UN Biodiversity Reports Calls for Greater Role for Indigenous Peoples

The United Nations released two major reports recognizing the leadership of Indigenous Peoples in sustaining our planet. The reports look at the fragile state of nature. Together they illustrate what place-based peoples have known all along: everything is interrelated. If we burn through natural resources, we undermine our own futures....

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New Pride and Healing a Year After Thaidene Nëné Indigenous Protected Area Created

One year ago, the Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation signed an agreement with the Governments of Canada and Northwest Territories to protect 26,376 square kilometres known as the Thaidene Nëné Indigenous Protected Area. We have been busy ever since. The Nation has hired Indigenous Guardians to monitor the area, and…...

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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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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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New Indigenous Protected Area Respects People & the Land

About 115 miles northeast of Yellowknife, the Łutsël K’e Dene First Nation has led the creation of one of the biggest protected areas in the country. The Dene who now call Lutsel’Ke home have survived on these lands for thousands of years. The area unfolds along the eastern shores of…...

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National Guardians Gathering Celebrates Indigenous-led Conservation

Indigenous Guardians are caring for the land across the country. They are restoring animals and plants and managing protected areas. They are combining traditional knowledge and science and bringing youth and elders together. They serve as the “moccasins and mukluks” on the ground for communities, and their work helps conserve…...

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What Indigenous Rangers from Australia Can Share with Canada

A delegation of Indigenous land managers from Warddeken and other regions are traveling to Canada to talk about the transformative power of well-supported Indigenous-led conservation. This exchange is taking place at a crucial time....

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Dehcho First Nations Create Indigenous Protected Area & Bring Canada Closer to Conservation Goal

A sweeping stretch of black spruce, headwater lakes and caribou grounds west of Yellowknife has gained new protections thanks to the leadership of the Dehcho First Nations. The Dehcho passed a Dene law to create the Edéhzhíe Protected Area in July. And this week, Dehcho leaders held a signing ceremony…...

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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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