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UN Biodiversity Reports Calls for Greater Role for Indigenous Peoples

The United Nations released two major reports recognizing the leadership of Indigenous Peoples in sustaining our planet. The reports look at the fragile state of nature. Together they illustrate what place-based peoples have known all along: everything is interrelated. If we burn through natural resources, we undermine our own futures....

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Statement: UN Biodiversity Report Calls for Greater Role for Indigenous Peoples

Ottawa: Tues. September 15, 2020: The United Nations Global Biodiversity Outlook reports that the international community has failed to meet 2020 commitments to reverse dangerous declines in animal and plant species. It calls for scaling up solutions, including expanding protected areas and strengthening the role of Indigenous Peoples in biodiversity…...

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New Pride and Healing a Year After Thaidene Nëné Indigenous Protected Area Created

One year ago, the Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation signed an agreement with the Governments of Canada and Northwest Territories to protect 26,376 square kilometres known as the Thaidene Nëné Indigenous Protected Area. We have been busy ever since. The Nation has hired Indigenous Guardians to monitor the area, and…...

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New Report Shows Indigenous Guardians Programs Are Good for the Land & People

Summer is a busy time for Indigenous Guardians. Along the eastern shores of Great Slave Lake, the Ni Hat’ni Dene Guardians are testing water quality in wetlands where tens of thousands of migratory birds are raising their young. In the forests of northern BC, Yunesit’ni land guardians are working on…...

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RELEASE: Canadians Want Economic Recovery to Include Nature Conservation & Indigenous Stewardship

Poll: Canadians Want Economic Recovery to Include Nature Conservation & Indigenous Stewardship Ottawa: July 7, 2020   As the country focuses on restoring public health and the economy in the face of COVID-19, most Canadians continue to want the federal government to prioritize nature protection. According to a new poll, they…...

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SONDA : Les Canadiens veulent que la conservation et l’intendance autochtones fassent partie de la relance économique

Sondage : Les Canadiens veulent que la conservation et l’intendance autochtones fassent partie de la relance économique Ottawa: 7 juillet, 2020:  Alors que les efforts du pays sont axés sur le rétablissement de la santé publique et de l’économie dans le contexte de la COVID-19, la plupart des Canadiens souhaitent toujours…...

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Policy Brief: Indigenous-Led Conservation Job and Economic Opportunities that Work for Nature

New federal investments in Indigenous Guardians and Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas will create immediate, vital new jobs in Indigenous communities across the country....

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Backgrounder: Indigenous-Led Conservation: Creating Jobs & Economic Opportunity

Indigenous-led conservation is proven to generate good-paying jobs, unleash investment in regional economies and provide certainty for industry. At the same time, it is helping Canada meet commitments to conserve nature, address climate change and advance reconciliation....

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Building Back Better: Indigenous Stewardship Key to More Resilient Economy

Forests managed by Indigenous Nations have a pivotal role to play in helping Canada build a more sustainable economy in the wake of the pandemic. These forests capture and store vast amounts of carbon. The Great Bear Lake watershed alone—managed by the Sahtúgot’ine Dene in the Northwest Territories—holds the equivalent…...

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RELEASE: ILI Recognized for Conservation Leadership

RELEASE: ILI Recognized for Conservation Leadership The Indigenous Leadership Initiative is honoured to receive the 2019 Gold Leaf Award from the Canadian Council of Ecological Areas. The council is a national organization dedicated to expanding and managing a network of protected areas that conserve the rich ecological diversity of the country’s…...

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