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.
Indigenous communities across Canada are insisting on the recognition and expansion of Indigenous-led conservation and sustainable development efforts. Many First Nations are exercising their rights and responsibilities over traditional lands and believe this work is central to nation building.
A group of Indigenous leaders came together to nurture and help advance these efforts. As part of their discussions, they connected with the International Boreal Conservation Campaign. With support from the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Hewlett Foundation, the Moore Foundation and Ducks Unlimited, they launched the Indigenous Leadership Initiative in 2013 to help strengthen Indigenous nationhood and fulfill Indigenous cultural responsibilities to the land.