Antje Rilk

New Report Shows Indigenous Guardians Programs Are Good for the Land & People

Summer is a busy time for Indigenous Guardians. Along the eastern shores of Great Slave Lake, the Ni Hat’ni Dene Guardians are testing water quality in wetlands where tens of thousands of migratory birds are raising their young. In the forests of northern BC, Yunesit’ni land guardians are working on…...

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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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Building Back Better: Indigenous Stewardship Key to More Resilient Economy

Forests managed by Indigenous Nations have a pivotal role to play in helping Canada build a more sustainable economy in the wake of the pandemic. These forests capture and store vast amounts of carbon. The Great Bear Lake watershed alone—managed by the Sahtúgot’ine Dene in the Northwest Territories—holds the equivalent…...

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A Tool for Sharing Knowledge of Indigenous-Led Conservation

By Frank Brown I grew up learning to fish from my Heiltsuk knowledge keepers and elders. I saw elder fishers build kelp gardens to harvest herring roe; if the roe wasn’t at least four or five layers thick on the kelp, they left it in the water so the herring…...

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