The Indigenous Leadership Initiative is dedicated to facilitating the strengthening of Indigenous nationhood for the fulfillment of the Indigenous cultural responsibility to our lands, the emergence of new generations of Indigenous leaders, and helping communities develop the skills and capacity that they will need as they continue to become fully respected and equally treated partners in Canada’s system of governance and its economic and social growth. Learn about our beginning.
“A movement is growing up from the land, from the Elders, from the youth, and from a new crop of women leaders, calling for Indigenous leadership on the land.”
— Valérie Courtois
Honouring Our Cultural Responsibility
Across the country, Indigenous Guardians help care for the land. They act as “eyes and ears” for their communities, monitoring wildlife, patrolling protected areas and creating management plans. In this short video, Indigenous Guardians talk about their work as stewards on the land.
Katye Martens/The Pew Charitable Trusts
From the Mackenzie River in the Northwest Territories to Pimachiowin Aki in Manitoba and beyond, Indigenous people are working to fulfill their cultural responsibilities to lands and waters. ILI’s long-time partner, The Pew Charitable Trusts, featured some of their stories in a recent video series.
Many First Nations are exercising their rights and responsibilities over traditional lands and believe their stewardship and conservation work are central to nation building. A group of Indigenous leaders came together to nurture these efforts with the support of dedicated partners. Meet the senior advisors who helped launch the Indigenous Leadership Initiative.