Site C before and after clearcutting. Photo by Garth Lenz

CALL ON PRIME MINISTER TRUDEAU TO HALT CONSTRUCTION OF SITE C DAM

Canada has failed to protect its largest World Heritage Site

Based upon a process initiated by Sierra Club BC, a 10-day monitoring mission to Wood Buffalo National Park has resulted in a UN report strongly criticizing Canada. The park risks the embarrassment of joining the list of UNESCO’s List of World Heritage in Danger due to impacts on the park from Site C dam and oil sands development.

The report notes that impacts on the park are “far more complex and severe than previously thought” and includes 17 recommendations for Canada. Canada is being given “one opportunity under the World Heritage Convention to immediately develop a structured and adequately funded response” to address the threats the Park is facing from Site C dam and the oil sands.

The park sits in the Peace-Athabasca Delta—the largest inland freshwater delta in the world— in northeastern Alberta and southern Northwest Territories, and downstream from the $9 billion (and counting) Site C megadam.

Site C will reduce water flows in the Peace River, which threatens to dry up the park and the delta as a whole. This will compound damage being done by tarsands development in the region.

The Wood Buffalo area provides critical habitat for fish, moose, bison, and migratory birds including the endangered whooping crane. The Mikisew Cree, who have depended on this area for millennia, are highly concerned about the growing threats posed by reduced water levels in the delta.

Fifty five of the 1052 World Heritage Sites are currently listed as “in danger”—and the Government of Canada and Parks Canada must make sure Wood Buffalo National Park isn’t added to the list!

We need you to call on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to halt construction on the Site C Dam immediately while the federal government assesses the potential impacts of the dam, and of tar sands development, on Wood Buffalo National Park.

Call on Prime Minister Trudeau to act now!


Call on Prime Minister Trudeau to halt construction of Site C Dam

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Your letter will be sent to:
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

Copies to:

The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans
The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs
The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change
The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice
The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport
The Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources

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