Dehcho First Nations Create Indigenous Protected Area & Bring Canada Closer to Conservation Goal

A sweeping stretch of black spruce, headwater lakes and caribou grounds west of Yellowknife has gained new protections thanks to the leadership of the Dehcho First Nations. The Dehcho passed a Dene law to create the Edéhzhíe Protected Area in July. And this week, Dehcho leaders held a signing ceremony…...

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Vast region of Northwest Territories declared an Indigenous Protected Area

A vast region of the Northwest Territories that local Indigenous people call their “breadbasket” because of the abundance of wildlife has been declared permanently off limits to resource development, eight years after the federal government tried to open it to mining....

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Anishnaabe territory straddling Manitoba and Ontario named Canada’s first mixed UNESCO World Heritage site

A vast region of boreal forest straddling the Manitoba and Ontario border has been named the first mixed cultural and natural UNESCO World Heritage site in Canada, a tribute to the area’s exceptional biological diversity as well as to the enduring presence of Indigenous people. After years of lobbying by…...

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Indigenous Nations Secure UNESCO World Heritage Site Listing in Heart of Boreal

North of Winnipeg and east across the border of Manitoba and Ontario, an expanse of boreal forest unfolds over tens of thousands of kilometres. Home to herds of woodland caribou, chains of crystal clear lakes and wetlands full of birds, it is called Pimachiowin Aki—the Land that Gives Life....

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RELEASE: UNESCO declares Pimachiowin Aki Canada’s first “mixed” cultural and natural WHS

The UNESCO World Heritage Committee today inscribed the Pimachiowin Aki boreal forest spanning the Manitoba–Ontario boundary as a World Heritage Site, recognizing the outstanding universal value of both its cultural and natural features. The decision ends one journey for the four Anishinaabe First Nations who have worked through two previous…...

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STATEMENT: Ministers’ Meeting Builds Momentum on Conservation, Indigenous Peoples Ready to Partner

From the Sahtu in the Northwest Territories to the Misipawistik Cree Nation in Manitoba, First Nations are moving forward on conservation....

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Land Use Planning in Action

Before people build a house, they draft blueprints that determine how the house will be laid out and how the family will live in the home with their children and grandchildren. Land use plans play a similar role. They help communities envision how they will live on the land for…...

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Building a National Network to Support Indigenous Guardians as Stewards on the Land

In about 30 First Nations across the country, Indigenous Guardians help care for the land and water. They act as the “eyes and ears” for their communities, paying attention to the health of animals, testing water quality, monitoring industrial development, and welcoming visitors to protected areas. “We are here protecting…...

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STATEMENT: Pimachiowin Aki listing as World Heritage Site would be cause for celebration for Indigenous Peoples and all Canadians

The acceptance of Pimachiowin Aki this summer as an Indigenous-led World Heritage Site would be a major inspiration in the drive to partner with Indigenous peoples to protect at least 17% of Canada’s land by 2020, says Valérie Courtois, Director of the Indigenous Leadership Initiative (ILI)....

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RELEASE: Pimachiowin Aki recommended for World Heritage Site listing

Pimachiowin Aki has received the two key recommendations needed to be added to the World Heritage Site list. These recommendations are from the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which are the main advisory bodies to the UNESCO World…...

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