Protect the North French River and South Bluff Creek ForeverThe Ministry of Northern Development and Mines could decide on on a proposed drilling project in northeastern Ontario in the Boreal Forest at any time. 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 2017 letter to the Ontario Premier:
"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Please speak up and tell Ontario that the drilling permit should be withdrawn and Ontario should work with Moose Cree First Nation to safeguard these lands and waters permanently. Please support Moose Cree's declaration to designate the North French River as a First Nation Protected Area.
End the calf huntMoose are declining across their North American range. In Ontario, a 20% decline in the last decade was recently reported. Additional steps need to be taken to protect moose.
Wildlands League is 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!
End Logging in AlgonquinStand 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. 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 Hon. Rod Phillips, Ontario Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks, and Hon. Jeff Yurek, Ontario Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry to urge them to phase out logging in Algonquin. Send your email now. Take action