Boreal Awards 2008
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Ottawa, November 5, 2008: Canadian Boreal Awards honour Minister John Baird, Premier Dalton McGuinty, and Aboriginal leaders for protecting Canada’s Boreal Forest
The Canadian Boreal Initiative today presented Boreal Awards to this year’s recipients, including Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, federal Transport Minister John Baird, the First Nations communities of Good Hope and Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI), along with other deserving winners.
They were recognized for their far-reaching vision, diligent work, and collaborative initiatives to protect land within Canada’s Boreal Forest. During a gala ceremony tonight at the National Gallery of Canada, the vital work of the award winners and finalists was recognized by a cross-section of Canada’s leading community, business, and Aboriginal leaders, politicians, and engaged Canadians.
The Boreal is one of the largest and most intact ecosystems on the planet, and is home to billions of migratory birds, some of the largest caribou herds on the planet, and many other wildlife species. It is a vital storehouse of carbon and a major reservoir of the world’s clean, fresh water.
“It was immediately obvious to our selection committee that the nominees were a true example of outstanding political leadership and individual action at the community level,” said Larry Innes, Executive Director of the Canadian Boreal Initiative. “We are pleased to recognize leadership and willingness to collaborate to bring about results; every success brings us closer to seeing at least half of Canada’s Boreal Forest protected. Through a visionary approach to land use and stewardship planning, we can ensure a prosperous future for all Canadians.”
"The Far North is part of who we are as Ontarians. We are taking a giant step to protect this rich natural legacy for ourselves, for future Ontarians and for the sake of our planet,” said Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty. “We're taking action to protect our quality of life, to preserve our natural spaces, to act as good stewards of the greatest province, in the best country in the world."
“Canada’s Government has demonstrated its commitment to the Boreal Forest and Canada’s North,” said Transport Minister John Baird. “In protecting over 30 million acres of our pristine Canadian wilderness, our Government has taken real action to ensure that these lands and their legacy are preserved for generations to come.”
Canada’s Boreal Forest is of global importance. The Boreal Awards, chosen by a committee of the Boreal Leadership Council, recognize leadership, innovation, cooperation and excellence among those who live and work in Canada’s Boreal Forest region. All of the nominees have made an outstanding contribution to protecting the Boreal Forest and advancing the balanced vision of the Boreal Forest Conservation Framework.
This 2008 Boreal Award recipients are:
Minister John Baird
Premier Dalton McGuinty
The Canadian Boreal Initiative brings together diverse partners to create new solutions for Boreal conservation and acts as a catalyst for on-the-ground efforts across the Boreal forest by governments, industry, First Nations, conservation groups, major retailers, financial institutions and scientists.
The Boreal Leadership Council is made up of leading conservation groups, Aboriginal organizations, resource companies and financial institutions, all of which have an interest and a stake in the future of Canada’s Boreal Forest. Members of the Council are signatories to the Boreal Forest Conservation Framework, and are committed to Framework implementation in their activities.
The Boreal Forest Conservation Framework, a visionary plan for Canadian wilderness developed by the Boreal Leadership Council, is endorsed by more than 1500 scientists, 25 Aboriginal organizations, 100 corporations and leading conservation groups in Canada.
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