A lack of provincial government funding continues to be an issue for a northern caribou conservation and management board.

The Beverley and Qamanirjuaq Caribou Management Board is meeting in Prince Albert this week.

Board Chair Earl Evans says the Saskatchewan Party government is simply not fulfilling its commitments when it comes to providing funding for provincial members to attend board meetings.

“That’s still a problem,” he says. “We don’t have Saskatchewan boys, they couldn’t provide the funding but some of the bands have stepped in and provided funding to send members on their own but the Saskatchewan government has not sent a rep to this meeting.”

Evans says government funding is used, so the board can set up meetings, do communications and outreach.

Saskatchewan has six members on the board.

A lack of government funding also prevented provincial members from attending a semi-annual board meeting in Winnipeg last November.

In the past year or so BQCMB has also beefed up its social media presence.

This includes a website and Facebook page.

The board also launched its “You Can Make A Difference – Caribou for the Future” campaign.

The campaign, which targets students in Grades 7 to 12, features a poster and prose contest.

Students in Nunavut, northern Manitoba and northern Saskatchewan were contacted as part of the campaign.

(PHOTO: File photo courtesy of BQCMB.)