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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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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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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