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Conservation of Wood Buffalo National Park of ‘significant concern’, local Indigenous communities and environmental organizations say more action is needed

EDMONTON, AB – The ongoing precarious state of Wood Buffalo National Park was internationally recognized today by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which stated in a report assessing all of its World Heritage Sites, that its conservation outlook is of “significant concern”. This assessment came only one day after the Government of Canada was due to submit a State of Conservation update report to the UN on the federal government’s implementation of the Wood Buffalo National Park Action Plan to recover the park. The Action Plan was announced nearly two years ago, but Indigenous communities and environmental organizations have consistently expressed concerns about the need for more resources and timely actions to reflect the scope and severity of threats.  Read more about Conservation of Wood Buffalo National Park of ‘significant concern’, local Indigenous communities and environmental organizations say more action is needed

Issue Brief: Vista coal mine expansion

Updated: September 3, 2020

The Coalspur Vista mine is one of the largest thermal coal mines in Canada, and the proposed expansion could almost triple its capacity. Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson declined in December 2019 to order a federal impact assessment, but he reversed this decision on July 30 so the project will undergo a federal impact assessment. Coalspur Mines has launched a legal challenge to the Minister's decision.

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Call to Action for Energy Champions

Keepers is providing free energy audits for a short time


Our Call to Action for Energy Champions invites First Nations, Métis Settlements, non-profit organizations, local businesses, municipalities, schools, and individuals in Northern Alberta to find energy cost savings.

Benefits of participation include: Read more about Call to Action for Energy Champions

Groups across Alberta and the Northwest Territories warn the federal government of impacts of monitoring suspensions on Wood Buffalo National Park

Edmonton – The following letter was submitted on behalf of a joint group including: Fort Chipewyan Métis Association, Northwest Territory Métis Nation, Smith’s Landing First Nation, the Hamlet of Fort Resolution, Keepers of the Athabasca Watershed Society Organization, Alberta Wilderness Association, CPAWS Northern Alberta, CPAWS Northwest Territories, Ecology North, Alternatives North, and Council of Canadians – Edmonton and Northwest Territories Chapters. The letter to the federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change outlines the substantial risks to downstream communities and ecosystems due to the Alberta Energy Regulator’s decision to suspend environmental monitoring for oil & gas projects. The health of Wood Buffalo National Park and the success of its federal Action Plan is undermined by these suspensions. Wood Buffalo National Park is Canada’s largest national park, and continued ecological degradation would be grounds to list as a World Heritage Site “in Danger”. 

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Community Climate Action workshop

Sep 12 2019 - 12:00pm to 3:30pm
Sep 12 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

From the Keepers of the Athabsca Facebook event page:

  • Latest science on climate change
  • Difference between weather and climate
  • Observations of Traditional Knowledge Holders
  • Emergency preparedness: how to stay safe!
  • What we can do to help slow down climate change
  • How to develop solar installations
  • Request for Proposal: examples, template, distribution, evaluation
  • Reviewing Energy Efficiency Alberta programs and their results in Alberta
  • Plans from around the world

Please register by calling the Friendship Centre: 780 743-8555 and press 0 for reception, or emailing [email protected]. Read more about Community Climate Action workshop

Location

Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre
8310 Manning Avenue
T9H 1W1 Fort McMurray , AB

Community Climate Action Workshop

Sep 11 2019 - 12:00pm to 3:30pm
Sep 11 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

From the Keepers of the Athabsca Facebook event page:

  • Latest science on climate change
  • Difference between weather and climate
  • Observations of Traditional Knowledge Holders
  • Emergency preparedness: how to stay safe!
  • What we can do to help slow down climate change
  • How to develop solar installations
  • Request for Proposal: examples, template, distribution, evaluation
  • Reviewing Energy Efficiency Alberta programs and their results in Alberta
  • Climate Plans from around the world

Please register by calling the Friendship Centre: 780 523-4511 or emailing [email protected]​​​​​​​ Read more about Community Climate Action Workshop

Location

High Prairie Native Friendship Centre
4919 51 Avenue
T0G 1E0 High Prairie , AB

Community Climate Action workshop

Sep 3 2019 - 12:00pm to 3:30pm
Sep 3 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

From the Keepers of the Athabsca Facebook event page:

  • Latest science on climate change
  • Difference between weather and climate
  • Observations of Traditional Knowledge Holders
  • Emergency preparedness: how to stay safe!
  • What we can do to help slow down climate change
  • How to develop solar installations
  • Request for Proposal: examples, template, distribution, evaluation
  • Reviewing Energy Efficiency Alberta programs and their results in Alberta
  • Plans from around the world

Please register by calling the Friendship Centre: 780 849-3039 or emailing [email protected] Read more about Community Climate Action workshop

Location

Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre
416 6 Avenue NE
T0G 2A2 Slave Lake , AB

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