Government Commitments: Environment

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June 17, 2024


A year in review with Canada’s Indigenous Services minister

Patty Hajdu, Minister of Indigenous Services Canada. Photo submitted Canada’s National Observer: Over the past year, climate stories affecting Indigenous communities in Canada carried an almost apocalyptic horror. They ranged from historic wildfires that torched 18.5 million hectares across the country, to the frenzied evacuations sparked by those wildfires, to instances of environmental racism that...

June 14, 2024


This new provincial park is the largest created in B.C. in a decade

The greatly expanded Klinse-Za / Twin Sisters Park will protect nearly 200,000 hectares of habitat for endangered caribou in B.C.’s northeast The Klinse-za (Twin Sisters) Mountains are in the heart of a greatly expanded provincial park in B.C.’s Peace region, now about 200,000 hectares.  Photo: David Moskowitz / Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative The Narwhal:...

June 7, 2024


More than 100 exploration sites cleaned up in Nunavik, KRG says

Kativik Regional Government releases report detailing efforts to clean up abandoned properties This is a still from the documentary “Acting Together Cleaning Up Abandoned Mining Sites,” produced by Kativik Regional Government. The image depicts the remains of a site near Kangirsuk. (Photo credit of Kativik Regional Government)  By  Cedric Gallant – Local Journalism Initiative Reporter NationTalk:...

May 31, 2024


Successful restoration of a historic mining site achieved through collaboration

NationTalk: The Government of Yukon and Ta’an Kwäch’än Council, with the support of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada, have completed a four-year project to restore a contaminated site near Horse Creek Road within the Traditional Territory of the Ta’an Kwäch’än Council. This collaborative effort has significantly reduced the environmental impact to the area. The...

May 24, 2024


Conservation strengthened in Great Bear Rainforest

NationTalk: VICTORIA – The Province and Kwiakah First Nation have created a new Special Forest Management Area supporting regenerative forestry and conservation in the southern Great Bear Rainforest. “The rainforests on the central coast of our province have been a focus of conservation efforts for many years,” said Bruce Ralston, Minister of Forests. “This partnership...

May 23, 2024


Environmental racism bill on the verge of becoming law says Green Party leader

APTN News: Green Party co-leader Elizabeth May is confident her private members’ Bill C-226 will soon pass third reading in the Senate and become law. The proposed law aims to develop a national strategy to assess, prevent and address environmental racism. May told Nation to Nation host Annette Francis the bill has gone through the...

May 17, 2024


Ottawa orders limits on Ontario petrochemical plants

Guilbeault told reporters in Montreal on Friday that the government has acted rapidly to to recent benzene emissions. Photo by Natasha Bulowski / Canada’s National Observer  SUPPORT JOURNALISM THAT LIGHTS THE WAY THROUGH THE CLIMATE CRISIS Donate Canada’s National Observer: Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault has issued an emergency interim order to the petrochemical industry in...

May 10, 2024


Government of Canada releases report on national efforts toward Boreal Caribou recovery

From: Environment and Climate Change Canada NationTalk: The Boreal Caribou is an iconic Canadian species at the heart of boreal forest biodiversity and with cultural importance to Indigenous peoples and other Canadians. However, their population has been declining over the past decades, primarily threatened by habitat loss and degradation. The Government of Canada is committed to...

April 26, 2024


Clean Energy Support for Glooscap First Nation

NationTalk: Glooscap First Nation is taking action to become more energy independent, improve resilience during power outages and make energy more affordable for residents. With funding from the Province’s Sustainable Communities Challenge Fund, the community will install: Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister John Lohr, MLA for Kings North, announced the funding today, April 26, on...

April 23, 2024


Establishment of the $50M Indigenous Coastal Waters Stewardship Fund

NationTalk: Fisheries and Oceans Canada – Vancouver, BC – Today, the Indigenous Coastal Waters Stewardship Society and the Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced $50 million in funding to support First Nations stewardship in the Salish Sea and waters along the west coast of Vancouver Island. Funding through...

