accord by ensuring governmentâ to government talks for any land protection and planning stemming from the act The legislation will enable the province to develop planning and protection regulations with First Nations participation and approval as agreed to in the accord By fulfilling this commitment the legislation will ensure that protection and development activities are consistent with land use plans developed by First Nations said Culture Heritage Tourism and Sport Minister Eric Robinson acting minister of Aboriginal and northern affairs Currently traditional lands can only be protected though legislation designed for specific purposes such as the creation of parks The minister noted that some First Nations have made it clear this mode of protection does not meet their unique needs Important components of First Nations land use plans such as winter roads management of trap lines timber cutting and harvesting of wild rice and medicines need to be managed under a First Nation led planning process Struthers said Poplar River is prepared to support and accept Bill 6 For Poplar River it fits well with our plans Every east side First Nation has the right to support or not support this bill We cannot comment on what other First Nations are doing or interfere with their discussions that they are having with the Government of Manitoba Our community will not give up our goals to protect the land we consider to be our traditional territory from development

    Original URL path: http://www.abcleaders.org/news/200/new-options-now-available-to-protect-traditional-lands-on-east-side-of-lake-winnipeg-struthers (2016-02-09)
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  • » Reindeer and caribou numbers are plummeting around the world | Aboriginal Boreal Conservation Leaders
    of Alberta in Edmonton Canada But then reports started coming in that the numbers of other herds were also falling When we discovered that many herds of reindeer also were declining we decided to compile a comprehensive survey to see if this indeed was a global pattern says Vors Vors and Mark Boyce at the University of Alberta contacted other researchers and scoured the published literature and government databases for all the information they could find about reindeer and caribou numbers They compiled data on 58 major herds around the Northern Hemisphere The scientists were shocked to discover that 34 of the herds were declining while no data existed for 16 more Only eight herds were increasing in number Many herds had been declining for a decade or more A male barrenground caribou R T groenlandicus in the summer We were surprised at the ubiquity of the decline says Vors We knew that woodland caribou in North America were in bad shape There is also some evidence that populations of migratory caribou in the Canadian Arctic have fluctuated in recent history But the researchers were surprised at how migratory caribou and reindeer numbers seem to be falling in synchrony across the Northern Hemisphere When we delved into the status of European reindeer herds we were surprised that so many were declining We expected them to be in better shape than North America herds because reindeer namely the semi domestic herds are closely managed by humans The scale of the problem is shown by a map upon which the researchers plotted their data which is published in Global Change Biology THE SEVEN SUB SPECIES R t tarandus Semi domestic and wild reindeer that live across northern Scandinavia and Russia Wild reindeer undertake long seasonal migrations between summer and winter ranges R t fennicus Wild forest reindeer that live in the forests of Finland and the Kola Peninsula of Russia R t platyrhynchos Svalbard reindeer that live only on the Spitsbergen Archipelago which belongs to Norway Svalbard reindeer have light coloured fur and shorter legs than other subspecies R t granti Grant s caribou found in Alaska and the Yukon They reside in large groups and undertake long seasonal migrations R t groenlandicus Migratory barren ground caribou found across the tundra of Canada and Greenland R t pearyi Peary caribou of which perhaps 700 persist on Canadian high Arctic islands R t caribou Woodland caribou residing in the boreal forest mountains and tundra lowlands of Canada Seeing that sea of red was a sobering moment Vors says If global climate change and industrial development continue at the current pace caribou and reindeer populations will continue to decline in abundance says Vors Currently climate change is most important for Arctic caribou and reindeer while anthropogenic landscape change is most important for non migratory woodland caribou For example climate change is affecting migratory caribou in a number of ways Warmer summers mean more insect activity and caribou and reindeer that are harassed by insects

    Original URL path: http://www.abcleaders.org/news/195/reindeer-and-caribou-numbers-are-plummeting-around-the-world (2016-02-09)
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  • » Ontario Law Makes Good on Promise to Protect Northern Boreal Forest | Aboriginal Boreal Conservation Leaders
    with implementation and coordination of planning The Premier has made good on his promise to the planet and has set in motion a plan to protect more than 50 billion tonnes of carbon says Janet Sumner of CPAWS Wildlands League The success of this initiative depends on our investment in First Nations as they plan for prosperity culture and ecosystems World class values deserve world class legislation adds Justin Duncan of Ecojustice This draft has the right ingredients and we look forward to working with others to perfect it The Coalition has set out five benchmarks to judge the quality of the new legislation 1 Clear statement of ecological planning goals and objectives to guide selection of conservation lands 2 Establishment of community planning bodies to lead development and approve landâ use plans 3 Equal representation of Aboriginal people on a regional coordinating and implementation body 4 Adequate funding for community planning bodies to conduct their work 5 Establishment of a science advisory body to meet the purposes of the legislation The proposed legislation meets most of the tests for good legislation for the northern boreal says Rick Smith of Environmental Defence More work needs to be done to fully ensure the legislation will work in the real world but we are confident this will be done during the Committee hearing process this summer The lack of funding commitments to support planning is a particular concern to the Coalition In the absence of money for developing proactive plans there is a risk that communities will be forced to support development projects as the only means to get the money necessary for planning for their future Plans that protect culture landscapes and species need to be done now says Catherine Grant of ForestEthics Not only when somebody wants to build a

    Original URL path: http://www.abcleaders.org/news/183/ontario-law-makes-good-on-promise-to-protect-northern-boreal-forest (2016-02-09)
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