B.C.’s Central Purcell Mountains part of Canada’s largest investment in nature in Canadian history

The Government of Canada announced today that they are contributing $16.1 million to help protect the Purcell Mountain Range.

The funding will officially establish the Central Purcell Mountains Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area.

“It took foresight and leadership from local First Nations people and other communities to get to the point where we can now better protect habitat for species at risk over this vast area, namely the Grizzly Bear, the Southern Mountain Caribou and the Whitebark Pine,” said Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada today.

“By working together, we will reach our nature protection goal to conserve 25 per cent of Canada’s land, and 25 per cent of Canada’s oceans by 2025.”

Kathryn Teneese, chairperson, Ktunaxa Nation Council, said 

Qat’muk is the spiritual home of the grizzly bear and important to their Nation.

“As a result of the Canada Target One Challenge funding provided to the Ktunaxa Nation Council, Grizzly bear spirit’s home will become part of a larger Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area (IPCA) in the central Purcell Mountains.”

The $175-million Target 1 Challenge initiative will support ongoing progress toward achieving Canada’s Target 1 goal of conserving 17 per cent of our land and freshwater by the end of 2020.

The Government of Canada is working to double the amount of protected nature in Canada’s lands and oceans by the end of 2020 and has committed to going even further. The government will bring forward a plan to conserve 25 per cent of Canada’s land and 25 per cent of Canada’s oceans by 2025.

The Shuswap Indian Band, government B.C., Nature Conservancy of Canada, Columbia Basin Trust, Wyss Foundation, Wilburforce Foundation, Patagonia, and Donner Canadian Foundation all helped to make this project a reality.