Wildsight works locally, regionally and globally to protect biodiversity and encourage sustainable communities in Canada’s Columbia and Rocky Mountain regions.
The federal Fisheries Act, enacted almost 150 years ago, is one of the oldest pieces of environmental legislation in Canada. Until 2012, this legislation empowered the federal government to protect oceans, clean water and fish habitat. When the omnibus Bill C38 passed, it cut a number of pieces of environmental legislation including weakening fish habitat protection. This change was made with no public participation, respect for First Nations rights and title, or scientific evidence.
Fortunately, Minister Tootoo’s mandate letter calls on him to “restore lost protections and introduce modern safeguards” into the Fisheries Act. Canadians across the country are calling on Minister Tootoo and the Canadian federal government to first fix the error made and then move forward with engagement on other changes needed to enhance stewardship and ensure the long-term sustainability of Canada’s vibrant aquatic ecosystems.Join us in supporting this call. Sign the petition here.