BACKGROUNDER: Indigenous-Led Conservation from Australia to Canada

Canada has committed to protecting at least 17% of lands and freshwaters by 2020 as part of the global effort to stem the tide of animal and plant extinctions. The most effective way for Canada to reach this goal is to support conservation work led by Indigenous Peoples. About 11%…...

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What Indigenous Rangers from Australia Can Share with Canada

A delegation of Indigenous land managers from Warddeken and other regions are traveling to Canada to talk about the transformative power of well-supported Indigenous-led conservation. This exchange is taking place at a crucial time....

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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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