David Sone

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Basic Info
Wild Gift Class Year: 
2010
Better World Expertise: 
Community Engagement/Activism
Conservation & Stewardship
Water
Current Occupation: 
Environmental Justice Advocate
Impacts of My Work: 
Helped stop clear-cut logging on the 2,500 square mile territory of the Grassy Narrows First Nations from June 2008 to the present.
March 2012: Helped withdraw 9,000 square miles of KI Homeland from mineral exploration and mining activity to protect KI culture, water, forests, and wildlife. This is a roadless wilderness 2.5 times the size of Yellowstone National Park.
March 2012: Helped Stop Gods Lake Resources from drilling for gold on the ancestral burial grounds of the KI First Nation.
March 2012: Helped stop Ontario from expanding mining activity at Wolf Lake, the world's largest old growth red pine forest.

The mission of my Wild Gift Project – Earth Justice Initiative (EJI) - is to use grassroots organizing and coalition building to support indigenous First Nations of Canada who are protecting their traditional territories in North America’s largest wild forest ecosystem.  Globally, only 20% of the world’s original forests remain intact.  The largest wild forest in North America is the boreal forest – the world’s greatest reservoir of fresh water, and the biggest storehouse of carbon beyond the ocean.  Canada’s vast boreal forests are being rapidly exploited for extraction of timber, energy and mineral resources.  EJI believes the most strategic and responsible way to advance human rights and protect the boreal forest is to partner with First Nation communities who are working to protect their traditional territories.  EJI works with a coalition of 50 organizations toward its goals including recognition for the right of First Nations to say ‘no’ to industrial extraction - as enshrined in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples - and protection for Ontario’s Boreal Forest.