VANCOUVER — The David Suzuki Foundation welcomes the signing of the conservation agreement between the province of British Columbia, the federal government and West Moberly and Saulteau First Nations for the threatened Pine, Quintette and Narraway caribou ranges.
This historic agreement addresses some of the most pressing issues of our time: Indigenous rights and title, measurable recovery of endangered species and helping our economy adapt to a changing world.
We are committed to supporting Indigenous Peoples as decision-makers within their traditional territories, and honour the many First Nations playing leadership roles in caribou recovery measures.
This federal, provincial and First Nations partnership will contribute to caribou recovery, increased capacity for the nations and engagement and support for local communities. Agreements like this can help build a sustainable economy that supports people, biodiversity and a safe climate.
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David Suzuki Foundation CEO Steve Cornish and Western Canada director-general Jay Ritchlin are at the news conference.
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The David Suzuki Foundation (davidsuzuki.org) is a leading Canadian environmental non-profit organization, collaborating with all people in Canada, including government and business, to conserve the environment and find solutions that will create a sustainable Canada through evidence-based research, public engagement and policy work. The Foundation operates in English and French, with offices in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal.