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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National Guardians Gathering Celebrates Indigenous-led Conservation

Indigenous Guardians are caring for the land across the country. They are restoring animals and plants and managing protected areas. They are combining traditional knowledge and science and bringing youth and elders together. They serve as the “moccasins and mukluks” on the ground for communities, and their work helps conserve…...

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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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