SFU: New analysis of century-old fish scales reveals startling decline in salmon populations

August 20, 2019

Michael Price, Biological Sciences, 604-842-4409, mhprice@sfu.ca
John Reynolds, Biological Sciences, 778.782.5636, reynolds@sfu.ca
Braden McMillan, University Communications & Marketing, 778.782.3210, bradenm@sfu.ca

Study: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/conl.12669
Research summary: http://www.michaelprice.org/summaries.html
Photos: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1UVYIuObFK8xjCsenkmgjX28LV-yS6CiL?usp=sharing

Researchers drawing on 100-year-old sources of salmon data have found that recent returns of wild adult sockeye salmon to the Skeena River—Canada’s second largest salmon watershed— are 75 per cent lower than during historical times. Research carried out by Simon Fraser University and Fisheries and Oceans Canada and published today in Conservation Letters reveals that wild sockeye populations have declined by as much as 56-99 per cent over the last century.

The research team used modern genetic tools to analyse a collection of fish scales that had been in storage for more than 100 years, revealing population patterns of decline that are far greater than previously recognized.

Fisheries scientists began collecting scales from sockeye salmon caught in commercial fisheries in 1912, and the collection continued until 1948.

The analyses reveal century-long declines that are much greater than those based on modern- era abundance data, which only extend back to 1960. Previous analysis suggested that only seven of 13 populations declined over the last five decades. The researchers’ new approach shifted baseline data to as far back as 1913.

Michael Price, an SFU PhD candidate and lead study author, says applying modern genetic techniques to ancient fish tissue is an emerging and powerful tool for understanding historical contexts for conservation, such as verifying population extinctions or loss in diversity.

“Historical perspectives for exploited species are critical to understanding the extent of decline in depressed populations,” says Price. “Naturally, the better we understand the past, the more informed our decisions towards recovery will be.”

The study found that commercial fisheries’ historical preference for capturing larger-bodied populations by gill net was the most probable driver of differences in rates of decline among populations over the last century.

“Salmon are fundamental components of ecosystems, and such loss of abundance has reduced nutrient subsidies for wildlife, undermined Indigenous peoples’ food security, and eroded the biocomplexity of sockeye throughout the watershed,” says SFU professor John Reynolds, a study co-author, and the SFU Tom Buell BC Leadership Chair in Aquatic Conservation.

Price and Reynolds say the research, which expands our understanding of the salmon’s production potential, will help inform status evaluations and also discussions for rebuilding depleted populations.

Fast Facts:

  • Researchers used a collection of fish scales that had been in storage for more than 100 years;
  • Wild Skeena sockeye populations have declined by 56-99 per cent over the last century;
  • These analyses reveal declines that are much greater than those based on modern era abundance data;
  • Populations of larger-bodied fish have declined the most in abundance, likely because of size-selective commercial fisheries;
  • This research will help inform status evaluations and rebuilding plan discussions for depleted populations.

About Simon Fraser University:

As Canada’s engaged university, SFU is defined by its dynamic integration of innovative education, cutting-edge research and far-reaching community engagement. SFU was founded more than 50 years ago with a mission to be a different kind of university—to bring an interdisciplinary approach to learning, embrace bold initiatives, and engage with communities near and far. Today, SFU is Canada’s leading comprehensive research university and is ranked one of the top universities in the world. With campuses in British Columbia’s three largest cities – Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey – SFU has eight faculties, delivers almost 150 programs to over 35,000 students, and boasts more than 155,000 alumni in 143 countries around the world.


Royal BC Museum releases province’s first Indigenous Repatriation Handbook – The Martlet

August 19, 2019

Handbook looks to guide museums out of a dark history of colonizing practices

The Royal BC Museum has items from Indigenous peoples across the province in its collection — but not all of these items were collected with the permission of those Indigenous peoples. Now, the museum is on a path to repatriation, or the process of returning something to its nation of origin.

Last month, the Royal BC Museum and the Haida Gwaii Museum at Kay Llnagaay published an Indigenous Repatriation Handbook. The 174-page handbook was released in response to feedback from the 2017 Repatriation symposium hosted by the Royal BC Museum and the First People’s Cultural Council.

