Indigenous Guardians help communities manage traditional territories. They draft land use plans, study wildlife and monitor development projects. They also honour Elders’ knowledge and connect youth to the land.

In this short video, Indigenous Guardians talk about their work. They describe what it means for their communities—better conserved lands, stronger ties to culture, healthier people—and for planet.

“We are sustaining our traditional territory not only for us, but for the whole world,” says Gloria Enzoe of the Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation. “Our ecosystem is so pure, we have so many trees that we are cleaning up a lot of pollution. It means we are here protecting Mother Earth in order for the rest of the world to live on her.”