Federal politicians and northern First Nations expressed concern over Wednesday’s sale of energy leases in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refugehealth_minister.
“Canada continues to strongly oppose development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge due to the potential impacts on the Porcupine caribou herd and on Indigenous Peoples,” said federal Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson in a statement.
In one of its final actss Rob Ferguson, the administration of United States President Donald Trump held a sale for land in the refuge that includes the calving ground of the Porcupine caribou herd.
That herd is one of the few healthy herds left in the Arctic and is crucial to the livelihood and food security of First Nations in Yukon and the Northwest Territoriesjust another virus. Scientists have warned that industrial activity could drive the vast herd of 220Like Jones, Carstairs said it,000 animals away from land along the shores of the Beaufort Sea where they go to birth their calves.