What is Mackenzie WILD?

Deh Cho, the Mackenzie River, is Canada’s wildest big river flowing through globally important forests and tundra teeming with caribou, moose, geese, wolves, and bears. Indigenous People have conserved and stewarded the lands, waters and wildlife of the Mackenzie Valley from time immemorial.

Sierra Club of Canada believes that the proposed $7 billion Mackenzie Gas Project would be bad for the North, for Canada and the planet, harming ecosystems and wildlife and disrupting communities, while creating only 50 permanent jobs in the Northwest Territories.

The Mackenzie WILD program says that oil and gas industrialization is not the only option for the North.

Mackenzie WILD envisages a future for the Mackenzie Valley in which biodiversity and ecological integrity are maintained, sustainable and healthy communities are developed, rights of Indigenous People are respected, and Canada keeps its commitments to protect the atmosphere under the Kyoto Protocol.


  • Support Canada’s commitments to protect the global atmosphere
  • Protect the biodiversity and ecology of the Mackenzie Valley
  • Ensure sustainable, healthy Mackenzie Valley communities
  • Respect the rights of Mackenzie Valley Indigenous People

Available evidence is such that none of these objectives will be met if the Mackenzie Gas Project proceeds, on account of the environmental and social damage that the MGP itself will cause, not to mention the environmental damage caused by oil and gas industrialization of the Mackenzie watershed that the MGP would trigger.