$ 5.7 million for 28 projects to protect indigenous ecology and culture

Federal Environment Minister Katrin McKenna has announced $ 5.7 million in 28 resident guardians' conservation projects during his visit to Northern Saanich on Tuesday.

"These initiatives support indigenous custodians across the country that protect the sensitive area [and species], To monitor ecological health and to maintain indigenous cultural monuments, "McCann said at the Institute of Ocean Science.

In the 28 projects of financing, there are three Vancouver Island – Kucinos (Hamilton of North Vancouver Island), Talao-K. (Tofio) and Ceshahat (Port Albin) – and 10.

$ 5.7 million comes from the $ 25 million fund from the federal budget last year for the pilot program of researchers. He has received over 60 applications.

The goal is to "protect the land, protect the land, engage the community in monitoring," McKay said. This is a great opportunity to better protect nature and species at risk and strengthen the reconciliation with the First Nations. "I think this is a great example of how we can do better to protect nature, learn indigenous peoples, indigenous people are deeply connected with the land and we understand that now the protection of the Canadian environment and the maintenance of biodiversity."

In the statement was Mrs. Martin of Tla-o-qui-aht. Martini is known for the arrival of McMillen-Bledel on the island of Meram, which led to the war in the woods to protect the forests of Clayoquot Sound. "In the 80s I was fighting in the fight," he said.The forest protests in the summer of 1993 became more than 800 activists.

Financing will help Topinho's first nation to pass the younger generations in their language, live culture and learn how to use and maintain land and species risk, Martin said. It is also necessary, he said, to share this knowledge in the non-community. "Helping our young people to take care of the land not only for us, but for future generations, I think it's our responsibility."

Land protection and animals are second nature, he said. "That is what we do. This is what we have always done."

Dave Walkem, the head of Indian band of Cavew Nlaka, said that his community created books "to encourage our people and youth to return to the land and to get healthy and eat." "Exercise on the site what we do."

Vienna Cappan, Citxw Nlaka & Pamux Assembly Manager, said that young people filmed movies, created Internet Radio Radio, and led to the leadership and environmental camps.

The government is concerned about industrial development, mining and forestry, fish migration and wildlife. The goal is to work more and more people together, talk and share information together, "said Kabon.

According to Iunac Wilman, Nunavut Tunginavik Inc., in the north-west, means "climate change and wildlife issues are a big problem for us". The Guardian program includes Marine Monitoring Employee and Automatic Identification System Nunavut, helping the public get acquainted with the effect of shipping and exploration in Arctic waters and wildlife.

Inuit also monitors the "Keeping Wild Safe in Human Relations and Keeping Human Safe in Wild Interaction" given this is a "big problem," said Wilman. West Hudson Earl Societies see that the number of polar bear in the cities is increasing due to climate change.

Within his visit to Vancouver Island, McKay was on Tuesday at Pernon College, where he was acquainted with community leaders and students with the importance of nature and protected areas.

This morning, McKenna is scheduled to meet with B.C. Environment Minister George Heimann at Swan Lake, New Year's Christmas Tree Nature Sanctuary will announce an investment expansion of the Darkwoods Conservation Area.

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