Boots on the ground and boots in the boardroom: Northern First Nations lead the way in the creation of a national Indigenous Guardians program
Across the country, Indigenous governments are all calling for the same thing, says Valerie Courtois: the capacity to manage their own traditional territories using their own laws and values.
First Nations students from across the North are training to become leaders in land protection and management as part of a new pilot program in the NWT.
The Indigenous Boreal Guardians training program launched last week at the Dechenla Lodge in the Mackenzie Mountains near the Yukon-NWT border and will finish next March at the Dechinta Bush University Centre for Research and Learning.
Amid the court challenges, war of words, sit-ins and street protests that have marked First Nations relations with Canada’s resource sector, it might surprise some Canadians that aboriginal land management in this country is being held up as a model to the world.
Members of three remote native communities are in Sydney, Australia, this week, where the World Parks Congress is holding its sixth international summit.