New Drilling and Mine Project Threatens Moose Cree Homeland in Boreal Forest

The Ministry of Northern Development and Mines has indicated that a decision is imminent on a proposed drilling project in north eastern Ontario in the Boreal Forest. Moose Cree has rejected the project from the outset and calls on Ontario to withdraw the permit. Wildlands League stands with Moose Cree.

Chief Patricia Faries wrote about it in a recent letter to Premier Wynne:

"The North French River is one of the last sources of clean water for our people. Its protection and preservation are of paramount importance that’s why we deemed it permanently protected in 2002 and reaffirmed it in 2015. The South Bluff Creek is highly used by our members and has camps all along it. You can still drink the water from the creek and the sensitive wetland area supports brook trout, moose, black bear and boreal caribou. Families that occupy the area are united in their opposition to this project."

The Chief further clarified, “It is not a matter of our community needing more time to better understand the economics of the project. Moose Cree will not allow any industrial development here ever”.

These lands and waters also matter to Ontario and Canada as one of the last sources of clean drinking water for this part of the province. The area provides critical habitat for threatened boreal caribou, migratory birds and aquatic life. And its sensitive wetlands store a tremendous amount of carbon that need to be maintained in order to help stave off the worst impacts of global climate change.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Please speak up and tell Ontario that the drilling permit should be withdrawn and Ontario should work with Moose Cree First Nation to safeguard these Boreal lands and waters in the Moose Cree Homeland permanently.

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End the calf hunt

NEW: Once your email has been sent you there's more ways to help Ontario's moose: http://bit.ly/takeMOREaction

(FYI: Letter now being sent to Minister McGarry)

Moose are declining across their North American range. In Ontario, a 20% decline in the last decade was recently reported. Further steps need to be taken to protect moose.

We are calling for:
- An end to the hunting of moose calves;
- An increase to funding for science, monitoring and enforcement; and.
- Creation of Moose Refuge Areas that are roadless
Please speak up for moose and write a short letter indicating your concern about hunting moose calves for a species experiencing a 20% decline!

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Support Regional Planning in the Ring of Fire

The "Ring of Fire" is located in the heart of Ontario's intact boreal ecosystem. It offers hope for big fortunes from mining but at what cost?

Ontario’s intact boreal region is home to at-risk boreal woodland caribou, wolverine, the free-flowing rivers and their many tributaries, and wetlands storing huge amounts of carbon, helping to moderate the pace of a warming climate. More than 24 Aboriginal communities live here and have inherent rights to the land.

In late June, 2015 CPAWS Wildlands League released new photographic evidence of the damaging effects of mining exploration activities within the Ring of Fire even before any mines are built.

“I don’t think people fully grasp how much activity has happened just at the exploration stage and what is being done to the land here,” says Anna Baggio of Wildlands League. “If all the claims were to be developed at a similar level of intensity, it would modify the landscape.”

CPAWS is calling for a regional environmental assessment for the region encompassed by the Ring of Fire that will provide a blueprint to plan for all the activities that may come to pass within the next decade in this part of Northern Ontario.

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End Logging in Algonquin

Stand up for Algonquin Park! Did you know there are more logging roads in Algonquin than in Metro Toronto? Up to 70% of Ontario's iconic park is fragmented due to logging, where it is still permitted. It’s time Ontario respected the latest science and recognized that logging and protected areas don't mix. Even the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario has called for an end to logging in this park and to begin restoration of damaged ecosystems.

Please speak up for a healthier future for the Algonquin by contacting Kathyrn McGarry, the Ontario Minister of Natural Resources, to urge her to phase out logging in Algonquin. Send your email now.

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