Environment Canada

Environment Canada

October 15, 2009 16:51 ET

Government of Canada Provides $76,000 for Aboriginal Projects for Species at Risk in Saskatchewan

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Oct. 15, 2009) - Maurice Vellacott, Member of Parliament for Saskatoon-Wanuskewin and Randy Hoback, Member of Parliament for Prince Albert, announced today on behalf of the Minister of the Environment the Honourable Jim Prentice and Fisheries and Oceans Minister the Honourable Gail Shea, funding of $76,000 for two new projects in Saskatchewan as part of the Aboriginal Funds for Species at Risk Program.

This funding will be allocated to two projects that support Aboriginal organizations and communities in building capacity to enable their participation in the protection and recovery of species at risk on Aboriginal lands.

"The Government of Canada recognizes the important role Aboriginal people and communities have to play in conserving and restoring our natural environment. Efforts put forth by Aboriginal organizations demonstrate that the government's partnership approach for dealing with species at risk is lending itself to the successful protection of Canada's ecosystems," said Mr. Vellacott.

"More than 250 species at risk benefited from the various initiatives, and over the last four years the Aboriginal Funds for Species at Risk gave assistance to 333 projects, for a total amount of $10.2 million," said Mr. Hoback.

The projects are being coordinated by the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) and include the implementation of the Aboriginal Engagement Strategy for Saskatchewan Species at Risk Pathfinder and a mapping project using Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge of Lake Sturgeon along the North Saskatchewan River delta.

"I am very pleased to support the Aboriginal Funds for Species at Risk, along with Environment Canada. Investing in these dedicated aboriginal organizations that share our commitment to protecting Canadian species at risk is key to preserving our country's biodiversity", said Canada's Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Gail Shea.

"Through this funding for the FSIN Lands and Resources Secretariat in the area of Species at Risk, we will be working with one of our member First Nations to undertake research on Indigenous Knowledge Systems. Fostering progress and cooperation are two of the cornerstones of our organization," Vice Chief Wapass stated.

"The Aboriginal Funds for Species at Risk Program is a concrete example of financial assistance aimed at supporting Aboriginal communities in Canada in projects targeting critical habitats of species at risk or rare plants. We are pleased to support the implementation of recovery strategies, for the benefit of species and Canadian society," said Canada's Minister of Environment Jim Prentice.

There are two components to the Aboriginal Funds for Species at Risk Program: the Aboriginal Critical Habitat Protection Fund and the Aboriginal Capacity Building Fund. The key objective of these funds is to encourage meaningful involvement of Aboriginal people and communities in the implementation of the Species at Risk Act (http://www.sararegistry.gc.ca/approach/act/default_e.cfm).

(Egalement offert en francais)


BACKGROUNDER

THE ABORIGINAL FUNDS FOR SPECIES AT RISK

The federal Aboriginal Funds for Species at Risk play an important role in the recovery of species at risk on Aboriginal lands. The goal is to contribute to the conservation and protection of Canada's biodiversity by supporting species recovery planning, habitat protection, and overall conservation and capacity building initiatives by Aboriginal people in Canada. The key objective is to encourage meaningful involvement of Aboriginal people and communities in the implementation of the Species at Risk Act.

In the last four years, the Aboriginal Funds for Species at Risk have supported 333 projects with total funding of $10.2 million. Across Canada, over 250 species at risk have benefited from these initiatives, including:

- the threatened Plains Bison, the endangered Vancouver Island Marmot and the special concern Columbia Sculpin in British Columbia;

- the threatened Ferruginous Hawk and endangered Piping Plover circumcinctus subspecies on the Prairies;

- the threatened Golden-winged Warbler, endangered Eastern Prairie Fringed-orchid and the threatened Lake Sturgeon in Ontario;

- the threatened Woodland Caribou, and the endangered American Ginseng in Quebec; and

- the endangered Blanding's Turtle and the threatened Thread-leaved Sundew and North Atlantic Right Whale in Atlantic Canada.

For 2009-2010, funds totalling $3.3 million will be allocated to 105 projects. Over 90 First Nations, Inuit and Metis organizations or community groups (bands, tribes, councils, nations' alliance, societies, commissions, research centres, and associations) are directly involved in the projects being funded this year.

There are two Aboriginal Funds for Species at Risk, the Aboriginal Capacity Building Fund, which is designed to support Aboriginal organizations and communities across Canada in building capacity to enable their participation in the protection and recovery of species at risk, and the Aboriginal Critical Habitat Protection Fund, which supports the recovery and protection of important habitat on Aboriginal lands. The Funds are co-managed by Environment Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Parks Canada Agency, with the cooperation of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada. Fisheries and Oceans Canada administers funds for aquatic projects and Environment Canada administers funds for terrestrial projects.

Further information on the Aboriginal Funds for Species at Risk, the Species at Risk Act, and Canada's Strategy for the Protection of Species at Risk, is available at: www.sararegistry.gc.ca.

THE LIST OF PROJECTS FUNDED IN THE PRAIRIE AND NORTHERN REGION AS PART OF THE ABORIGINAL FUNDS FOR SPECIES AT RISK PROGRAM IN 2009-2010 is available at the following address: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/bil.pdf

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of the Environment
    Frederic Baril
    Press Secretary
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    or
    Environment Canada
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    or
    Office of the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada
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