April 17, 2024


‘We’re going to be welcoming the world here,’ Lennox Island chief says of new park funding

Lennox Island Chief Darlene Bernard reacts to $72M fund for new national park Federal budget earmarks $71.9M for Pituamkek, plus economic development funding 7 days ago, Duration 6:17 The federal budget, tabled Tuesday, emarks $71.9 million to establish Canada’s 11th national park reserve at Pituamkek — a chain of islands off northwestern P.E.I. that has great...

March 22, 2024


Inuit Circumpolar Council welcomes new shipping regulations in the Arctic

New shipping regulations would reduce emissions and black carbon A ship comes in at Frobisher Bay, Iqaluit. Photo: Danielle Paradis  APTN News: The Canadian Press – The international body that regulates shipping is approving new environmental protections for the Canadian Arctic. The International Maritime Organization says it will tighten restrictions around fuels that vessels in...

March 12, 2024


Government of Canada supports Indigenous climate action with new funding stream under the Indigenous Leadership Fund

NationTalk: Environment and Climate Change Canada – Indigenous partners are making significant contributions to lowering Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions and producing green energy through Indigenous-owned and Indigenous-led renewable energy projects. Supporting Indigenous climate leadership is key to helping Canada meet its 2030 emissions reduction target and net-zero emissions by 2050. Today, the Honourable Steven Guilbeault,...

March 7, 2024


Kahnawake gets guarantee from Quebec that community will get help cleaning up spill

APTN News: The grand chief of the Mohawk community of Kahnawake says that Quebec Premier François Legault will be providing resources to help mitigate an oil spill that occurred in the neighbouring municipality of Chateauguay and has leaked into the territory. “There was definitely a commitment made,” said Grand Chief Kahsennenhawe Sky-Deer following her meeting...

February 22, 2024


Indigenous Green Economy Initiative

NationTalk: The Indigenous Green Energy Participation Grant Program is an economic participation instrument that supports Indigenous communities, suppliers, and businesses to take part in the green economy and have impactful and transformational effects on the transition towards sustainable green economies. This inaugural grant program will launch at the National Indigenous Green Technology Conference in February...

February 16, 2024


Manitoba chooses safe drinking water over sand extraction project

Manitoba Premier Wab Kinew speaks at an event in Winnipeg, on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2024. The Manitoba government has nixed a contentious sand extraction project proposed by Sio Silica. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods Listen to article Canada’s National Observer: The Canadian Press – WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government has nixed a contentious sand extraction project that...

December 18, 2023


Inuit know-how guides future of remote Arctic park 

Air Force Glacier (behind) and Air Force River valley; Quttinirpaaq National Park, Nunavut, Canada. Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 2.5 Deed)  CLIMATE JOURNALISM IS URGENT. HELP US RAISE $125,000 BY DECEMBER’S END. Goal: $125k $40,554 Donate Canada’s National Observer: Inuit rights and knowledge remain at the forefront of a new management plan for Canada’s most northern...

December 7, 2023


One year since COP15: Protecting nature and strengthening communities in partnership with Indigenous Peoples

NationTalk: Ottawa – First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities have been the guardians of the land, waters, and ice for millennia, and across the country, Indigenous Peoples are leading large-scale efforts to conserve and steward these spaces. By supporting these initiatives, and working together on a shared path of reconciliation, we will continue to protect...

December 6, 2023


Coastal First Nations get $60M boost from B.C. to protect Great Bear Sea

Coastal First Nations will push ahead with a plan for a marine network to protect the Great Bear Sea after a $60-million investment from the province. Photo B.C. government / Flickr  Canada’s National Observer: A $60-million surge in provincial funding will protect the “extraordinary beauty” of B.C.’s Great Bear Sea, said Premier David Eby on...

November 29, 2023


Salmon parks’ in traditional First Nations territory aim to save habitats by stopping old-growth logging

New plan from the Mowachaht/Muchalaht First Nation, aided by the B.C. and federal governments, signals a shift in Indigenous-led conservation across the province The Globe and Mail: Backed by a $15.2-million commitment from the federal government, a First Nations community on the west coast of Vancouver Island intends to buy out forestry tenures to stop...

November 15, 2023


B.C. prioritizing ecosystem health, biodiversity

NationTalk: VICTORIA – The Province is taking more steps to conserve nature for the long-term health and well-being of communities with the release of a draft biodiversity and ecosystem health framework. “People in B.C. share a deep connection to nature, from our ancient forests and diverse wildlife, to our coastal waters and mountain ranges,” said Nathan...

