“Time is running out for the Bathurst Caribou,” says O’Reilly

Bathurst Caribou (Photo from Tlicho Caribou Monitors)

For such a politically charged issue, only one person from the general public was in attendance compared to 4 journalists, to hear a presentation from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources caribou research team last Friday.

Dr. Joe Dragon and Dr. Brett Elkin presented regular MLAs with the draft Range Plans for the Boreal Caribou and Barren Ground Bathurst Caribou Herd.

Boreal Caribou live in the forested portion of the NWT, ranging from Kakisa in the Dehcho Region, all the way along the Mackenzie River to the mountains of the Sahtu Region. Sahtu MLA Danny McNeely was hesitant to comment, saying he wants to hear his regions Indigenous leaders perspective on the plans first. However his main question was,

“How does the government know it’s caribou numbers are right.”

Nahendeh MLA Shane Thompson was also vocal, asking what the GNWT is doing to tap into Traditional Knowledge about the Caribou and their Range areas.

December 21st is ENR’s deadline for public input on the Draft Boreal Caribou Range Plan.

The deadline for the Bathurst Range Plan has already closed.

About the Author

Josh Campbell
Splash is back as the host of Denendeh Sunrise, CKLB's morning current affairs program. Campbell was mentored by longtime host and Gwich'in entertainer William Greenland. Josh, as he's known professionally by folks across the broadcast industry has worked for CBC North, CKRW the Rush in Yukon, and at CJCD Mix 100. Before moving north for his love of radio and Indigenous culture in 2007, Campbell graduated from Loyalist College's Broadcast Journalism Program in Belleville, Ontario the traditional territory of the Tyendinaga Mohawks. Campbell is proud of his Scottish and Irish ancestry. He was born and raised along the Tobique River the home of the Wolastoqiyik, Tobique Maliseet Nation.

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