Major Momentum Builds For Canada's Boreal Forest - Businesses, First Nations and Conservation Groups Advance Solutions to Preserve Canada's Green Necklace



    OTTAWA, Dec. 3 /CNW Telbec/ - Global energy company Nexen Inc., national
environmental organization the Pembina Institute, the Treaty 8 First Nations
of Alberta and socially-responsible fund manager Domini Social Investments LLC
are the newest members of the Boreal Leadership Council (BLC), the Canadian
Boreal Initiative (CBI) today announced.
    First convened in December 2003, the BLC is a unique alliance of
conservation groups, First Nations, resource companies and financial
institutions that are committed to conservation and sustainable development
solutions in Canada's Boreal Forest. The 18 members of the BLC are also
signatories to the Boreal Forest Conservation Framework, which is a vision to
preserve at least half of the Boreal Forest while supporting sustainable
development on the remaining landscape.
    Stretching across the country from Newfoundland and Labrador to the
Yukon, the Boreal Forest is one of the world's largest and last intact forest
ecosystems. It provides extensive habitat for a variety of species, is home to
over 600 Aboriginal communities and is the backbone of Canada's forestry,
mining and energy sectors. The Boreal Forest contains more fresh water than
any ecosystem on the planet and is a vital shield against global warming.
    "Today's addition of four new BLC members marks the most significant
expansion of the group since its inception," said Larry Innes, CBI's executive
director. "We look forward to working with Nexen, Pembina, Treaty 8 First
Nations and Domini as they contribute individually and collectively to making
the Boreal Framework vision a reality."
    Nexen Inc., an upstream oil and gas company with both conventional and
unconventional as well as oil sands projects in the Boreal Forest, aims to
reduce its ecological footprint by implementing sustainable operating
practices, using innovative technologies and participating in research.
    "We are looking at ways to minimize the environmental impacts of our
operations," said Garry Mann, Nexen's general manager of health, safety and
environment. "As examples, we have recently sponsored research into the
feasibility of developing a biodiversity offset regime in the Athabasca region
as well as research on caribou habitat and wetlands elsewhere in the Western
Canadian Boreal."
    For the Pembina Institute, an environmental organization dedicated to
advancing sustainable energy, joining the BLC provides an opportunity to
further develop innovative conservation solutions that integrate Aboriginal,
corporate and environmental perspectives.
    "Due to mounting pressures on Boreal ecosystems and communities, a joint
effort is needed," said Marlo Raynolds, executive director of the Pembina
Institute. "By participating in a diverse and multi-sectoral group like the
BLC we hope to enact change, both in government policies and industry
practices."
    With energy development in its own backyard, the Treaty 8 First Nations
of Alberta recognize the challenges of balancing development with
conservation.
    "By working with the BLC we hope to link land use planning, environmental
protection and recognition of our traditional rights with cultural
sustainability and economic development within Treaty 8 territory," said
Treaty 8 Grand Chief Arthur Noskey.
    Domini Social Investments LLC, a leading investment adviser dedicated to
socially and environmentally responsible investing, is active on a range of
issues central to the Boreal Forest, including Aboriginal rights, climate
change and ecological protection.
    "We believe that protecting the earth's forests is essential to
addressing climate change," said Karen Shapiro, shareholder advocacy associate
with Domini. "We have engaged with companies to improve their forestry and
fiber sourcing practices. We are pleased to join the BLC and hope that by
using our influence as investors, we can increase the group's effectiveness in
carrying out its important work."
    On December 6, 2007, the newest BLC members will be formally welcomed
into the group at the inaugural Boreal Awards event in Ottawa, hosted by CBI.
    Based in Ottawa, the Canadian Boreal Initiative brings together diverse
partners to create new solutions for Boreal conservation and acts as a
catalyst for on-the-ground efforts across the Boreal by governments, industry,
First Nations, conservation groups, major retailers, financial institutions
and scientists.
    Nexen Inc. is an independent, Canadian-based global energy company,
listed on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges under the symbol NXY. It is
uniquely positioned for growth in the North Sea, deep-water Gulf of Mexico,
the Athabasca oil sands of Alberta, the Middle East and West Africa.
    Domini Social Investments LLC is an investment adviser specializing in
socially responsible investing. It manages $1.5 billion for individual and
institutional investors who integrate social and environmental standards into
their investment decisions.
    The Pembina Institute aims to advance sustainable energy solutions
through innovative research, education, consulting and advocacy.
    Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta represents 23 First Nations communities
in Alberta whose traditional territories constitute the Boreal Forest in the
northern two-thirds of the province.




For further information:

For further information: Larry Innes, Canadian Boreal Initiative, (416)
575-6776; www.borealcanada.ca; Carla Yuill, Nexen Inc., (403) 699-4704;
www.nexeninc.com; Dan Woynillowicz, Pembina Institute, (403) 538-7782, C:
(403) 888-6272; www.pembina.org; Jim Webb, Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta,
(250) 788-6136; www.treaty8.ca; Adam Kanzer, Domini Social Investments LLC,
(212) 217-1100; www.domini.com

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