Across the country, Indigenous Nations are creating Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas.
We are conserving places that matter to our cultures and to the health of the larger world. Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas help us be who we are: caribou people conserve caribou ranges. Salmon people protect salmon watersheds. They reflect our laws and traditions. And they ensure Indigenous Peoples can maintain our relationship with these lands.
Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas are often created in partnership with Crown governments, and some may be designated as tribal parks, national or territorial parks, or national wildlife areas. But Indigenous governments play the primary role in identifying and managing the land.
We hold the pen when lines are drawn on the map, we sit at the table when decisions are made, and we are on the ground taking care of lands and waters.
Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas honour the relationship between people and land. Indigenous Nations don’t designate a place as protected and leave it unattended. We recognize that forests, wetlands, moose habitat and songbird nesting grounds benefit from sustained, respectful management.
Indigenous Guardians provide that on-going management and stewardship.