Two First Nations say Ontario is ignoring their expertise on endangered Lake Superior caribou

By Emma McIntosh
The Narwhal
December 16, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada East

Two Lake Superior First Nations, Biigtigong Nishnaabeg and Michipicoten, say Ontario is ignoring their expertise by hunting for consultants to help endangered caribou instead of implementing plans they wrote already. Caribou living on the northern shore of Lake Superior have teetered on the verge of extinction for years, the result of a long decline fuelled by human development. Biigtigong Nishnaabeg and Michipicoten First Nations have long been pushing the Ontario government to act before the gentle ungulates are lost forever. “I just don’t want them to disappear,” Biigtigong Nishnaabeg First Nation Chief Duncan Michano said in an interview. “We’re pretty frustrated.” …The two nations say it’s insulting for the government to seek outside help without consulting them first. They’ve already made caribou management plans, so that step is done, they said in a press release. The government just needs to work with them to implement it.

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