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CPAWS (Yukon): Three Rivers Canada Tour (April 11 – May 17, 2007)

by admin ~ April 3rd, 2007

The Yukon Chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is sponsoring a 12 city Canadian tour of their Three River’s conservation campaign to protect and maintain the ecological integrity of the Peel River Watershed, which includes the Snake, Wind, and Bonnet Plume Rivers. Presentations will feature a short film by Marten Berkman, which highlights the experiences of 8 artists who traveled to the region, and presentations by Juri Peepre (CPAWS Yukon conservationists) and other guests. CPAWS has worked closely with local First Nations communities and land-use planning committees in their campaign, and supports the common vision of area residents for greater regional autonomy, stewardship over natural resources, self-government, the protection of the watershed as a source of culture and identity, and input of community members and Elder’s Advisory Councils to the Peel Watershed Planning Commission. The cross-Canada tour starts out in Montreal on April 11, and finishes in Whitehorse on May 17.

Montreal – April 11
Ottawa – April 12
St. John’s – April 17
Halifax – April 18
Toronto – April 19
Winnipeg – May 8
Saskatoon – May 9
Calgary – May 11
Edmonton – May 12
Vancouver – May 14
Yellowknife – May 15
Whitehorse – May 17

A number of resources are available to learn more about the Three Rivers Project, Conservation Campaign, and National Tour. The Book, “Three Rivers – The Yukon’s Great Boreal Wilderness,” was shortlisted for the BC Book Prize, and can be purchased on-line from the CPAWS Yukon store, and elsewhere. CPAWS-Yukon maintains a webpage with news, and brochure. And if you’d like to get involved, you can visit the CPAWS Three Rivers Project, or Action Center for other northern issues (including the Churchill and Nahanni Rivers, and Sahoyúé – ehdacho Historical Site on Great Bear Lake).

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