Grasslands are the most endangered, the most altered, and least protected ecosystem on the planet. Canada’s prairie grasslands support over 60 different at-risk species, including the Burrowing Owl, the Swift Fox, and the Black-footed Ferret.
I am proud of Canada’s commitment to double protections for nature by 2020. Canada’s prairie grasslands –and the wildlife that call it home— are a unique part of our heritage and economy, and must be an urgent priority for long-term conservation.
I urge the Canadian government to work with ranchers, First Nations and Metis organizations, and local communities to protect Canada’s vital prairie grasslands in Southwest Saskatchewan and Southern Alberta. The approach to conservation should respect Indigenous rights and provide local ranchers secure and long-term access for cattle grazing.