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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New Indigenous Protected Area Respects People & the Land

About 115 miles northeast of Yellowknife, the Łutsël K’e Dene First Nation has led the creation of one of the biggest protected areas in the country. The Dene who now call Lutsel’Ke home have survived on these lands for thousands of years. The area unfolds along the eastern shores of…...

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RELEASE: Innovative partnership in support of Indigenous-led conservation of nature launched in Canada

GUELPH, TURTLE ISLAND - A historic partnership in support of the conservation of traditional lands and waters by Indigenous Peoples is among a number of projects to receive funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). The Conservation through Reconciliation Partnership will receive $2.5 million with additional funds…...

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RELEASE: ILI Statement on $6.4 Million Investment in First Nations Guardians Programs

Ottawa: Wednesday, July 17th, 2019: The Government of Canada announced that it will invest $6.4 million in the First Nations stream of the Indigenous Guardians Pilot Program. Twenty-two projects—some existing and some new—will receive funds to support Indigenous-led conservation. The projects were selected by the First Nations Federal Pilot Joint…...

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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 on the southern shores of James Bay, in northern Quebec.

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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 covered in water—for years. When it tore open, they followed their training and jumped into action.

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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 like conservation planning, wildlife management and environmental monitoring.

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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 as an Indigenous guardian – monitoring the effects of climate change on his territory – that he recovered his confidence. “Being a guardian has helped me so much on a personal level,” Quock, 31, said in an interview.

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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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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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