Read More: https://www.martlet.ca/royal-bc-museum-releases-provinces-first-indigenous-repatriation-handbook/

Deer Horn Partner Cheona Metals and Leading NGO RESOLVE Support First Yukon Placer Mine Restoration Under Salmon GoldTM Label

Gold produced under the agreement to be purchased by Apple and Tiffany as part of a responsible gold initiative.

Vancouver, BC, Canada, August 20, 2019 – Deer Horn Capital Inc. (CSE: DHC, OTCBB: GODYF) (the “Company” or “Deer Horn”) announced today that its 51% First Nations partner Cheona Metals has partnered with Washington, DC-based RESOLVE, one of the world’s leading social and environmental organizations, to support the first Yukon placer mine restoration under the Salmon GoldTM label. Cheona’s agreement with RESOLVE is to search for and identify sites eligible to participate in mining and restoration under the Salmon Gold program.

Under the agreement, (announced May 14, 2019), RESOLVE provides financial and technical support for identifying and supporting the sourcing, remining and rehabilitation of placer workings to restore fish habitat under its unique Salmon Gold partnership. The objective of Salmon Gold is to improve and reopen streams for salmon and other fish species to return.

Since 1991, 12 Pacific salmon runs have been listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The routes that salmon use to make their run to their spawning beds each year are often adjacent to placer mining sites.

“There’s a lot of tension between mining and salmon,” said RESOLVE CEO Stephen D’Esposito. “Salmon Gold is like a peace treaty between mining and salmon habitat. It’s a place where the three sectors can work together: the restoration community, First Nations and the mining industry.”

RESOLVE has arranged to sell gold from the placer operation to end users Apple Inc. and Tiffany & Co. Both firms have contributed to restoration funds and are looking to source reliable supplies of responsible gold for their products. According to Apple, all Salmon Gold entering Apple’s supply chain this fall will be traced from the mine to the refiner using blockchain technology.

Under its agreement with RESOLVE, Cheona receives compensation for services including identifying sites that meet the Salmon Gold participation criteria. The Yukon operation is expected to be the first of many facilitated by Cheona in western Canada. Cheona is also assessing historic placer operations in other parts of the country.

Apple highlighted its work with Salmon Gold and Cheona principal Allen Edzerza in a recent Apple News feature. Mr. Edzerza, a Tahltan Nation elder and the majority indigenous owner of Cheona, is facilitating discussions for RESOLVE to source placer mines for restoration while leading engagement with First Nations and public governments to fund and carry out the projects.

“Salmon to our people is absolutely the most important aspect of the whole environment,” said Edzerza, who is also an advisor to the British Columbia First Nations Energy and Mining Council. “If you do a good job restoring habitat for salmon and other fish species, then by definition you are protecting the water and the entire ecosystem.”

“Cheona’s agreement with RESOLVE is a win-win on a number of levels,” said Deer Horn President and CEO Tyrone Docherty. “Deer Horn and Cheona gain a source of ongoing, dilution-free capital, fish habitat is restored, RESOLVE can scale the program more efficiently, and Apple and Tiffany gain sources of responsible gold. This is an innovative way of helping finance key elements of Deer Horn’s operations while establishing partnerships that we believe will benefit Deer Horn, the industry and the environment for years to come.”

Docherty noted that the agreement also aligns with Deer Horn’s mission to build a new revenue model for the junior resource industry by partnering with industry and NGO leaders in critical and strategic metals extraction, manufacturing, supply and research as well as with relevant governmental and educational institutions.

To date, RESOLVE has secured restoration plans with three miners in Alaska and the Yukon, with several more under consideration for next summer. Salmon Gold’s partners will continue fine-tuning the project so that one day it may provide a blueprint for others to change the way they mine.

“We have a sacred responsibility to stewardship of the environment that we call our ancestral land,” said Edzerza, “so that future generations can experience it the way our ancestors did.”

About Deer Horn Capital

Deer Horn Capital is committed to exploring for, and providing, strategic and critical metals vital to a low-carbon economy and for the advancement of technology. The Company’s leadership has a track record of project monetization with a board and advisory group that includes industry leaders in finance, mineral property development, geology, mineralogy, solar power, engineering, research and First Nations engagement and economic development.

