Futures at stake: Families of Northwest Alberta in jeopardy

Northwest Alberta: we are a place of great potential and prosperity because of our active forestry, agriculture and oil and gas production. However, our region is now in danger of facing a dark future.

While the recent economic recovery and stable oil and gas prices began to spring hope for our families in the North Peace Country, the Alberta Government announced that it would be looking to seize one-third of our land to recover herds of the Woodland Caribou.

If implemented, this decision could shut down industry in our area, put thousands of Albertans out of work and starve farmers of new land to grow their operations. 

The result could be abandoned towns and communities and people who will need to leave their homes - many of whom have been here for generations.

Please help us stand up for our communities! Tell the Alberta Government what you think of their plans or attend an in-person session: 

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Alberta’s six northwestern municipalities have come together to form the Northwest Species at Risk (NWSAR) Committee.

Why we started this Committee

After learning of the Government of Alberta’s proposal to permanently protect 1.8 million hectares of land for caribou in northwest Alberta, Councillors from the area’s six municipalities leapt into action and formed the Northwest Species at Risk (NWSAR) Committee to ensure local voices were heard.


Key Findings

Through the Committee’s hard work over the past year, we have undertaken socio-economic analysis, the collection of scientific data and extensive multi-stakeholder consultations to create this report with ten specific recommendations for responsible caribou recovery.


Local consultation required

There has been very limited consultation with the locally affected communities by the provincial and federal government’s, despite legislation requiring this. 


Ensuring the socio-economic future of northwest Alberta

Both the federal and provincial governments should fully consider the socio-economic impacts of the implementation of caribou recovery plans – in fact, legislation requires this.


Developing land-use plans for the region a better way to protect caribou

The Lower Peace Regional Plan has not yet been created, which would put in place a land-use plan for the area.


Active and coordinated wildlife management needed

Coordinated and broad wildlife management that considers the entire ecosystem is needed for the area that encompasses other species and their effect on caribou.