Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

April 23, 2009 12:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports Yukon Conservation Society

WHITEHORSE, YUKON--(Marketwire - April 23, 2009) - The Government of Canada is helping the Yukon Conservation Society (YCS) deliver economic and environmental benefits to the region through three projects. John Duncan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development (INAC) and Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians, made the announcement today.

"These projects support economic development while also contributing to our understanding of the Yukon's unique environment," said Mr. Duncan. "Economic development and environmental protection are key components of our Government's Northern Strategy."

Through Strategic Investments in Northern Economic Development (SINED), the YCS has received more than $187,000 for three projects.

Two projects are being funded through SINED's Innovation and Knowledge fund:

- A feasibility study on setting up a Yukon Carbon Fund, which received $25,485;

- The development of an interactive environmental storybook DVD called The Magical Thread, which received $147,000 over two years.

The YCS also received $14,877 over two years through the SINED Targeted Investment Program to support a feasibility study for a proposed Ecological Reserve at Lewes River.

"All three of the projects that INAC has funded have both environmental and economic benefits for the Yukon," said Karen Baltgailis, Executive Director of the Yukon Conservation Society. "For example, YCS will sell the Magical Thread DVD as a fund-raiser for our environmental education programs. We anticipate that the DVD will be used in schools and at home as a fun way for children to learn the importance of stewardship of our northern wildlife and ecosystems. The Carbon Fund would be a way for Yukon people to voluntarily offset their carbon footprint from things like flying or driving by donating to a fund that will provide money to Yukon projects that mitigate climate change."

The SINED initiative is a set of programs funded by INAC in the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut. The goal of this initiative is to promote economic development in the North, strengthen territories' economies and generate important economic opportunities for Northerners.

This announcement reinforces the Government's work to advance an integrated Northern Strategy that focuses on exercising Canada's Arctic sovereignty, protecting the North's environmental heritage, promoting social and economic development and improving and devolving northern governance.

This release and backgrounder are also available on the Internet at

Contact Information

  • Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
    Media Relations
    Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
    Yukon Region
    Line Gagnon, Manager, Communications
    Regional Contacts
    Yukon Conservation Society
    Karen Baltgailis, Executive Director