Natural resource development

WCS Canada comments on Critical Minerals Strategy to Natural Resources Canada - September 2022

Ray, J., Chetkiewicz, C., Cooke, H., Farrell, C., Harris, L., Kortsalo, P., Kraus, D., Lescord, G., Mantyka-Pringle, C., O'Connor, C., Oke, T., Raudsepp-Hearne, C., Reid, D., Scrafford, M. & Southee, M.


Abstract

A Critical Minerals (CM) strategy is one important step and welcomed, given the need for Canada to strengthen supply chains to support the energy transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources to address climate commitments. In its present form, however, the draft strategy and accompanying discussion questions are oriented around a relatively narrow and short-term economic growth perspective, rather than one that emphasizes sustainability in the full sense of the word, i.e., including ecological and social dimensions. It also fails to adequately consider the impact on Indigenous communities and the need to respect and support Indigenous sovereignty in impacted regions. Describing critical minerals as a 'generational opportunity', the strategy does not adequately cover impacts on current and future generations if the extraction of critical minerals does not deliberately consider social, environmental, and long-term economic costs.

Recommended citation

Ray, J., Chetkiewicz, C., Cooke, H., Farrell, C., Harris, L., Kortsalo, P., Kraus, D., Lescord, G., Mantyka-Pringle, C., O'Connor, C., Oke, T., Raudsepp-Hearne, C., Reid, D., Scrafford, M. & Southee, M. (2022). WCS Canada comments on Critical Minerals Strategy to Natural Resources Canada - September 2022. Wildlife Conservation Society Canada [WCS Canada]. https://wcscanada.org/resources/critical-minerals-strategy-natural-resources-canada/

Justina Ray

Justina Ray

President & Senior Scientist

Cheryl Chetkiewicz

Cheryl Chetkiewicz

Director, Indigenous Communities and Conservation

Hilary Cooke

Hilary Cooke

Co-Director, Northern Boreal Mountains Program

Claire Farrell

Claire Farrell

Science and Youth Coordinator

Lorna Harris

Lorna Harris

Director of Forests, Peatlands and Climate Change Program

Daniel Kraus

Daniel Kraus

Director of National Conservation

Chrystal Mantyka-Pringle

Chrystal Mantyka-Pringle

Co-Director, Northern Boreal Mountains Program

Constance O'Connor

Constance O'Connor

Director, Ontario Northern Boreal Program

Tobi Oke

Tobi Oke

Post-doctoral fellow

Ciara Raudsepp-Hearne

Ciara Raudsepp-Hearne

Director of Key Biodiversity Areas

Donald Reid

Donald Reid

Emeritus Scientist

Matthew Scrafford

Matthew Scrafford

Wolverine Conservation Scientist

Meg Southee

Meg Southee

Lead Geospatial Analyst/Programmer

About WCS Canada's comments on the Critical Minerals Strategy

About WCS Canada's comments on the Critical Minerals Strategy

Perpetuating current approaches and proceeding with an “extraction first” mentality is going to have massive climate consequences.
Justina Ray