STATEMENT: Quebec’s Val d’Or caribou herd condemned to die - government failing in its responsibilities and abandoning them

Press release - March 9, 2018
9 march 2018 (Montreal) - In response to the announcement yesterday by the Minister of Forests, Fauna and Parks claiming that the cost of restoring the habitat of Quebec’s Val d’Or’s last caribou herd is too high to save this population from extinction and they are therefore doomed to disappear, Greenpeace Canada forest campaigner Olivier Kolmel responded:

9 March 2018 (Montreal) - In response to the announcement yesterday by the Minister of Forests, Fauna and Parks claiming that the cost of restoring the habitat of Quebec’s Val d’Or’s last caribou herd is too high to save this population from extinction and they are therefore doomed to disappear, Greenpeace Canada forest campaigner Olivier Kolmel responded:

“It’s a sad day for Quebec. First the government wanted to put the Val d’Or herd into a zoo and now is abandoning them to their ultimate fate: disappearing from the forest in the next few years. The Quebec government is not living up to its responsibilities and is failing to protect this threatened species. This is what happens when the government doesn’t take seriously the recommendations of scientists and Indigenous experts when it comes to forest conservation. We are now left wondering if this will be the fate of other caribou herds across Quebec, including in the iconic Broadback Valley Forest.”

In October, the Quebec government also failed to meet the five year deadline for delivering a caribou conservation plan under the federal Species at Risk Act. The species has been facing an uncertain future over the past 15 years across Canada. Many scientists, environmental organisations and Indigenous communities and businesses have been calling on governments to act. Greenpeace has launched a petition urging provincial governments to take their commitments seriously to protect the woodland caribou and the boreal forest, while respecting the rights of Indigenous Peoples.

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For more information:

Marie Moucarry, Communications Officer, Greenpeace Canada, 438-993-6127,