New Video Spotlights Indigenous Guardians’ Leadership on the Land

Indigenous Guardians help communities manage traditional territories. They draft land use plans, study wildlife and monitor development. They also honour Elders’ knowledge and connect youth to their culture. In this short video, Indigenous Guardians talk about their work as stewards of the land....

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RELEASE: National Indigenous Guardians Network Receives Funding In Federal Budget

The movement to create a National Indigenous Guardians Network gained new ground today when the government of Canada included an initial investment of $25 million over 5 years in the 2017-2018 federal budget....

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First Nations to have greater role in parks: federal environment minister

Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna is supporting a greater role for First Nations in creating new protected areas and managing the ones Canada already has....

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‘The Land Is an Equalizer’: Indigenous Peoples Take Greater Role in Shaping Canada’s National Parks

When Canada created its national parks system beginning in 1885, it forced out Indigenous peoples in the name of conservation and tourism....

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Indigenous-Led Conservation Plays Pivotal Role at Parks Conference

High in the granite peaks and glacier valleys of the Rocky Mountains, Canada established its first national park in 1885. Government officials called it Banff after a district in Scotland, but the Assiniboine, Kootenays, Blackfoot and other Indigenous Peoples who were removed to create the park have their own names…...

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First Nations call for more say in park system at national conference

Giving Indigenous people a greater say in the operation of national parks and the creation of new protected areas is on the agenda at a major conference in Alberta this week....

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OP-ED: Feds should fund indigenous environmental guardians network

Researchers studying a similar Australian program suggested that for every $1 invested, $3 in social, economic, and cultural value is created....

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OP-ED: Time to fund the Indigenous Guardians Network

One year ago this month, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission released its final report. Its pages described the anguish caused by residential schools and the gaps remaining between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in terms of education and prosperity. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau praised the report, saying “This is a time…...

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Indigenous group wants guardian program expanded across Canada

A resource monitoring program already adopted by Indigenous governments in Labrador may be expanded across Canada if a proposal to the federal government is accepted. The non-profit Indigenous Leadership Initiative wants the federal Liberals to fund a national network of Indigenous guardians to monitor resources both on the land and water....

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INTERVIEW: Steve Nitah on success of Guardians program

Steve Nitah discussess the success of the Guardian program in Lutselk’e, including what it is doing for youth, how it’s helping the environment, and how it has been a beneficial program for his community....

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