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Canada and Yukon Invest $6M in Water Systems

Posted on June 29, 2017
Today, the governments of Canada and Yukon have announced an investment of up to $6,150,000 in Yukon’s water systems. Member of Parliament for Yukon, Larry Bagnell, and Yukon Minister of Highways and Public Works, Richard Mostyn, announced joint funding of more than six million dollars for two projects in Haines Junction. The federal government is providing up to 75 per cent of funding for these projects—over $4.6 million. The territorial government is providing up to 25 per cent of funding for these projects—just over $1.5 million of total eligible costs. “The foundation of a healthy, sustainable community is clean drinking [...]

Ministers Increase Collaboration on Coastal, Inland Water

Posted on June 29, 2017
The Canadian Council of Fisheries and Aquaculture Ministers (CCFAM) met in Whitehorse, Yukon and committed to collaboration to better manage Canada’s three coasts and inland waterways with Indigenous Peoples. Over two days, CCFAM met to discuss a broad range of common priorities. Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard Dominic LeBlanc and Yukon Minister of Environment Pauline Frost co-chaired the meeting attended by their counterparts from the Northwest Territories, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Quebec. British Columbia, Nunavut, Manitoba [...]

Report: Increase Protection of North Saskatchewan River Headwaters

Posted on June 16, 2017
Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) has announced  support of a Wildlife Conservation Society Canada report that provides clear scientific evidence for the protection of the Bighorn Backcountry, a key headwaters region on Alberta’s Eastern Slopes. Y2Y has concurred with the report and its recommendation for increased provincial protection for the headwaters region, including the North Saskatchewan River. The 148-page report titled Bighorn Backcountry of Alberta: Protecting Vulnerable Wildlife and Precious Waters assesses the conservation value of approximately 10,000 square kilometres of unprotected wilderness and [...]

Nunavut Faces a Water Security Crisis

Posted on June 15, 2017
According to a recent study by a team of Canadian researchers, Iqaluit is facing an imminent water security crisis, so too is the territory. “Even under very conservative estimates that assume the current rate of consumption, we have quantified extreme vulnerability to the municipal water supply for any currently proposed solutions,” wrote the authors Michael Bakaic, Andrew Scott Medeiros, Jessica F. Peters, and Brent B. Wolfe in the study Hydrologic monitoring tools for freshwater municipal planning in the Arctic: the case of Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada published in June 2017 in the journal Environmental Science and Pollution Research. Andrew [...]

Laurier-led Northern Water Futures to Study NWT Sustainability

Posted on June 12, 2017
Researchers from Wilfrid Laurier University will be leading a large, multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional team studying the sustainability of water in the Northwest Territories through the Northern Water Futures project funded through the Global Water Futures program. “Northwestern Canada is one of the most rapidly warming regions on Earth,” said Laurier associate professor Jennifer Baltzer, Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Forests and Global Change, who is co-leading the project. “Unprecedented changes in snow cover and rates of permafrost thaw are transforming ecosystems and changing the distribution and routing of water [...]

NWT Commits Funds to Ongoing Water Quality Research

Posted on June 6, 2017
North West Territories has announced funding for new monitoring and research projects, including an investigation of arsenic pollution in lakes near Yellowknife. A total of 13 new environmental monitoring and research projects have been awarded funding through the Northwest Territories Cumulative Impact Program (NWT CIMP). Announced on World Environment Day by Environment and Natural Resources Minister Robert C. McLeod, the 13 new projects funded during the 2017-2018 fiscal year will be led by First Nations, Canadian universities, and Territorial and federal government departments. Total funding for the projects is more than $700,000. “These [...]

Over $230M for Solid Waste Management, Water and Wastewater Systems in Nunavut

Posted on May 3, 2017
The Honourable , Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, is in Nunavut this week to meet with territorial and community leaders to discuss their infrastructure priorities. Today, Minister Sohi joined the Honourable Joe Savikataaq, Nunavut Minister of Community and Government Services, to announce over $230 million in joint funding for nine projects across 19 communities to upgrade solid waste management, and water and wastewater systems throughout the territory. This investment will support important projects such as expanding storage capacity and enhancing water treatment and distribution in Arviat, Chesterfield Inlet and Sanikiluaq [...]

A New Chair of the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board

Posted on April 27, 2017
The Hon. Carolyn Bennett, Minister of‎ Indigenous Affairs, has appointed Ms. Mavis Cli-Michaud as chair of the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board (MVLWB). Cli-Michaud, whose appointment is for a period of three  years, was selected from a pool of highly qualified board nominees presented to the Minister. Established under the Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act, the MVLWB is responsible for issuing land and water authorizations for transboundary applications involving settlement areas, as well as regions outside of settlement areas, and ensures consistent application of land and water management throughout the Mackenzie [...]

B.C. and Yukon Sign Shared Waters Agreement

Posted on April 6, 2017
British Columbia Environment Minister Mary Polak and Yukon Environment Minister Pauline Frost have signed an agreement that pledges to co-operatively manage shared water in the Mackenzie River Basin, specifically the Liard River and its tributaries. “By signing this agreement, we are strengthening our relationship with the Yukon. We will work co-operatively to ensure the health of both our environment and citizens, now and in the future. This is yet another step towards managing the shared waters in the Mackenzie River Basin,” said Polak. Through the British Columbia-Yukon Bilateral Water Management Agreement, both governments [...]

First Nation Takes Peel River Watershed Case to Supreme Court

Posted on March 22, 2017
Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde spoke today from the steps of the Supreme Court of Canada to mark World Water Day and to support the Yukon First Nations who are in Ottawa to witness the hearing of their landmark case involving the Peel River watershed, First Nation of Nacho Nyak Dun, et al. v. Government of Yukon. A traditional water ceremony was held on the steps of the Supreme Court. "On World Water Day, First Nations stand together to support our rights and our responsibilities to our traditional territories," said National Chief Bellegarde. "As peoples with the right to self-determination, we have [...]
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