Posted by: Bob Payne | August 6, 2011

AFN Welcomes Federal Court Mandated Protection Plan For Boreal Caribou Habitat

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo today welcomed a Federal Court of Canada decision requiring the Government of Canada to develop a protection plan for Boreal caribou habitat, and called on the federal government to work directly with First Nations throughout the plan’s development and implementation. “This is yet another significant court decision which upholds the Treaty rights of First Nations in Canada and by protecting the caribou herds and caribou habitat, these and other First Nation communities can and will continue to exercise their traditional rights and practices, including hunting, trapping and fishing,” said AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo. “We call on the federal government to work directly with First Nations in areas where caribou reside to ensure our concerns are addressed and our rights are upheld. Caribou herds are not limited to Alberta region. First Nations in Saskatchewan, British Columbia and the Northwest Territories should also be included in the development of a plan to protect them.”

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