November 3, 2023


Government of Canada, British Columbia and the First Nations Leadership Council sign a historic tripartite nature conservation framework agreement

NationTalk: Environment and Climate Change Canada – Today, the governments of Canada and British Columbia (B.C.), and the First Nations Leadership Council (FNLC) signed a first of its kind, tripartite framework agreement to protect and conserve biodiversity, habitats, and species at risk in the province. The Framework Agreement enables action rooted in recognition of First...

November 3, 2023


A billion dollars for nature in B.C. as long-awaited agreement is signed

The tripartite nature agreement comes with new and old funding to protect old-growth forests, species at risk The newly minted nature agreement includes dedicated funding to protect old-growth forests. Photo: Taylor Roades / The Narwhal The Narwhal: Federal, provincial and First Nations leaders gathered against the backdrop of Burrard Inlet Friday to announce a long-awaited...

October 24, 2023


New coastal First Nations deal maps ‘future’ of forestry in B.C.

Wei Wai Kum Chief Chris Roberts and Dallas Smith, president of Na̲nwak̲olas Council, speaking on a new forestry deal between four First Nations and Western Forest Products on Tuesday. B.C. government photo Listen to article Canada’s National Observer: Four First Nations are hailing a landmark agreement with a logging company that will increase their role in...

October 19, 2023


New Government of Canada Legislation Tabled to Protect Canada’s Natural Wonders

NationTalk: Parks Canada – Legislation will finalize the establishment of Akami-Uapishkᵁ-KakKasuak-Mealy Mountains National Park Reserve and Tallurutiup Imanga National Marine Conservation Area, and formally update the boundaries of seven national parks and one national park reserve Canada’s national parks are the crown jewels in a country blessed with breathtaking natural landscapes. But this network of...

October 16, 2023


‘We have a vision to protect our lands that is more sacred to us’: Finance agreement signals future conservation boom in N.W.T.

A gathering to celebrate the signing of the framework agreement for the Northwest Territories Project Finance for Permanence. Photo credit: Jamie Stevenson  Canada’s National Observer: The stage has been set for a conservation boom in the Northwest Territories with a signed framework agreement between the territorial and Indigenous governments and private philanthropies. The agreement provides...

October 13, 2023


Major Milestone Reached in Indigenous-Led Initiative to Sustain Lands and Support Community Economic Development Across the NWT

NationTalk: Yellowknife: In a collaboration unprecedented in scale and breadth, representatives from Indigenous Governments, the Government of Canada, the Government of the Northwest Territories, and private philanthropies announced a visionary framework agreement today. The agreement outlines the terms and expected outcomes of a major new initiative that will fund the protection of lands, support thriving...

October 6, 2023


Haeckle Hill is the North’s first entirely Indigenous-owned clean energy project

The Haeckle Hill Wind Energy farm will generate enough clean energy to power 650 homes per year. APTN News: The Kwanlin Dün First Nation in Whitehorse will soon be offsetting Yukon’s carbon emissions thanks to a new green energy project. The Haeckle Hill Wind Energy farm is a four-megawatt wind turbine project located just northwest of Whitehorse. The turbines...

September 22, 2023


Tongait KakKasuangita SilakKijapvinga-Torngat Mountains National Park Management Plan Tabled in Parliament

The management plan contributes to protecting the environment and connecting Canadians to an Inuit homeland in northern Labrador NationTalk: Parks Canada: National parks are gateways to discovering, learning about, and connecting with nature. Parks Canada is a recognized leader in conservation and takes actions to protect national parks and national marine conservation areas and contributes...

August 17, 2023


New conservation funding helps Labrador Inuit ‘keep their bond with the land’

A humpback whale tail and iceberg in Labrador. Image via Wikimedia Commons/Natalie Lucier (CC BY 2.0) Listen to article NationTalk: Inuit-led conservation received a boost on Wednesday, with the federal government announcing about $3 million in funding for programs in Nunatsiavut, an area along the coast of Labrador with an Inuit regional government, part of which...

