Environment Minister Catherine McKenna speaks in Montreal, Que. on March 29, 2016. (Photo: The Canadian Press)
"We know that traditional knowledge provides us with invaluable information. It makes our research more efficient and provides us with first-hand observations about the state of our land, water, flora and fauna."McKenna also said that traditional knowledge will be specifically included in wildlife conservation decisions. "We know that traditional knowledge provides us with invaluable information. It makes our research more efficient and provides us with first-hand observations about the state of our land, water, flora and fauna," she said. "That is why we consult and work with Indigenous communities in deciding whether to list a species under the Species At Risk Act and in establishing the best recovery strategies and recovery plans."
Similar rationale used by last Tory environment ministerFormer Conservative environment minister Leona Aglukkaq raised the ire of some in the conservation movement when she used a similar rationale to defend Canada's polar bear hunt, saying her Inuk brother in Nunavut assured her there were plenty of bears on the land. "Aboriginal people have a unique understanding of the environment, having lived off the land for thousands of years, so ensuring our voice is heard only improves our management of the species," Aglukkaq said in a government release last June as she headed to West Virginia for talks with American officials on polar bear conservation. The Liberals came to office last fall promising a new era of evidence-based decision making. "Responsible governments rely on sound data to make their decisions," said the Liberal campaign platform.
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