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We have a biodiversity crisis’: feds announce $175 million for new conservation projects – The Narwhal

Twenty-seven initiatives to create new Indigenous protected and conserved areas are among the projects set to receive unprecedented federal funds as Canada strives to meet 2020 biodiversity targets

Aug 19, 2019

Indigenous-led initiatives in Clayoquot Sound and the Sacred Headwaters region are among 68 conservation projects across Canada to receive $175 million in new federal funding, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna announced in Victoria on Monday at an oceanside event crashed by a dozen shouting protesters.

McKenna also announced an additional $4.3 million for 49 projects to protect species at risk of extinction, including a project in the district of Oak Bay to support the recovery of 14 at-risk plant species in Uplands Park, such as the rare bearded owl-clover and water-plantain buttercup.

Read More: https://thenarwhal.ca/biodiversity-crisis-feds-announce-175-million-new-conservation-projects/

City committed to ensuring safe and stable accommodation for people experiencing homelessness in Oppenheimer Park

August 19 2019 – This morning, the General Manager of the Park Board provided notice PDF file (1.4 MB) to people who have erected tents and other structures in Oppenheimer Park that they must remove all structures by 6pm on Wednesday, August 21.

At the request of the City, BC Housing  has identified more than 100 units of safe and stable accommodation for people experiencing homelessness who have been sleeping overnight in the park and who have engaged with the City’s Homeless Outreach team (Carnegie Outreach) seeking housing assistance. All of the housing options are in publicly owned and non-profit run buildings, including SRO rooms, many of which have been recently renovated. A number of shelter spaces are also available as an option for individuals to come inside while suitable housing is identified.

The General Manager’s order was issued in response to ongoing concerns about the serious health and life safety risks present in the park, and in light of housing options being secured for those living there.

Fire Chief’s order

The City, Park Board, and Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services (VFRS) have been working in the park for many months to support individuals experiencing homelessness. A Fire Chief’s order has been in place since February which sets out a number of conditions to reduce the fire hazard for people living in the park, but compliance with that order has been limited. There have been 17 fires in the park since February. VPD has also expressed concern regarding the number of violent incidents occurring in the park.

Carnegie Outreach on site daily

Carnegie Outreach continues to be on site daily, working to support individuals to access housing and shelter, income, and other support services. To help people with the transition, BC Housing has a team in the park to support people packing and transporting their belongings, once an offer is accepted. Park Board staff are offering longer-term storage options for any possessions that individuals are not able to move to their new space right away.

The safety of the people sleeping in Oppenheimer Park continues to be our top priority and we are strongly encouraging everyone to work with Carnegie Outreach to move into safe and stable accommodation.

Meeting the needs of those experiencing homelessness

The City is continually working to meet the needs of those experiencing homelessness, including creating more affordable housing. This requires continued and increasing commitment from and collaboration with senior levels of government and creative approaches to addressing the underlying causes of homelessness, including the housing affordability crisis, lack of sufficient incomes, and service gaps that result in people having no place to turn but the homelessness services sector.


Indian Act’s 143 years of sex-based discrimination finally ends, thanks in part to B.C. women – Straight.com

August 19th, 2019

The Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs and Indigenous feminists are applauding the elimination of sex-based inequities in a federal law dealing with Indigenous peoples.

On August 15, the Canadian government implemented provisions of Bill S-3, abolishing the last remaining gender-discriminating provisions in the Indian Act.

“Today I am relieved, and happy,” long-time Vancouver activist Sharon McIvor said in a UBCIC news release. “It has been a long struggle. We had to win the fight for equality for First Nations women both legally and politically, and it took a lot of work by a lot of people.”

McIvor fought for 22 years before gaining Indian status for her son and her grandchildren when she won a landmark case in the B.C. Court of Appeal in 2009.

Read More: https://www.straight.com/news/1286951/indian-acts-143-years-sex-based-discrimination-finally-ends-thanks-part-bc-women

Canada’s $175 million investment in nature kicks off conservation projects in every province and territory

From: Environment and Climate Change Canada

Parks Canada also releases progress update on 75 commitments to prioritize ecological integrity and improve commemoration of historical places.

