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Based in Ottawa, the Canadian Boreal Initiative brings together diverse partners to create new solutions for Boreal Forest conservation and works as a catalyst supporting on-the-ground efforts across the Boreal by governments, industry, Aboriginal communities, conservation groups, major retailers, financial institutions and scientists.

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Top 10 stories in 2014 that will shape the future of Canada's boreal forest

Canada's vast boreal forest is the most intact major forest region in the world, but it is increasingly under threat. In 2014 there will be a host of issues under consideration that could affect it forever - for good or bad.

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Le Nord pour Tous and environmental protection : The Canadian Boreal Initiative offers its support to northern conservation efforts

Baie-Comeau - October 11, 2013: During the first new meeting of the Partners Table for Northern Development, the Quebec Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment, Wildlife and Parks (MDDEFP), Yves-Fran?ois Blanchet, announced today he will maintain a commitment by Quebec Premier Pauline Marois to :dedicate at least 50% of northern Quebec for environmental protection and preserving biodiversity;.

The Canadian Boreal Initiative (CBI) is pleased that the new program Le Nord pour Tous will move forward the Government・s commitments to develop what has been recognized as a world leading model for sustainable development.

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Mining Reform in Quebec: The Canadian Boreal Initiative calls on legislators to put an end to the precedence of mining rights and meet the province・s obligations to Aboriginal nations

Montreal - September 3, 2013: While recognizing improvements in the current Bill to amend Quebec・s Mining Act, the Canadian Boreal Initiative (CBI) regrets the absence of certain measures that have obtained consensus among many stakeholders after illuminating debate following the two previous reform efforts.

While the current Bill proposes tangible improvements, particularly with respect to environmental assessment requirements, information distribution, work plans, the exclusion of mining in urbanized areas and the restoration of mining sites, CBI nonetheless believes that maintaining the outdated system of open access is incompatible with the goals of Quebec・s Mineral Strategy, the Quebec Sustainable Development Act and Aboriginal law, including recent judgments, agreements, conventions and laws related to Aboriginal peoples.

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Abandoned claims are step in the right direction for George River caribou herd and resolving Labrador land use plan conflict

Goose Bay, August 16, 2013: The Canadian Boreal Initiative (CBI) applauds the decision by Altius Minerals and Cliffs Natural Resources to abandon controversial mineral claims in northern Labrador. The controversial claims are located in the heart of the calving grounds of the George River caribou herd, in an area that the Nunatsiavut Government expressly indicated should be protected from any development.

"The move by Altius and Cliffs is a clear response to Nunatsiavut's land use planning recommendations, and the impact of risk on both companies' bottom lines," said Valérie Courtois, Senior Advisor for Aboriginal Relations for CBI. "Resource development must respect Aboriginal interests, and land use plans are the best way to clarify what areas should be protected for wildlife and what areas are suitable for industry. Cliffs and Altius should be applauded for doing the right thing."

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Why In the News: There are practical ways to preserve Canada・s boreal region

July 25, 2012 - from the Vancouver Sun:

So how can we balance these critical environmental values with the wave of energy, mining and forestry activities in the boreal, and new roads, pipelines and ports being considered? The scientists・ report offered a bold challenge. They called for urgent action to build a truly sustainable legacy of land, water, communities and economies for Canada・s boreal.

Foremost among the solutions that they highlighted was the critical need to maintain at least 50 per cent of the boreal free of large-scale industrial development, with the remainder to be subjected to the most environmentally advanced development practices. Importantly, both protection and development should be planned in close consultation with the Aboriginal communities whose land will be affected.

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Canada's Wetlands Matter to the World

HUFFINGTON POST CANADA - February 5, 2013 Here's a surprise for you. You may already know that the list of the world's largest and most important wetlands includes the Amazon Basin and the Pantanal of South America; the Nile River Basin and Congo Basin of Africa; and the Mississippi River Basin in the United States. But did you know that list also includes two boreal wetland systems right here in Canada? Perhaps the most pristine of the world's largest wetlands are the wilderness wetlands of the Mackenzie River Basin and the Hudson Bay-James Bay lowlands.

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Why Canada's Wetlands Matter to the World

HUFFINGTON POST CANADA - February 5, 2013 Here's a surprise for you. You may already know that the list of the world's largest and most important wetlands includes the Amazon Basin and the Pantanal of South America; the Nile River Basin and Congo Basin of Africa; and the Mississippi River Basin in the United States. But did you know that list also includes two boreal wetland systems right here in Canada? Perhaps the most pristine of the world's largest wetlands are the wilderness wetlands of the Mackenzie River Basin and the Hudson Bay-James Bay lowlands.

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In the News: Lutsel K'e Dene First Nation, NWT, recognized for inspirational effort to determine its future

Vancouver, December 14, 2012 - Members of a small, remote NWT First Nation have received a prestigious prize for their efforts to create a sustainable and prosperous future that balances conservation of a way of life and the environment with economic growth.

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Boreal Forest in the News

From The Walrus

Amazon of the North

By Eamon Mac Mahon
November 2011 issue




It・s the world・s largest storehouse of carbon and unfrozen fresh water. Why Canada must give the boreal forest room to breathe

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From Canadian Geographic

Witness the Birth of a National Park

By Jerry Kobalenko

April 2011 issue

A wilderness trekker explores the genesis of the next jewel in the Parks Canada crown: Labrador・s Mealy Mountains

"...every unnamed lake, every point of land, every bald-topped granite hill has a name and a history and is part of a fabric that has sustained Innu, Inuit, M?tis and European settlers for centuries."

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