August 3, 2023


Québec Grants over $10 Million to Support First Nations and Inuit Climate Leadership

NationTalk: QUÉBEC – The Government of Québec supports the leadership of the First Nations and Inuit in the climate transition. The Minister of the Environment, the Fight against Climate Change, Wildlife and Parks and Minister Responsible for the Laurentides Region, Benoit Charette, today announced a total of $10 million in financial assistance to the First...

July 20, 2023


Province launches Indigenous climate-resilience capacity-building pilot program

NationTalk: VICTORIA – The Province is helping First Nations communities strengthen their resilience to the adverse effects of climate change through the launch of an Indigenous climate-resilience capacity-building pilot program. The Province’s BC Climate Preparedness and Adaptation Strategy has provided $2 million to fund a one-year pilot program that will be delivered by two First...

July 5, 2023


Manitoba Government Announces Action Plan to Protect Water Resources for Generations to Come

Clean, Protected Water Sources Vital to Economic Growth, Stronger Communities: Klein, Johnson NationTalk: The Manitoba government is releasing its initial water strategy action plan—a focused guide to specific actions to ensure sustainability of the province’s valuable water resources for current and future generations of Manitobans, Environment and Climate Minister Kevin Klein and Agriculture Minister Derek...

June 29, 2023


Government of Canada Supports Clean, Renewable Energy With $50-Million Investment for Indigenous-Led Wind Power in Saskatchewan

NationTalk: Natural Resources Canada – Canada is advancing toward a prosperous low-carbon future, and Indigenous communities are at the forefront of seizing clean economic opportunities in every part of the country. The federal government is partnering with Indigenous communities, supporting self-determination and climate action to enable a clean, affordable and reliable grid. This will help...

June 28, 2023


Parks Canada contributes more than $525,000 to advance the Indigenous-led Westcoast Stewardship Corridor with First Nations partners on Vancouver Island

Led by First Nations, the corridor aims to improve ecological and cultural connectivity along the west coast of Vancouver Island NationTalk: Parks Canada – Ecological corridors are key in curbing biodiversity loss and helping species adapt to climate change. By properly linking protected and conserved areas, natural processes can take place and species can move,...

June 27, 2023


Plan, prepare, act: Government of Canada launches first National Adaptation Strategy

NationTalk: Environment and Climate Change Canada – Climate change is affecting the safety, health, and quality of life of people across Canada. Every year, the country faces increasing record-breaking climate events, including wildfires, extreme heatwaves, and floods, on top of slow onset climate impacts, such as thawing permafrost and rising sea levels. Working together to...

June 27, 2023


A significant milestone between Cree Nation Government and Fisheries and Oceans Canada – signing a conservation agreement for Lake Sturgeon populations in Eeyou Istchee, Northern Quebec

NationTalk: Fisheries and Oceans Canada – Québec, Quebec – The Cree Nation Government (CNG) and Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) are pleased to announce the signing of a Conservation Agreement pursuant to section 11 of the Species at Risk Act (SARA). After several months of close collaboration and constructive discussions, the parties have successfully negotiated...

June 19, 2023


Government of Canada and Assembly of First Nations chart a joint path for new and updated priorities on climate action

NationTalk: Supporting Indigenous climate leadership and co-developing solutions to address climate change in First Nations’ communities is central to advancing reconciliation and self-determination. Today, the Assembly of First Nations and the Government of Canada released the fifth Annual Report of the Joint Committee on Climate Action. The Joint Committee on Climate Action’s efforts are rooted...

June 2, 2023


Federal Investment to Support Clean Energy Planning with QUEST Canada, Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation and Frog Lake First Nation

NationTalk: Natural Resources Canada – The Government of Canada is committed to working in collaboration with Indigenous partners, the energy and electricity sectors, and renewable energy leaders across Canada to tackle climate change, accelerate the transition to clean energy and create impactful and local economic opportunities. Today, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Canada’s Minister of Natural...

May 30, 2023


B.C.’s largest coastline cleanup gets major funding boost

NationTalk: PARKSVILLE – The Province is helping protect and restore B.C.’s marine environment with a further investment in the Clean Coast, Clean Waters Initiative Fund. Projects funded through this program have removed derelict vessels and cleaned up marine debris from more than 4,600 kilometres of shoreline, while creating more than 1,700 well-paying jobs. “I am honoured...