August 19, 2019 – Victoria, British Columbia

Canadians cherish nature and depend on it for clean air and water, vibrant communities, and solutions to climate change. Home to the longest coastline in the world; one quarter of the earth’s wetlands and boreal forests; 20 percent of its fresh water; and precious habitat for birds, fish, and mammals, Canada has a special responsibility to protect nature today and for generations to come.

That’s why the Government of Canada launched Canada’s $1.35 billion Nature Legacy initiative, the single-largest investment in nature conservation by a government in Canada’s history. Canada’s Nature Legacy will help double the amount of nature protected on land and in our oceans, transform how government protects and recovers species at risk, and advance reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples. Conservation also contributes to Canada’s economy through tourism and jobs, and it can bring benefits 10 to 20 times greater than the original investment.

Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, announced the first in a series of 67 conservation initiatives launching in every province and territory, as part of Canada’s Nature Legacy initiative. These projects are supported by the $175 million federal Canada Nature Fund’s Target 1 Challenge, to expand a connected network of protected and conserved areas across Canada.

Minister McKenna announced $3.9 million in federal funding to help the Tahltan Central Government work with its members and other stakeholders on a land-use planning process that provides further clarity and certainty across their territory in northwestern British Columbia. The Tahltan Nation have been leaders in working with British Columbia to advance environmental stewardship and protection along with strong economic development focused on mining and its related business. The Tahltan Nation’s territory is home to various species at risk and culturally significant boreal forest watershed and wetland habitat. Conservation efforts in the region would enhance connectivity with the Yellowstone to Yukon corridor, the Great Bear Rainforest, and other protected areas.

Further details about other projects moving forward under the Canada Nature Fund’s Target 1 Challenge will be released as agreements with local partners are finalized.

Minister McKenna also announced that the Government of Canada intends to invest through Canada’s $100 million Natural Heritage Conservation Program, in advancing the protection of additional hectares of land and water in Clayoquot Sound, in partnership with the Ahousaht and Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations and non-profit organizations. This support will help to connect Strathcona Provincial Park with the outer coastal provincial parks and Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. The investment will also protect important habitat for over 15 federally listed species at risk, support the land-use visions of the Ahousaht and Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations, and enhance their capacity to fully participate in the process.

While making the announcement on conservation initiatives, Minister McKenna took the opportunity to release a report card on the progress Parks Canada is making on implementing the 75 recommendations arising from the 2017 Minister’s Round Table Let’s Talk Parks, Canada!, the largest public engagement in Parks Canada’s history. One of the key recommendations was the establishment of an independent working group focused on ensuring that the principles of ecological and commemorative integrity are the first priority when making decisions at Parks Canada. Dr. Peter Robinson, previously the CEO of Mountain Equipment Co-op and the David Suzuki Foundation, led the independent working group and will continue to advise Parks Canada on the ongoing implementation of the commitments. The independent working group’s report released today will help to ensure that national parks can continue to be diverse and healthy ecosystems for the future, and national historic sites can continue to tell the many stories that have shaped our country and our shared heritage.


“Nature is one of Canada’s most precious resources. The conservation projects we are announcing today, including a commitment to pursuing expanded protection for the iconic Clayoquot Sound, are significant steps toward doubling the amount of nature we are protecting in Canada’s lands and oceans. By working to protect nature with Indigenous Peoples and other partners across the country, we can support vibrant communities, reverse the alarming decline of plants and animals, and address the impacts of climate change—ensuring our kids and grandkids can also experience the incredible natural landscapes and wilderness we cherish today.”

– Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Government of Canada

“British Columbians are creating an impressive natural legacy through promoting sustainability and protecting our rich biodiversity. This investment by the federal government in coordination with Indigenous nations and local communities creates a better future for our children and grandchildren. As we move forward, we will continue to work with our partners to make sure these investments and projects enhance British Columbia’s efforts to protect our natural heritage.”

