Workshops Spark a Brighter Future for Species at Risk


There are currently over 800 Species at Risk in Canada, according to the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada. We need to work together to help these species begin to thrive again on the home we all share.

That’s why CIER has partnered with Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) on a Species at Risk Act (SARA) Consultation, Cooperation, and Accommodation Pilot Project.As part of this on-going project, CIER and ECCC hosted three full-day online Species at Risk workshops January 26th, 27th and February 2nd. to share information and talk about recovery planning for several Species at Risk: Southern Mountain Caribou, Grizzly Bear, Bank Swallow, Western Screech-Owl (two sub-species), Oregon Forestsnail, American Badger, and Marbled Murrelet. ​

The workshops were well-attended with over 50 First Nations participants each day. Each workshop was recorded by a graphic recorder to capture the key words and concepts from each session in a visual way. You can check out graphic records from all the workshops on our website. This particular graphic recording is from the Grizzly Bear session on February 2nd. 

In addition to these overview workshops, CIER and ECCC have completed training sessions on Species at Risk legislation in BC and AB. They have provided tools and resources to support land managers and decision-makers as well as more in-depth workshops and one-on-one meetings that specifically focus on Southern Mountain Caribou and Grizzly Bear recovery planning.

If you’re interested in learning more about Species at Risk, the Species at Risk Act, or this pilot project, you can find out more info on our website. You can find agendas, presentations, graphic recordings, and more.

This article was featured in the CIER Spring 2021 Newsletter. Sign up for future newsletters here.