March 12-13, 2019
Vancouver, BC

“If we take care of the land, it will take care of us.”

More than 300 First Nations guardians, leaders and partners are gathering in Vancouver to discuss the next steps in creating a national guardians network.

Guardians serve as the “moccasins and mukluks” on the ground for their communities. Drawing on traditional knowledge and science, they manage protected areas, monitor development projects and restore animals and plants.

There are over 40 guardians programs caring for lands across the country. A national guardians network will support their work and empower more communities to launch their own programs.

The First Nations’ National Guardians Gathering 2019 will explore next steps in this process. The event is hosted by the Indigenous Leadership Initiative, the British Columbia Assembly of First Nations and Environment and Climate Change Canada.



The livestream has concluded; video segments of the gathering will be available online in the next week.

Our Voices

This is an exciting time as the network takes shape. Read the latest in Valérie Courtois’s post in Our Voices.


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