(Nunatsiavut Government – July 7, 2022 – Press Release) – Following the diesel spill in Kaipokok Bay near Postville in 2020, the Nunatsiavut Government has been involved in spill response and monitoring. While issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic have delayed analyses, new partial results from these efforts show elevated levels for some diesel-related compounds in pigeon (black guillemot) eggs harvested near Postville in 2020 and 2021, and near Nain in 2021.
It is still uncertain whether that contamination has any human health implication, whether it is present in other species or communities, and whether it is related to the 2020 diesel spill. The Nunatsiavut Government is currently in communication with Health Canada to understand the potential significance of these results in terms of consumption and human health.
Testing is also ongoing to confirm the results, as well as for levels in eggs for saddlers (Great black-backed gull) and ducks (Common eider) and in adult birds for ducks and pigeons. The Nunatsiavut Government is working on expanded testing in other communities and species as well. Unfortunately, the information available at this point does not allow the Nunatsiavut Government to formulate advice regarding harvesting and consumption of pigeon eggs or other wild food.
The Nunatsiavut Government is asking beneficiaries to consider this uncertainty in their harvesting decisions this summer. The Nunatsiavut Government is working to provide beneficiaries with clear answers regarding this situation as soon as possible; and information will be shared as it becomes available.
(Indigenous Clean Energy Iqaluit, NU - July 10, 2022 - Press Release) - For the first time in program history,...
The lawsuit is against the Anglo-Australian mining company BHP – one of the biggest companies in the world – for their involvement in the collapse of the Mariana dam in 2015, which released toxic mining waste down 400 miles (640km) of waterways along the Doce River. Claimants are seeking at least £5bn ($6bn) in compensation.
West Moberly’s primary concern now is to do what we can to mitigate and heal some of
the damage that the Peace River valley has suffered through the construction of the three
dams, as well as through massive forestry, mining and oil and gas development.
“We will not lose our voice for the land. We will not give up on our responsibility to speak and advocate for the land which forms our way of life. Any changes to it will be irreversible and we take that very seriously because losing our land to development has great potential to be tantamount to the genocide of our People. We want a process that respects First Nations’ protocols and our People need to have a direct voice.”
— Chief Wayne Moonias, Neskantaga First Nation
Without a ban, there is about a 30% risk that narwhals will become extinct in east Greenland by 2025, rising to 74% by 2028, an analysis by Hobbs found. Last year the eastern hunting districts did not catch enough narwhals to fill their quotas, says Ugarte, which he sees as a sign that the mammals are not as abundant as the hunters claim. Hunters, however, blame the unusual presence of killer whales in the fjords this year, which might have scared the narwhals away.
Indigenous leaders exercised their treaty rights for rapid and effective recovery measures, while helping people rethink what endangered species conservation means. The many groups helped weave western and Indigenous knowledge and skills to produce a robust program for conserving caribou.