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Ottawa’s conservation plan puts Indigenous people in charge of protecting land

The federal government will ask Indigenous people to take on the job of protecting vast regions of Canadian wilderness after this week’s budget promised “historic” investments in nature conservation.

Environmentalists, who praise Ottawa’s decision to spend more than a billion dollars to meet the country’s international biodiversity targets, say the Inuit, the Métis and the First Nations are eager to accept the official role of stewards of the land.