Posts Tagged with "boreal"

Broad coalition writes to Ontario premier

Thursday, July 24, 2008


Today RAN was part of a coalition that released a joint public letter to Ontario’s premier calling on him to implement his promises for the Northern Boreal with full respect for Indigenous rights. The letter is here. The Canadian news release is here, and the U.S. one is on It is worth noting that [...]

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Indigenous resistance gets the goods

Friday, July 18, 2008


If you haven’t already heard about Ontario’s huge announcement for the Boreal and Indigenous rights then you should REALLY check out this earlier post. Ontario’s Premier committed to protect 50% of the province’s Northern Boreal Forest from all industry, and to allow new logging and mining only with the support of First Nations through a [...]

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Huge News for Ontario’s Boreal Forest and its peoples.

Monday, July 14, 2008


The Ontario Government just announced plans to protect 56 million acres of Northern Boreal forest from all industry. The area falls entirely in the traditional territories of 36 First Nations communities, who are mostly affiliated with the Nishnaabe Aski Nation. The plan commits to bringing protection in Ontario’s roadless Northern Boreal region up to 50% [...]

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Indigenous prisoners of conscience

Thursday, March 20, 2008


Earlier this week 6 political leaders of the Indigenous Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) First Nation were sentenced to 6 months in jail for refusing to allow mining and exploration on their traditional lands. KI councilor Cecilia Begg, the only woman among the KI six, is now all alone in the Thunder Bay District jail, a notorious [...]

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Grassy Narrows women take action

Tuesday, March 18, 2008


Last week women from Grassy went out to the edges of their land, near where some cutting of the forest is still taking place. One of the women sent out this statement: We will go there to feel a little bit of the suffering the land is feeling. We will go there to feel the [...]

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KI Chief facing jail time for defending land

Tuesday, February 19, 2008


“I’m prepared to go to jail for my belief in my land.” Those words were spoken by Chief Donny Morris in a Thunder Bay Ontario courtroom on January 25th. With those words it became crystal clear that Chief Morris and his small fly-in community can not, and will not back down in their stand to [...]

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Forest Stewardship Council Credibility on Thin Ice

Wednesday, October 31, 2007


Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal included coverage of “growing pains” at the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). Jim Carleton quotes me saying “It’s a question of how do we improve the system, not whether we can keep the system… Because if you look at the alternative systems run by industry, those are even weaker.” The quote’s accurate, [...]

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The great northern forest

Monday, May 14, 2007


Scientists from around the world are calling on the Canadian legislature to strengthen protections for the increasingly endangered Boreal forest. A letter from 1,500 scientists from 50 countries released today warns: “We are concerned that current conservation planning efforts are insufficient to sustain the ecological integrity of Canada’s Boreal region, one of the most intact [...]

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Domtar:1 Weyerhaeuser:0

Thursday, April 26, 2007


Domtar announced today that it will certify all of its logging operations in Canada’s Boreal Forest to the environmental standards of the Forest Stewardship Council. This includes sensitive Woodland Caribou habitat in Ontario and Saskatchewan transferred to Domtar from Weyerhaeuser in a deal closed earlier this year. These are the same areas Weyerhaeuser refused to [...]

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