Whales, wings and wetlands, oh my: Feds boost conservation funding in budget

The call of the wild is echoing through Tuesday’s federal budget, which some environmental groups are calling a “game changer” for nature conservation across Canada.

The Liberals have earmarked $1.3 billion over five years to expand protected areas and help endangered and threatened species — a move that reflects its pledge to safeguard at least 17 per cent of Canada’s land and inland waters by 2020.

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From the highest of highs to the lowest of lows, here’s the buzz on Budget 2018

Finance Minister Bill Morneau tabled a brand new federal budget on Tuesday, one he believes will tackle inequality in Canada, “double down” on investments for the middle class, and in general, “put people first.”

Budget 2018, Equality + Growth: A Strong Middle Class, was presented in the House of Commons around 4 p.m. Eastern, where it was jeered by Opposition Conservative MPs and applauded by the ruling Liberals.

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Federal Budget Panel (Audio)

Empowering women, closing the indigenous gap and tackling environmental threats are just some of the areas tackled in this years Federal budget.

(ILI’s Valerie Courtois speaks at 06:20)

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RELEASE: Budget 2018 proposes $1.3 billion for conservation; points to importance of Indigenous partnerships in reaching conservation goals

The Government of Canada has made a major investment in protecting Canada’s natural riches for future generations. The 2018 federal budget includes a historic $1.3 billion allocation to meet Canada’s international commitment to protect 17 per cent of its lands and 10 percent of waters by 2020 and points to the…...

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BACKGROUNDER: Indigenous Conservation is Central to Achieving Canada’s International Conservation Commitment

Across the country, Indigenous governments are protecting ancient forests and clean waters. Indigenous Peoples have cared for these places for millennia, and now many Nations are developing innovative tools and models to conserve the land for future generations....

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Environmental groups pinning hopes on major spending for conservation in budget

Environmental and conservation groups are convinced that there will be a significant amount of money — up to $1.4 billion dollars — in next week’s federal budget for conservation.

They say all signs point to a growing political commitment to meeting Canada’s international goal of protecting 17 per cent of its land and fresh water by 2020.

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Indigenous-led conservation offers a path to global leadership and reconciliation

From the pristine waters of the North French River in Ontario to the tree-lined shores of the Great Bear Lake in the Northwest Territories, Indigenous Nations are working to conserve the land.

Some are caring for the country’s iconic places, like Gwaii Haanas and the Torngat Mountains. And some are creating protected areas that will provide clean water, fresh air and abundant animals for generations to come.

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STRATEGY DOCUMENT: Restoring Caribou of the Ungava Peninsula

Seven Indigenous Nations and groups announced a ground-breaking strategy for restoring caribou across 1.5 million square kilometres of Quebec, Labrador and Nunavik. Known as the Ungava Peninsula Caribou Aboriginal Round Table (UPCART), it will help address critical gaps....

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RELEASE: National Indigenous Guardians Network Receives Funding In Federal Budget

The movement to create a National Indigenous Guardians Network gained new ground today when the government of Canada included an initial investment of $25 million over 5 years in the 2017-2018 federal budget....

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First Nations to have greater role in parks: federal environment minister

Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna is supporting a greater role for First Nations in creating new protected areas and managing the ones Canada already has.

Speaking Friday at a parks conference in Banff, Alta., McKenna said Indigenous protected areas will be one way Canada meets its international goal of conserving 17 per cent of its land by 2020.

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