– George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, Province of British Columbia

Quick facts

  • Budget 2018 announced $1.35 billion for Canada’s Nature Legacy initiative—the single-largest investment in nature conservation in Canadian history.
  • The $175 million Canada Nature Fund will support ongoing progress toward achieving its Target 1 Challenge of conserving 17 percent of our land and fresh water by the end of 2020.
  • The Natural Heritage Conservation Program is led by the Nature Conservancy of Canada, under the Canada Nature Fund. The four-year, $100 million program aims to acquire at least 200,000 hectares of private lands and private interests in land to protect habitat and species at risk.
  • Canada’s network of protected and conserved areas is important to mitigate the impacts of climate change by protecting and restoring healthy, resilient ecosystems and contributing to the recovery of species at risk. Intact forests and wetlands also capture and store carbon dioxide and can help protect communities from the impacts of climate change.
  • Canada is making Indigenous leadership an important part of conservation efforts. Up to 27 Indigenous protected and conserved areas are expected to be established under the Canada Nature Fund’s Target 1 Challenge. Further, Budget 2017 announced support for Indigenous guardians’ programs, which support Indigenous conservation through on-the-ground, Nation-based stewardship initiatives.
  • In 2017, Parks Canada launched Let’s Talk Parks, Canada! More than 8,000 Canadians participated in online discussions, public outreach events, and face-to-face workshops, and some 5,000 more contributed their thoughts and ideas over social media.

Associated links


Sabrina Kim
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Media Relations
Environment and Climate Change Canada
819-938-3338 or 1-844-836-7799 (toll-free)

Media Relations
Parks Canada Agency

Media Relations
British Columbia Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy


Board to audit forest licence near Vanderhoof

VANDERHOOF – The Forest Practices Board will examine the forestry activities of Saik’uz First Nation on non-replaceable forest licence A91154 in the Stuart Nechako Natural Resource District during the week of Aug. 19, 2019.

Auditors will examine whether harvesting, roads, silviculture, fire protection and associated planning carried out by Saik’uz First Nation between Aug. 1, 2017, and Aug. 23, 2019, met the requirements of the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act.

The audit area is located in the Prince George timber supply area, near Vanderhoof and Fraser Lake. The licence is held by Saik’uz First Nation and managed by Sinclar Group Forest Products Ltd.

Once the audit work is complete, a report will be prepared. Any party that may be adversely affected by the audit findings will have a chance to respond. The board’s final report and recommendations then will be released to the public and government.

The Forest Practices Board is B.C.’s independent watchdog for sound forest and range practices, reporting its findings and recommendations directly to the public and government. The board audits forest and range practices on public land, as well as appropriateness of government enforcement.


Darlene Oman
Forest Practices Board
250 213-4705 / 1 800 994-5899


Canada supports climate-related jobs and training for students

From: Environment and Climate Change Canada

August 19, 2019 – Vancouver, British Columbia

Climate change is one of the defining environmental challenges of our time, and youth are among those leading the charge toward a cleaner future. Increasing education, awareness and action on climate change by supporting the work of independent organizations will advance Canada’s efforts to protect the environment and transition to a cleaner economy.

Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, announced up to $119,000 for Student Energy, through the federal Climate Action Fund. This funding will help Student Energy develop a program to support jobs for young people in climate change fields.

Student Energy will create a mentorship program for Indigenous students, help young leaders deliver on clean growth and climate action, and bring youth together to build essential skills to cut pollution.

The Climate Action Fund provides up to $3 million to support projects delivered by students, youth, Indigenous Peoples and organizations, not-for-profit organizations, small and medium-sized enterprises, and research and educational institutions.

Funded projects will raise awareness of climate change and clean growth and encourage others to take action to reduce carbon pollution and support Canada’s climate goals.


“Young people know just how high the stakes are in fighting climate change, and they are calling on governments around the world to rise to the challenge. We are proud to support Student Energy and other innovators across the country who are raising awareness about the impacts of climate change, and the huge variety of solutions that are available today. By working together to fight climate change in an affordable and practical way, we are investing in stronger communities and a better future for Canada’s youth.”

– Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

“Now more than ever it is crucial we support Canadian youth as the engines of action ready to make climate solutions happen. The Student Energy Leaders Fellowship will activate and train a movement of youth climate leaders from coast to coast. We are delighted that Environment and Climate Change Canada is supporting this initiative to support Canada’s young generation of current and future climate leaders.”

– Meredith Adler, Executive Director, Student Energy

Quick facts

  • Since 2009, Student Energy has built a network of over 50,000 youth and volunteers across 135 countries.
  • Young people are powerful agents of change. Involving them in the conversation about climate change equips them to build solutions we need to fight climate change.
  • The Climate Action Fund supports initiatives that help bring new ideas and innovations to help tackle climate change and encourage climate action. This supports Canada’s climate plan objectives by making investments in climate solutions.

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Sabrina Kim
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Media Relations
Environment and Climate Change Canada
819-938-3338 or 1-844-836-7799 (toll-free)


Canada invests $4.3 million in local conservation projects to protect species at risk

From: Environment and Climate Change Canada

August 19, 2019 – Victoria, British Columbia

Nature is one of Canada’s most precious resources, and we all have a vital role to play in protecting the natural landscapes and wildlife we cherish. As we work together to double the amount of land and oceans protected across Canada by 2020, the Government of Canada is committed to supporting individuals and communities working to help Canada’s species at risk recover and protecting their important habitat.

Today in Victoria, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, announced more than $4.3 million to support 49 new conservation projects across Canada, over the next three years. These projects focus on protecting priority places, species, and sectors and recovering multiple land-based species at risk and their ecosystems. Many of the projects will be led by Indigenous groups, using Indigenous traditional knowledge, in assessing the species that may be at risk, as well as in developing and implementing protection and recovery measures.

The Minister highlighted three projects taking place on and around Vancouver Island, including over $108,000 to the District of Oak Bay to support the conservation and recovery of 14 at-risk plant species found in Uplands Park in Victoria, British Columbia. The plants include the Bearded Owl-clover, Kellogg’s Rush, Muhlenberg’s Centaury, Water-plantain Buttercup, and Tall Woolly-heads, and the federal funding will help the District of Oak Bay remove invasive plant species, install split-rail fencing around sensitive areas, and address the impacts of recreation in the park.

The federal investment will also help the Nature Conservancy of Canada undertake a project to support the recovery of endangered plants including Howell’s Triteleia and Yellow Montane Violet, within the Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve. Support to the Government of British Columbia will contribute toward habitat restoration and the recovery of the Taylor’s Checkerspot Butterfly, an at-risk butterfly species found on Denman and Hornby Islands.


“Our nature is in crisis. The abundance of insects, plants, and animals around the world is declining at an alarming rate, and Canada has a unique responsibility to the world to protect the species at risk within our borders. By investing in local conservation projects, and supporting the leadership of Indigenous communities working to protect nature, together we are making important progress toward protecting species at risk and the places they depend on.”

– Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Quick facts

  • In 2019–2020, the Habitat Stewardship Program will fund 21 new projects, and the Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk will fund 28 projects across Canada. In British Columbia, there will be 7 new Habitat Stewardship Program projects and 7 new Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk projects.
  • The Habitat Stewardship Program has supported the legal protection of over 205,000 hectares of land between 2000 and March 2018.
  • The Habitat Stewardship Program and the Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk are annual application-based conservation programs, which direct funds to individuals and communities who want to protect our environment and work on recovering Canada’s species at risk.
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada is responsible for funding land-based Habitat Stewardship Program and Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk projects, and Fisheries and Oceans Canada is responsible for funding aquatic Habitat Stewardship Program and Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk projects.
  • Between its inception in 2000 and March 2018, the Habitat Stewardship Program has supported over 3,000 projects by providing more than $200 million in funding. This funding has leveraged recipient contributions to enable over $400 million to conserve and protect Canadian species at risk and their habitats.
  • Between its inception in 2004 and March 2018, the Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk has provided more than $43 million to support 1,100 projects. This funding has leveraged recipient contributions to enable over $65 million to conserve and protect Canadian species and their habitats.

Associated links


Sabrina Kim
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Media Relations
Environment and Climate Change Canada
819-938-3338 or 1-844-836-7799 (toll free)


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