Take Action!

Saskatchewan Government Survey on Provincial Pastures

In its March 22, 2017 budget the Saskatchewan government announced they would end the provincial pastures program and sell the land.

Please write the Premier and fill out Sask Agriculture’s survey.

They are doing a consultation with invitational meetings and an online survey. The survey is located here

You will notice that the survey is biased and doesn’t ask the basic question – Do you want the pastures sold? People need to make it clear they are in favour of retaining the pastures as public lands.

There are three spots in the survey where you can fill in your thoughts. This could include these points

– Keep the provincial pastures as public lands – this is a top priority
– Express strong opposition to subdividing the pastures whether publicly or privately owned.
– There is no urgency or economic advantage to dispose of the provincial pastures program. Delay the decision for an additional year to give more time for a proper inquiry into options.
– Sponsor a fully independent review of the ecological, agro-economic, and cultural effects of changes to the PFRA and provincial pastures systems.

Let them know

Write, e-mail, fax  or phone the Premier and cc the Minister of the Environment and the Minister of Agriculture

In addition to the points above  say why the pastures are valuable to you and society as a whole, such as: habitat for conserving native flora and fauna especially Species at Risk, soil and water conservation, carbon sequestration, public access for recreation and research, accommodating sustainable livestock grazing while conserving habitat.

Premier Brad Wall
Telephone 306-787-9433
FAX 306-787-0885
Mailing Address: Room 226, 2405 Legislative Drive, Regina, SK, Canada, S4S 0B3
Email Address: premier@gov.sk.ca

Hon. Scott Moe, Minister of the Environment
Telephone: 306-787-0393
FAX: 306-787-1669
Mailing Address: Room 345, Legislative Building, 2405 Legislative Drive, Regina, SK, Canada, S4S 0B3
Email Address: env.minister@gov.sk.ca

Hon. Lyle Stewart, Minister of Agriculture
Telephone:306-787-0338
FAX: 306-787-0630
Mailing Address: Room 334, Legislative Building, 2405 Legislative Drive, Regina, SK, Canada, S4S 0B3
Email Address: minister.ag@gov.sk.ca

 


Petition to Federal Government on Community Pasture Conservation

As a result of recent developments in Ottawa and in the national media, PPPI has launched an official parliamentary petition to Hon. Catherine McKenna, federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change, calling on her to work with livestock producers, First Nations and Métis organizations, local committees and conservation organizations to create a multi-use prairie conservation network on all former PFRA Community Pastures.

Please fill out and share this petition with others before July 6th, 2017, when it closes. Already it is garnering support across Canada  – we need 500 signatures in order for final certification.

https://petitions.parl.gc.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-927

Grasslands are the most endangered, the most altered and yet the least protected ecosystem on the planet.  They contain more Species at Risk than any other region of the country. The Community Pastures in Saskatchewan contain some of the largest, best managed and biodiverse rich blocks of remaining native grasslands in North America.  A conservation network will not only protect our grasslands but support Canada’s biodiversity Target 1 to protect 17% of all terrestrial areas and inland water. http://www.conservation2020canada.ca/pathway/

 

Petition wording

e-927 (Land use)

Whereas:

    Canada’s old growth prairie is representative of the most endangered and least protected ecosystems on the planet (The Hohhot Declaration, July 2008; Dan Kraus, October 24, 2016) and provides a vast array of ecosystem services, including carbon sequestration, species-at-risk habitat, soil and water conservation;

    Retaining the public ownership and ecological integrity of the former Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration (PFRA) Pastures answers Canada’s obligations to our international commitments including the UN Convention on Biodiversity and Aichi Accord, Paris Accord, the Migratory Bird Convention as well as our national biodiversity strategy, Pathway to Canada Target 1; and

    Retaining public ownership and ecological integrity of the former PFRA Pastures aligns with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, contributes to Canada’s commitment to Indigenous peoples under the numbered Treaties and responds to Reconciliation efforts.

We, the undersigned, Citizens and Residents of Canada, call upon the Minister of Environment and Climate Change to work with livestock producers, First Nations and Métis organizations, local committees and conservation organizations to create a multi-use prairie conservation network on all former PFRA Community Pastures that meets ranchers’ needs for grazing and protects Canada’s 75-year investment in the ecological wellbeing of this important ecosystem and its biodiversity, treaty, climate change, and heritage values.

 

 

 

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