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.
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.
Nunakput MLA and longtime ICC leader @herbnakimayak tells ENR, “we kinda put conservation second to development when you look at the J-pipe. We need to look at the whole habitat. You lose one species, you usually lose two or more.” #inuvialuit #traditionalknowledge #cklb pic.twitter.com/Uy5ayGY0oW
— Josh Campbell (@Splash_Campbell) December 7, 2018
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.