A Tool for Sharing Knowledge of Indigenous-Led Conservation

By Frank Brown I grew up learning to fish from my Heiltsuk knowledge keepers and elders. I saw elder fishers build kelp gardens to harvest herring roe; if the roe wasn’t at least four or five layers thick on the kelp, they left it in the water so the herring…...

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Job Opportunity: Social Media Community Manager – Contract Position

Social Media Community Manager – Contract Position The Indigenous Leadership Initiative (ILI) 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 to helping communities develop the skills and capacity that…...

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New Indigenous Protected Area Respects People & the Land

About 115 miles northeast of Yellowknife, the Łutsël K’e Dene First Nation has led the creation of one of the biggest protected areas in the country. The Dene who now call Lutsel’Ke home have survived on these lands for thousands of years. The area unfolds along the eastern shores of…...

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RELEASE: Innovative partnership in support of Indigenous-led conservation of nature launched in Canada

GUELPH, TURTLE ISLAND - A historic partnership in support of the conservation of traditional lands and waters by Indigenous Peoples is among a number of projects to receive funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). The Conservation through Reconciliation Partnership will receive $2.5 million with additional funds…...

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RELEASE: ILI Statement on $6.4 Million Investment in First Nations Guardians Programs

Ottawa: Wednesday, July 17th, 2019: The Government of Canada announced that it will invest $6.4 million in the First Nations stream of the Indigenous Guardians Pilot Program. Twenty-two projects—some existing and some new—will receive funds to support Indigenous-led conservation. The projects were selected by the First Nations Federal Pilot Joint…...

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Indigenous guardians, leaders hope to build a national watchman program

Shaunna Morgan Siegers was first called by the land and water when she was 18, halfway through her first year at university. She says she could see herself sitting on the high banks of the Rupert River, looking west at the setting sun. She headed home, to the Waskaganish First Nation…...

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Indigenous guardian patrols offer ‘eyes on the land’ across Canada

When flooding last year broke open a fish ladder that allowed spawning salmon to get upriver near Cache Creek, B.C., locals trained as “guardians” from the nearby First Nation responded to the disaster first. They’d been warning about a growing hole in the critical fisheries structure—which looks like a stairway…...

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First Nations guardians gathering aims to grow movement and lobby for sustained funding

Efforts to expand the number of Indigenous guardian groups across the country are the focus of a gathering in downtown Vancouver this week. There are more than 40 guardian programs across the country that have Indigenous people working as the eyes and ears on their territories when it comes to things…...

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Indigenous guardians raise the alarm on impact of climate change in Canada

Growing up in a small, remote First Nations community in northwestern British Columbia, Jarett Quock found he faced racism and stereotypes from non-Indigenous people whenever he left the reserve. The treatment took a toll on him, damaging his pride in his Tahltan Nation roots. It was only after he began work…...

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TESTIMONY: Submission to the Special Senate Committee on the Arctic

Now is a pivotal time. Canada has vowed to double its protected lands by 2020 and many Indigenous Nations have proposed new protected areas. Supporting Indigenous-led conservation is the most efficient and most effective way for Canada to reach its goal. This country has a special responsibility to act. Canada…...

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