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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Federal Investment in Indigenous Conservation Delivers Major Benefits

As Canada works to protect at least 17 percent of lands by 2020, it can look to Australia for a proven model of partnership with Indigenous Peoples. Australia has announced it will invest an added $250 million AUD to support Indigenous Rangers who help manage the country’s natural heritage—including a…...

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Report Confirms Indigenous Peoples Can Help Canada Meet International Conservation Goals

Indigenous governments across the country are working to create protected areas that will sustain animals, plants, waters and lands for future generations. Our nations have enduring relationships with these places and caring for them helps us honour our cultural responsibility to the land. A new report confirms this Indigenous-led conservation…...

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How Indigenous Peoples Are Changing the Way Canada Thinks About Conservation

From the historic agreement that created the Great Bear Rainforest to B.C.’s Dasiqox Tribal Park to uniquely co-managed forest resources in Labrador, Indigenous-led conservation efforts are transforming the way Canadians understand and practice conservation. Far from the colonial idea of preserving natural landscapes from human incursion, Indigenous land use plans put sustainable human-nature…...

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Ottawa’s conservation plan puts Indigenous people in charge of protecting land

The federal government will ask Indigenous people to take on the job of protecting vast regions of Canadian wilderness after this week’s budget promised “historic” investments in nature conservation. Environmentalists, who praise Ottawa’s decision to spend more than a billion dollars to meet the country’s international biodiversity targets, say the…...

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Whales, wings and wetlands, oh my: Feds boost conservation funding in budget

The call of the wild is echoing through Tuesday’s federal budget, which some environmental groups are calling a “game changer” for nature conservation across Canada. The Liberals have earmarked $1.3 billion over five years to expand protected areas and help endangered and threatened species — a move that reflects its…...

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From the highest of highs to the lowest of lows, here’s the buzz on Budget 2018

Finance Minister Bill Morneau tabled a brand new federal budget on Tuesday, one he believes will tackle inequality in Canada, “double down” on investments for the middle class, and in general, “put people first.” Budget 2018, Equality + Growth: A Strong Middle Class, was presented in the House of Commons around…...

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