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A cari­bou life­line, sav­ing Nova Sco­tian snakes, birch­bark oil ben­e­fits and more

Nova Sco­tia’s Aca­dia First Na­tion and the Cana­dian Wildlife Ser­vice are de­vel­op­ing a con­ser­va­tion plan for the threat­ened At­lantic pop­u­la­tion of the east­ern rib­bon snake, mark­ing the first time in At­lantic Canada that the gov­ern­ment agency has col­lab­o­rated with an In­dige­nous com­mu­nity to pro­tect crit­i­cal habi­tat for a species at risk on a re­serve. It’s es­ti­mated that there are be­tween 4,000 and 9,000 of the semi­aquatic rep­tiles in the prov­ince, mostly around the Wild­cat and Pon­hook Lake Mi’kmaq re­serves.

‘It’s not good for the en­vi­ron­ment, the food that we eat and the wa­ter that we po­ten­tially want to drink.’

Madeleine Red­fern, mayor of Iqaluit, de­scribes the ef­fect that decades-old de­bris and haz­ardous ma­te­rial near the city has had on res­i­dents. In July, Trans­port Canada awarded an Iqaluit com­pany a $5.4-mil­lion con­tract to clean up the site, which was used as a dump­ing ground when the U.S. Air Force closed its Fro­bisher Bay Air Base in 1963.

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