April 19, 2023


Canada’s delegation to UNPFII forging a new path forward on Indigenous climate leadership

Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada: Indigenous leaders from around the world came together today in New York City for the 22nd session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII). Leadership gathered as part of an ongoing international dialogue on Indigenous rights and Indigenous Peoples’ contributions addressing the most pressing and urgent...

April 4, 2023


Mi’kmaq Forestry Initiative shapes future of Nova Scotia forestry sector

NationTalk: Mi’kma’ki – A first-of-its kind partnership is bringing traditional and ancestral Mi’kmaw knowledge to the Nova Scotian forestry sector and providing opportunities and prosperity to Mi’kmaw communities through forestry. The Mi’kmaq Forestry Initiative (MFI) serves Mi’kmaw communities, supporting the development of sustainable economic opportunities for the Mi’kmaq and promoting community prosperity through the lens...

March 28, 2023


Nunavut flips stance on caribou protection again, now supports development ban on calving grounds

Position derived from community feedback at NPC hearings, premier says CBC News: The government of Nunavut has once again flipped its position on resource development on caribou calving grounds. In a submission to the Nunavut Planning Commission (NPC) on the 2021 draft Nunavut land use plan, the territorial government now supports a “prohibition of development within calving...

March 6, 2023


Watershed strategy co-developed with First Nations, $100 million invested

NationTalk: VICTORIA – Government and the B.C.-First Nations Water Table announced an unprecedented $100-million investment in healthy watersheds and the launch of engagement on a new co-developed watershed security strategy intentions paper to help ensure safe, clean water is available to communities throughout B.C. for generations. This $100-million investment in the Watershed Security Fund builds on last...

February 15, 2023


B.C. expands old-growth logging deferral to 2.1 million hectares, promises greater First Nations collaboration

New money coming for forest landscape planning and to help mills diversify CBC News: The British Columbia government announced new measures Wednesday it says will better protect old growth by working with First Nations while it ramps up investments to encourage innovation in an industry that has been plagued by job losses. The province says it’s expanding the...

February 5, 2023


Marine Protected Area Network partners endorse plan to protect British Columbia’s North Coast

NationTalk: Fisheries and Oceans Canada: Vancouver, British Columbia – The blueprint for a vast network of marine protected areas (MPAs) across the northern third of Canada’s West Coast is being unveiled after more than a decade of work. Today, 15 First Nations, the Government of Canada, and the Government of British Columbia (B.C.) are jointly announcing...

January 31, 2023


Ontario Announces New First Nations Partnership to Operate Mississagi Provincial Park

NationTalk: Innovative agreement will continue to support local economy and employment opportunities in Elliot Lake, and Mississauga and Serpent River First Nations Environment, Conservation and Parks  Table of Contents Content Quick Facts Additional Resources Related Topics BLIND RIVER — The Ontario government has entered into an operating agreement with the newly formed Mississagi Park Foundation...

January 25, 2023


‘Rarest of the rare’: B.C’s newest conservancy protects globally imperilled rainforest

The move will permanently protect at-risk species and biodiversity — including rare lichens, grizzly bear and wolverine — in an area Premier David Eby describes as ‘one of B.C.’s greatest treasures’ The Narwhal: A globally endangered rainforest with cedar trees more than 1,000 years old will be permanently protected in a new conservancy in southeast...

January 10, 2023


A Policy for the Stewardship of Yukon’s Wetlands released

NationTalk: Today, Minister Nils Clark and Minister John Streicker announced the release of A Policy for the Stewardship of Yukon’s Wetlands, the territory’s first ever wetlands policy. Wetlands are important to the territory’s ecosystem and contribute to the wellbeing of Yukoners in a variety of ways, from hosting rich biodiversity to their cultural significance for...

September 29, 2022


The Government of Canada invests in partnership with Indigenous Peoples in the next phase of the Oceans Protection Plan

Transport Canada:Indigenous Peoples and coastal communities have had traditional and cultural ties with Canada’s oceans and waterways for generations. The next phase of Canada’s Oceans Protection Plan will continue to build on opportunities for Indigenous Peoples and coastal communities to collaboratively protect, preserve, and restore our oceans and waterways. Today, the Minister of Transport, the...

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