The Indigenous Leadership Initiative works with a broad array of partners to advance Indigenous land management and conservation.
International Boreal Conservation Campaign
The International Boreal Conservation Campaign (IBCC) is working to conserve and sustainably manage North America’s Boreal region, a globally important ecosystem stretching more than 1 billion acres from Alaska to Labrador and containing one of the world’s largest remaining old-growth forest and wetland ecosystems.
IBCC is a coalition of Indigenous peoples, conservationists, scientists, business and civic leaders with a shared vision of protecting and sustaining the natural, cultural and economic values of the Boreal region for the benefit of future generations. The campaign was initiated by The Pew Charitable Trusts and operates as a partnership of Pew, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Ducks Unlimited Incorporated, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Ducks Unlimited Canada, the Indigenous Leadership Initiative, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society and the Boreal Songbird Initiative.
IBCC’s accomplishments include developing the Boreal Forest Conservation Framework, a visionary and science-based plan to preserve at least half of Canada’s boreal forest in a network of protected areas and to support sustainable communities and state-of-the-art stewardship practices in developing the remaining landscape. The Boreal Framework is supported by 1,500 scientists from around the world, scores of businesses, Indigenous leaders and nations and conservation organizations and has informed land use planning and decisions by Canadian and First Nations governments.
The Turtle Lodge
The Turtle Lodge rests on the Sagkeeng First Nation along the southern tip of Lake Winnipeg. The lodge offers a place for conveying ancient knowledge, connecting to the Earth and sharing among people of all races and nations.
Built in 2002, the lodge is a fulfillment of a vision received by Elder Dave Courchene Jr. It is based on the Seven Sacred Laws and the Eight Paths of the Medicine Wheel, the traditional values of the Anishnabe People of Turtle Island. It seeks to foster Mino-Pi-Mati-Si-Win: a good and peaceful way of life.
Courchene, the leader of the Turtle Lodge, serves as a spiritual advisor to the Indigenous Leadership Initiative and provides guidance on cultural protocol.