Canadian Boreal Initiative Applauds Protection Around NWT's Great Bear Lake



    OTTAWA, April 14 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Boreal Initiative joins its
partners in congratulating the Government of Canada and the Sahtu Dene
community of Déline for permanently protecting Saoyu - AEehdacho, also known
as Grizzly Bear Mountain and Scented Grass Hills. Today's announcement by
Environment Minister Jim Prentice fulfils a First Nation community-driven
vision to designate Saoyu - AEehdacho as a permanently protected National
Historic Site within Canada's Boreal region.
    Saoyu (saw-you-eh) and AEehdacho (aa-daa-cho) are two major peninsulas on
the west side of Great Bear Lake that total 5,550 km2 in size. Great Bear Lake
is the ninth largest freshwater lake in the world. These peninsulas will
protect Boreal habitat for several important wildlife species including
caribou, grizzly bears, wolverines, and peregrine falcons. This area has also
high spiritual and cultural significance for the Sahtu Dene, and is a prime
fishing destination.
    This is a significant milestone, as it is the first site to be
permanently protected through the NWT Protected Areas Strategy. "This is a
tremendous achievement. We salute the people of Déline who in partnership with
the federal government have worked together for over a decade to protect these
sites," stated Larry Innes, Executive Director of CBI. "We look forward to
other milestones in the months ahead and to continuing to support all partners
involved in realizing the goals of the NWT Protected Areas Strategy."

    The Canadian Boreal Initiative (CBI) works with Aboriginal communities,
governments, conservation organizations, industry leaders and others to
realize science, policy and conservation solutions across Canada's Boreal
forest.
    CBI is a partner in the Northwest Territories Protected Area Strategy,
and is working with First Nations communities, conservation groups,
progressive industry and the federal and territorial governments to secure
protection for ecological and cultural values in advance of major new
development.




For further information:

For further information: Suzanne Fraser, Director of communications,
Canadian Boreal Initiative, (613) 232-2530, (613) 552-7277 (mobile),
sfraser@borealcanada.ca

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