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Prime Minister Confirms Vital Role of Indigenous Nations in Achieving Nature Conservation Goals

Ottawa: Monday September 28, 2020: At a leader’s forum on nature and people earlier today, Prime Minister Trudeau emphasized the importance of partnerships with Indigenous Peoples in meeting Canada’s conservation goals.

Frank Brown, senior leader with the Indigenous Leadership Initiative, made the following statement:

“We welcome the Prime Minister’s comments this morning, which emphasize the central role of Indigenous-led conservation in helping Canada achieve its nature and climate goals. Respecting this leadership will also advance reconciliation and build a more equitable and sustainable future.”

“Much of the recent progress in conserving lands—including forests and wetlands that store massive amounts of carbon—has come from Indigenous Nations. And the biggest proposals for creating new protected areas are Indigenous-led. Meanwhile, Indigenous Guardians are managing lands and conducting research on climate impacts and species restoration across the country.”

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“These are viable solutions for addressing some of the biggest challenges of our time. Canada has already made initial investments in Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas and Indigenous Guardians. And together, so much more is possible.”

“Now, by placing Indigenous-led conservation at the heart of its approach to protecting both nature and climate, Canada can lead the world in promoting a new model of ethical conservation—one rooted in respect, responsibility, and reconciliation.”

Media Contact: Sean Durkan: (613-851-2151)


The Indigenous Leadership Initiative is a network dedicated to supporting Indigenous Nations in honouring the cultural responsibility to lands and fostering Indigenous Nationhood. It works with dozens of First Nations to support their stewardship.