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.

The Edéhzhíe, a 14,250-square-kilometre plateau west of Great Slave Lake, was declared an Indigenous Protected Area in Fort Providence, NWT, on Thursday afternoon. Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna and leaders of the Dehcho First Nations that call the region home attended the ceremony.

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Anishnaabe territory straddling Manitoba and Ontario named Canada’s first mixed UNESCO World Heritage site

A vast region of boreal forest straddling the Manitoba and Ontario border has been named the first mixed cultural and natural UNESCO World Heritage site in Canada, a tribute to the area’s exceptional biological diversity as well as to the enduring presence of Indigenous people.

After years of lobbying by local First Nations, and more than a decade of support from the governments of both provinces as well as the government of Canada, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization awarded the rare designation Sunday to the Pimachiowin Aki.

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RELEASE: UNESCO declares Pimachiowin Aki Canada’s first “mixed” cultural and natural WHS

The UNESCO World Heritage Committee today inscribed the Pimachiowin Aki boreal forest spanning the Manitoba–Ontario boundary as a World Heritage Site, recognizing the outstanding universal value of both its cultural and natural features. The decision ends one journey for the four Anishinaabe First Nations who have worked through two previous nominations to achieve success, and the beginning of a new one for the Pimachiowin cultural landscape, home to Indigenous peoples for more than 7,000 years.

Pimachiowin Aki has agreed to share their official press release on this website. Open the link below to view it.

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STATEMENT: Ministers’ Meeting Builds Momentum on Conservation, Indigenous Peoples Ready to Partner

From the Sahtu in the Northwest Territories to the Misipawistik Cree Nation in Manitoba, First Nations are moving forward on conservation....

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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 Heritage Committee. A decision will be made at the 42nd session of the World Heritage Committee to be held in Manama, Bahrain from June 24 to July 4, 2018.

Pimachiowin Aki has agreed to share their official press release on this website. Open the link below to view it.

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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 relationships that seek to revitalize traditional cultural practices at the centre.

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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 Inuit, the Métis and the First Nations are eager to accept the official role of stewards of the land.

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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 pledge to safeguard at least 17 per cent of Canada’s land and inland waters by 2020.

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