Our Current Campaigns
Sturgeon River Plains Bison
In 1969, approximately 50 bison from Elk Island National Park were released in the Thunder Hills, north of Prince Albert National Park, by the provincial government. The newly released bison dispersed and a small number of them relocated into the south west corner of Prince Albert National Park to establish today’s Sturgeon River population. The population grew steadily, and in 2006 reached 400 animals.
Woodland caribou are one of several “umbrella species” in Saskatchewan: animals whose sustainability and population numbers are indicators not just of their own health, but of the overall wellbeing of the entire ecosystem. That the woodland caribou numbers in Saskatchewan are dwindling suggests that the entire boreal landscape is suffering. Since Canada’s are some of the largest unbroken stretches of boreal forest left in the world, it is our duty to listen to what the caribou are telling us– and act as their voice and as a voice for the wild.
Saskatchewan River Delta
The Saskatchewan River Delta has important ecological and cultural significance and needs protecting. After flowing 1,200 kilometres from Canada’s Rocky Mountains, collecting runoff from the Prairies and Boreal Plains, the Saskatchewan River spills into a maze of channels that cut across the low-lying forests and wetlands of the Saskatchewan River Delta.
In the 1930s, during the “dustbowl” drought years, the Canadian government protected about 7000 km2 of Saskatchewan’s grassland habitat in a federal community pastures program, managed for conservation and to provide grazing for farmers and ranchers.
Canada is home to the world’s largest remaining stretches of intact forests. We need to act now to safeguard the long term health of our boreal forests. The global importance of the boreal forest that sweeps across Canada from coast to coast is underlined by one simple fact: our boreal forest region is more wild and intact than almost any other forest area on the face of the Earth.
CPAWS works to ensure Saskatchewan's Parks keep ecological integrity as the top priority. Saskatchewan is home to two of Canada’s National Parks. Prince Albert National Park protects a large tract of the boreal plains/prairie transition eco-regions. Grasslands National Park protects some of Saskatchewan’s last remaining grasslands and native prairie. Additionally, Saskatchewan is home to 34 provincial parks.
CPAWS Saskatchewan has partnered with the northern communities of the Athabasca Basin as represented by Ya' thi Néné Lands and Resources and the Government of Saskatchewan to create a new Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area (IPCA). This project will protect over 600,000 hectares of thriving boreal forest and sub-alpine tundra, ensuring that the vast stretches of land that both woodland and barren ground caribou need to thrive are not destroyed by industry and urban development.
Indigenous Guardians Programs
Based on successful Indigenous Ranger Programs in Australia, the Canadian Indigenous Guardians Program was established in the 2017 federal budget: $25 million over four years was allocated for successful applications from Indigenous and Metis groups who sought greater opportunity to exercise stewardship responsibilities over their traditional lands, waters, and ice.
Celebrating Our Successes
Prairie Sun Brewery and Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society Saskatchewan have teamed up once again to bring you Caribrew: A heady taste of Northern Saskatchewan brewed with peat smoked malt harvested in caribou country.
Stay tuned for our next batch of Caribrew!
Hunters with Heart
Hunters with Heart is a community partnership by Community Mobilization Prince Albert (CMPA), Prince Albert Wildlife Federation, Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, and Caribou Transport L.P. Thousands of people each year rely on the Prince Albert Food Bank to provide critical food for their families, half of those in need being children. Meat is one of the most sought after items for the Food Bank and Hunters with Hearts is facilitating a new way to put much needed protein on the plates of hungry families.
This project is currently inactive.