Tell Catherine McKenna,
Minister of the Environment and Climate change,
to take action and protect the woodland caribou

Unsustainable logging and industrial development in critical areas are destroying caribou feeding grounds and threatening their very survival. Their populations are in steep decline and scientists are warning that without urgent action now, entire herds could go extinct. 

Catherine McKenna needs to step up immediately and take action to protect the caribou. 

Help us amplify the message by calling her.

Talking points:

  • As Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, you must use your powers under SARA to deliver agreements with Indigenous, provincial and territorial governments to ensure lasting protection for caribou and their home, the Boreal forest.
     
  • We need to see clear deadlines for the implementation of protection measures, interim protections, transparent reporting on progress, and ensure independent scientific review.
     
  • For the past 15 years, our woodland boreal caribou has been on Canada’s Species at Risk list and to date federal and provincial governments have done very little to ensure their protection. The Val-d’Or boreal herd left to die off by the Quebec government is a very concrete example of this inaction.
     
  • Canada’s Species at Risk Act (SARA) is an essential tool to protect endangered and threatened species, but needs to be implemented by your government in order to actually protect wildlife.
     
  • Delivering greater protections for the woodland boreal caribou’s critical habitat will bring Canada closer to meeting our international commitment to preserve the world’s remaining great forests and unique species under the Convention on Biological Diversity.
     
  • Lasting protection must respect Indigenous rights and knowledge.

A few tips before your call:

  • Be polite and respectful.
  • As long as you are transparent and honest in your statements you don’t need to memorize all the facts and figures. Speak from your heart as a concerned member of the public.
  • If Minister McKenna is not available to take your call, ask for your message to be passed along.