Environmental groups call on feds to step up B.C. caribou protections

VANCOUVER – Ecojustice lawyers, acting on behalf of the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, Greenpeace Canada, Wilderness Committee, and Wildsight, sent a letter to Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna on Friday, Nov. 16, urging her to implement protections for Southern Mountain caribou in British Columbia.

The groups issued the following statement upon sending the letter:

“Southern Mountain caribou face imminent threats to their recovery – by definition, this means that the future of these herds depends on our ability to protect them today. These herds have been in a steady and worrying decline in recent years, primarily due to the destruction and degradation of their habitat.

Minister McKenna acknowledged this urgent situation last May, when she officially declared threats to Southern Mountain caribou recovery imminent. Since then, however, the minister’s efforts to protect the herds appear to have stalled and urgent action is still required.

The groups’ letter outlines six actions necessary to prevent extinction and provide for the recovery of Southern Mountain caribou. These include urgently completing conservation agreements with the B.C. government and First Nations Treaty Eight governments.

This urgent deadline reflects the dire situation the Southern Mountain caribou face. We urge the minister to follow through with strong, enforceable action starting by the end of December, or risk the real possibility that Southern Mountain caribou could disappear from the wild under her watch.”

Read the letter here. 


Ecojustice, Canada’s largest environmental law charity, goes to court and uses the power of the law to defend nature, combat climate change, and fight for a healthy environment for all.

The Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) is a joint Canada-U.S. not-for-profit organization that connects and protects habitat from Yellowstone to Yukon so people and nature can thrive.

Greenpeace campaigns to ensure the ability of the Earth to nurture life in all its diversity by protecting nature, transforming energy and encouraging sustainable living.

Wilderness Committee – People-powered wilderness preservation for a wild future.

Wildsight works to protect wildlife, water and wild places in Canada’s Columbia and Rocky Mountain regions.