We are a team of relentless policy experts protecting Canada’s natural world.
Our vision is to protect at least half of Canada’s lands and waters so that future generations can experience Canada’s irreplaceable wilderness.
See what projects we are working on below and learn how you can help protect the spaces you love.
Boreal caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou) is one of Canada’s most iconic species. On November 14, 2018, Wildlands League called on the federal government to step in and protect boreal caribou critical habitat in two ranges in northwestern Ontario. Read the legal petition submitted by Ecojustice here. On May 1 2018, the Government of Canada finally published its first section 63 report for boreal caribou. Read our statement here. Also see the scientists’ letter here debunking the … Continued
Wildlands League is working with Moose Cree First Nation to permanently protect the North French River and South Bluff Creek located north of Cochrane in northeastern Ontario. Recently Moose Cree Chief Patricia Faries spoke at a Special Chiefs Assembly, see her remarks here. In April the Chief spoke at Wildlands League’s Sacred Connections event. See more from that event here. Twelve leading environmental and indigenous organizations and thousands of Canadians stand with Moose Cree. Lend … Continued
Environmental Group Takes Diamond Giant De Beers to Court. Read more here. An investigation into the Victor mine has found failures in self-monitoring raising troubling questions about entrusting the company to protect the environment in which it operates. The remote De Beers’ Victor Diamond Mine is located in northeastern Ontario, 90 km west of Attawapiskat First Nation in the Attawapiskat River watershed. The region is part of one of the largest, intact ecosystems areas left … Continued
Ontario’s moose are in trouble. It was thought they were doing well in forested landscapes, but people in moose country knew better. In recent years, hunters, outfitters and other northerners spoke of a drop in their numbers. Now the science is in. There is no doubt, in much of the province and in other regions of their range, moose are in trouble. Moose numbers have declined drastically in other jurisdictions so much so that Manitoba … Continued
Through an inclusive and collaborative approach, Wildlands League is working with First Nations, scientists, governments, industry, and concerned citizens on new emerging models of protecting northern rivers and on highlighting the unintended consequences of mining on fish (an important traditional food) and human consumers of fish. We hosted a two day workshop in June 2016 called Regional Approaches to Land and Water Protection in Ontario and Quebec (agenda). We are helping Moose Cree First Nation … Continued
Algonquin Provincial Park is a Canadian icon. It evokes classic images of wilderness: loon-serenaded lakes, blazing sugar maples and towering pines, rugged canoe trips and moose-haunted bogs. But for all Algonquin’s beauty and ecological significance, the Ontario government is failing in its mandate to protect it. Surprisingly only 14% of Ontarians are aware that Algonquin Park has been open to industrial logging since its inception. Over 5400 km of logging roads lace the perceived ‘backcountry’ … Continued
Our 5th Annual Paddle the Rouge happened on June 16, 2018. It was a huge success and we had glorious weather. Visit paddletherouge.com for details about the upcoming 2019 paddle. The Government of Ontario recently transferred and released its interest in 22.8 km2 of lands to Parks Canada to help complete Rouge National Urban Park. See latest news here. This is a magnificent milestone and a long time coming. Transport Canada has also transferred 21km2 … Continued
October 4, 2018 – See Wildlands’ request for a referral to the Environmental Review Tribunal, cover letter and appendices. Wildlands’ comments on Wataynikaneyap’s Final Environmental Assessment Report are here. Wildlands monitors new proposals for linear disturbances (e.g., roads or transmission lines) in the Boreal Forest because they are often the precursor to additional developments and open up new areas for industrial activities which in turn have ramifications for at risk wildlife such as forest dwelling woodland … Continued
More good news for jobs and caribou in northeastern Ontario! On June 20, 2018 Moose Cree First Nation Chief Patricia Faries signed the statement in support of moving forward with the Cochrane Plan for the Abitibi River Forest Plan in northeastern Ontario. Previous signatories include Chief Bruce Archibald of Taykwa Tagamou Nation, Mayor Peter Politis of Cochrane, Chris McDonnell of Rayonier Advanced Materials and Janet Sumner, Wildlands Executive Director. We all call on the new … Continued
The fight for endangered species continues. On November 15, a petition was tabled in the Ontario legislature calling on all members to re-affirm their support for stopping threats to habitat and protecting threatened wildlife. And our work for caribou is gaining steam again both federally and provincially. While our application to the Supreme Court of Canada was dismissed, it doesn’t change the fact that MNR made a regulation that exempts major industries from protecting endangered … Continued
Wildlands League hosted a two day workshop called Regional Approaches to Land and Water Protection in Ontario and Quebec (agenda) where the Ring of Fire was discussed and other potential large developments. Located approximately 500 km NE of Thunder Bay, it’s been lauded for its potential in terms of chromite deposits and other industrial metals. What is less well appreciated is that the Ring is located in the heart of an irreplaceable environmental treasure. And over … Continued