Tuesday, November 2, 2021
WHITEHORSE – The Council of Yukon First Nations (CYFN) kicked off a two-day gathering of technicians to discuss plastics management with a keynote address via Zoom from renowned biologist and environmental activist, David Suzuki.
The gathering brings together Yukon First Nations, territorial, and federal government representatives, along with key stakeholders, researchers and policy experts to discuss the issue of microplastics. Those presenting at the gathering are sharing plastics information from local, national, and international perspectives.
The purpose of the gathering is to identify current issues and knowledge gaps in regard to plastics and to stimulate collaboration among key plastics stakeholders. A key outcome of the gathering will be a summary report of recommendations to support decision-makers in aligning efforts to address plastics at local, national and international levels while capturing the unique situations and impacts on rural and remote Yukon communities.
“The issues brought about by plastics are real and present in Yukon as we can see the impacts on our environment and animals. This gathering provides a timely and relevant opportunity for Yukon First Nations to work alongside governments to address aligning actions to mitigate problems related to the presence of plastics in our environment.”– Grand Chief Peter Johnston
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