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Media Advisory - 2010


North America’s Caribou at Critical Juncture: Aboriginal Knowledge Keepers and Western Scientists Come Together to Tackle Problem of Collapsing North American Caribou Populations

Attention: Assignment Editor, Environment Editor, News Editor
Winnipeg, MB (October 25, 2010)

To arrange for interviews contact: Lisa McCrummen, (206) 321-9461 mobile,

What: Key aboriginal leaders and traditional knowledge keepers will meet with top western conservation scientists—including members of the International Boreal Conservation Science Panel and the Canadian Boreal Initiative— to discuss joint solutions to save plummeting caribou populations.

Key Participants:

  • Stephen Kakfwi, Former President of Dene Nations and former Northwest Territories Premier. He helped initiate the Northwest Territories Protected Areas Strategy, one of the largest ongoing conservation efforts in the world.
  • Valérie Courtois, Sr. Advisor for Aboriginal Relations, Canadian Boreal Initiative (CBI), Valerie is a senior advisor to CBI and plays a critical role in Aboriginal rights and large scale land protection in Canada’s boreal forest. CBI is a nonprofit organization working to bring science, First Nations, industry and government together to protect support linking aboriginal knowledge and rights in protecting Canada’s boreal forest.
  • Dr. Micheline Manseau, Parks Canada and the Natural Resource Institute at the University of Manitoba, member of the International Boreal Conservation Science Panel. Dr. Manseau is a renowned expert on caribou and First Nations.
  • Dr. James Schaefer, Professor and Director, Environmental & Life Science Graduate Program Trent University, Member of the International Boreal Conservation Science Panel. Dr. Schaefer is an expert on caribou and conservation biology.
  • Larry Innes, Executive Director, Canadian Boreal Initiative (CBI), Larry leads collaborative conservation efforts involving First Nations, environmental and industry partners across Canada’s Boreal region. CBI and its partners have worked to designate tens of millions of acres for conservation, largely by supporting First Nation-led conservation and land use planning initiatives. Larry has over a decade of experience in this area, having advised and represented the Innu of Labrador and several other First Nations addressing major mining, forestry and hydroelectric developments.

October 25-28, 2010

On Wednesday, October 27: Media Availability for in-person and phone media interviews by key participants on workshop progress.

Where: North American Caribou Workshop
At The Fairmont Winnipeg
2 Lombard Place
Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada R3B0Y3


For further information, contact:
Suzanne Fraser, 613-552-7277, sfraser <at>