Destination Deline

Indigenous-led conservation offers a path to global leadership and reconciliation

From the pristine waters of the North French River in Ontario to the tree-lined shores of the Great Bear Lake in the Northwest Territories, Indigenous Nations are working to conserve the land. Some are caring for the country’s iconic places, like Gwaii Haanas and the Torngat Mountains. And some are…...

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STRATEGY DOCUMENT: Restoring Caribou of the Ungava Peninsula

Seven Indigenous Nations and groups announced a ground-breaking strategy for restoring caribou across 1.5 million square kilometres of Quebec, Labrador and Nunavik. Known as the Ungava Peninsula Caribou Aboriginal Round Table (UPCART), it will help address critical gaps....

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Seven Indigenous Nations Put Forth New Model to Conserve Caribou

The Innu are caribou people. Our food, language, stories and traditions are shaped by the caribou, and our elders carry generations’ worth of knowledge about the herds. Yet in recent years, we watched the size of the George River Herd plummet from at least 770,000 in 1993 to less than…...

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Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Supports Indigenous Guardians

Guardians help Indigenous Nations care for the land, as is their sacred responsibility. They enforce both Indigenous and Crown laws. They study wildlife, test water quality and monitor industrial projects like mines, forestry and commercial fisheries. They manage Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas and implement Indigenous land use plans. And…...

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New Video Spotlights Indigenous Guardians’ Leadership on the Land

Indigenous Guardians help communities manage traditional territories. They draft land use plans, study wildlife and monitor development. They also honour Elders’ knowledge and connect youth to their culture. In this short video, Indigenous Guardians talk about their work as stewards of the land....

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RELEASE: National Indigenous Guardians Network Receives Funding In Federal Budget

The movement to create a National Indigenous Guardians Network gained new ground today when the government of Canada included an initial investment of $25 million over 5 years in the 2017-2018 federal budget....

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First Nations to have greater role in parks: federal environment minister

Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna is supporting a greater role for First Nations in creating new protected areas and managing the ones Canada already has....

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‘The Land Is an Equalizer’: Indigenous Peoples Take Greater Role in Shaping Canada’s National Parks

When Canada created its national parks system beginning in 1885, it forced out Indigenous peoples in the name of conservation and tourism....

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Indigenous-Led Conservation Plays Pivotal Role at Parks Conference

High in the granite peaks and glacier valleys of the Rocky Mountains, Canada established its first national park in 1885. Government officials called it Banff after a district in Scotland, but the Assiniboine, Kootenays, Blackfoot and other Indigenous Peoples who were removed to create the park have their own names…...

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First Nations call for more say in park system at national conference

Giving Indigenous people a greater say in the operation of national parks and the creation of new protected areas is on the agenda at a major conference in Alberta this week....

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