Indigenous Nations Secure UNESCO World Heritage Site Listing in Heart of Boreal

North of Winnipeg and east across the border of Manitoba and Ontario, an expanse of boreal forest unfolds over tens of thousands of kilometres. Home to herds of woodland caribou, chains of crystal clear lakes and wetlands full of birds, it is called Pimachiowin Aki—the Land that Gives Life....

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Land Use Planning in Action

Before people build a house, they draft blueprints that determine how the house will be laid out and how the family will live in the home with their children and grandchildren. Land use plans play a similar role. They help communities envision how they will live on the land for…...

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Building a National Network to Support Indigenous Guardians as Stewards on the Land

In about 30 First Nations across the country, Indigenous Guardians help care for the land and water. They act as the “eyes and ears” for their communities, paying attention to the health of animals, testing water quality, monitoring industrial development, and welcoming visitors to protected areas. “We are here protecting…...

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Federal Investment in Indigenous Conservation Delivers Major Benefits

As Canada works to protect at least 17 percent of lands by 2020, it can look to Australia for a proven model of partnership with Indigenous Peoples. Australia has announced it will invest an added $250 million AUD to support Indigenous Rangers who help manage the country’s natural heritage—including a…...

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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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Indigenous Conservation in Action

Indigenous governments are caring for the land across the country. Many have embraced land use planning as a tool for determining what lands they want to protect and where they will allow development. Indigenous land use plans have already resulted in the creation of national parks, tribal parks and wildlife…...

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Seven Indigenous Nations Put Forth New Model to Conserve Caribou

The Innu are caribou people. Our food, language, stories and traditions are shaped by the caribou, and our elders carry generations’ worth of knowledge about the herds. Yet in recent years, we watched the size of the George River Herd plummet from at least 770,000 in 1993 to less than…...

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Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Supports Indigenous Guardians

Guardians help Indigenous Nations care for the land, as is their sacred responsibility. They enforce both Indigenous and Crown laws. They study wildlife, test water quality and monitor industrial projects like mines, forestry and commercial fisheries. They manage Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas and implement Indigenous land use plans. And…...

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New Video Spotlights Indigenous Guardians’ Leadership on the Land

Indigenous Guardians help communities manage traditional territories. They draft land use plans, study wildlife and monitor development. They also honour Elders’ knowledge and connect youth to their culture. In this short video, Indigenous Guardians talk about their work as stewards of the land....

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Indigenous-Led Conservation Plays Pivotal Role at Parks Conference

High in the granite peaks and glacier valleys of the Rocky Mountains, Canada established its first national park in 1885. Government officials called it Banff after a district in Scotland, but the Assiniboine, Kootenays, Blackfoot and other Indigenous Peoples who were removed to create the park have their own names…...

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