MN-S Caribou Management & Restoration
MN-S Caribou Management and Restoration Project
Woodland Caribou are an important resource for the lifestyle and diet of Métis communities in northern Saskatchewan. The Boreal population of woodland caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou) has been listed as threatened under the federal Species at Risk Act. Due to the distribution of boreal caribou several bodies including Indigenous, federal, provincial and territorial governments are responsible for their conservation and management.
The federal boreal caribou Action Plan was released in early 2018, calling for the creation of the National Boreal Caribou Knowledge Consortium (NBCKC). The NBCKC was launched in June 2018, hosted by Environment Climate Change Canada's Science Technology Branch. The Action Plan states that “The role for the federal government in population monitoring will be to continue to develop standardized monitoring protocols in collaboration with provincial and territorial governments, Wildlife Management Boards, Indigenous Peoples, and stakeholders” (ECCC 2018).
MN-S Environment has attended meetings with the NBCKC and has provided the Monitoring Working Group and Indigenous Knowledge Circle of NBCKC with a Saskatchewan Métis perspective and concern of boreal caribou. MN-S Environment has started to build internal capacity to provide caribou management to our communities and to contribute to larger decisions being made, increasing capacity to tackle the loss of caribou in relation to climate change. MN-S proposed to train and use climate monitors alongside traditional knowledge from Métis elders to provide reporting on the loss of caribou and how it relates to climate change.
Through the Caribou Management and Restoration Project MN-S anticipates a strategic plan and framework on how to push forward lasting Métis conservation efforts. Future outcomes are expected to result in further execution of managing and restoring the population of boreal caribou in Saskatchewan
NBCKC (2019) Boreal Caribou Monitoring in Canada – Part I: Perspectives from the NBCKC Monitoring Working Group. National Boreal Caribou Knowledge Consortium, Ottawa, Canada. 43 pages
ECCC (Environment and Climate Change Canada). (2018). Action Plan for the Woodland Caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou), Boreal Population, in Canada – Federal Actions. Species at Risk Act Action Plan Series. Environment and Climate Change Canada, Ottawa. vii + 28 pp.