46. The parties inform the Chief Custodian of the implementation of any regulatory measures and other information relating to the recovery of Caribou within the PNP Pine, Quintet and Narraway. “Today is good news for the Klinse-za herd, but there are 21 other southern mountain groups in B.C that need this kind of help,” Burkhart says. The agreement has been welcomed by environmental groups who say habitat destruction has brought caribou to the brink of extinction. “For thousands of years, caribou have given us food, clothing and tools to survive difficult winters. They`re not just animals for us. They are our brothers and sisters, our friends and our ancestors. Caribou have been suffering for decades because their habitat is being gradually destroyed. They need us now, all of us. This partnership agreement gives us hope.
This means that help is on its way. – Roland Willson, Chief of the West Moberly Nations The Partnership Agreement contains measures to bring the Southern Mountain Caribou Central Group to a freestanding level that supports traditional Aboriginal harvesting activities in accordance with Aboriginal rights and the treaty. After decades of dramatic population decline, the central group has now grown to about 230 animals. West Moberly and Saulteau First Nations, in collaboration with the provincial government, led recovery operations for the central group by declaring a voluntary moratorium on caribou hunting, erecting and managing traditional predator control programs, mapping and habitat restoration, and conducting other conservation measures. These actions, along with the predator control program launched in 2015 by the provincial government and other First Nations and collaborators, have recently resulted in an increase in the population of herds in Klinse-Za, Kennedy Siding and Quintet. Based on these successes, the Partnership Agreement contains commitments that the parties will make to support the protection of enriching habitat for caribou, a program for Aboriginal custodians, participates in the common transmission and research of knowledge, and continues to implement existing and new measures for caribou restoration, including maternity pencils. Canada is committed to financially and technically supporting these activities. […] Of two treaties 8 First Nations, West Moberly and Saulteau, have signed an agreement in British Columbia and Canada to protect and restore caribou in northeastern B.C. The agreement protects approximately 7,500 square kilometers, including a new […] The partnership agreement contains commitments that the parties will make to support the expansion of protected caribou habitat, including in Klin-se-za Provincial Park; Launch of a program for Aboriginal custodians; Participation in collaborative knowledge exchange and joint research; Continue to implement effective caribou restoration measures, such as maternity pencils.B.