STATEMENT: Ministers’ Meeting Builds Momentum on Conservation, Indigenous Peoples Ready to Partner

From the Sahtu in the Northwest Territories to the Misipawistik Cree Nation in Manitoba, First Nations are moving forward on conservation....

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STATEMENT: Pimachiowin Aki listing as World Heritage Site would be cause for celebration for Indigenous Peoples and all Canadians

The acceptance of Pimachiowin Aki this summer as an Indigenous-led World Heritage Site would be a major inspiration in the drive to partner with Indigenous peoples to protect at least 17% of Canada’s land by 2020, says Valérie Courtois, Director of the Indigenous Leadership Initiative (ILI)....

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RELEASE: Pimachiowin Aki recommended for World Heritage Site listing

Pimachiowin Aki has received the two key recommendations needed to be added to the World Heritage Site list. These recommendations are from the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which are the main advisory bodies to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee. A decision will be made at the 42nd session of the World Heritage Committee to be held in Manama, Bahrain from June 24 to July 4, 2018.

Pimachiowin Aki has agreed to share their official press release on this website. Open the link below to view it.

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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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How Indigenous Peoples Are Changing the Way Canada Thinks About Conservation

From the historic agreement that created the Great Bear Rainforest to B.C.’s Dasiqox Tribal Park to uniquely co-managed forest resources in Labrador, Indigenous-led conservation efforts are transforming the way Canadians understand and practice conservation.

Far from the colonial idea of preserving natural landscapes from human incursion, Indigenous land use plans put sustainable human-nature relationships that seek to revitalize traditional cultural practices at the centre.

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Ottawa’s conservation plan puts Indigenous people in charge of protecting land

The federal government will ask Indigenous people to take on the job of protecting vast regions of Canadian wilderness after this week’s budget promised “historic” investments in nature conservation.

Environmentalists, who praise Ottawa’s decision to spend more than a billion dollars to meet the country’s international biodiversity targets, say the Inuit, the Métis and the First Nations are eager to accept the official role of stewards of the land.

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Whales, wings and wetlands, oh my: Feds boost conservation funding in budget

The call of the wild is echoing through Tuesday’s federal budget, which some environmental groups are calling a “game changer” for nature conservation across Canada.

The Liberals have earmarked $1.3 billion over five years to expand protected areas and help endangered and threatened species — a move that reflects its pledge to safeguard at least 17 per cent of Canada’s land and inland waters by 2020.

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From the highest of highs to the lowest of lows, here’s the buzz on Budget 2018

Finance Minister Bill Morneau tabled a brand new federal budget on Tuesday, one he believes will tackle inequality in Canada, “double down” on investments for the middle class, and in general, “put people first.”

Budget 2018, Equality + Growth: A Strong Middle Class, was presented in the House of Commons around 4 p.m. Eastern, where it was jeered by Opposition Conservative MPs and applauded by the ruling Liberals.

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Federal Budget Panel (Audio)

Empowering women, closing the indigenous gap and tackling environmental threats are just some of the areas tackled in this years Federal budget.

(ILI’s Valerie Courtois speaks at 06:20)

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RELEASE: Budget 2018 proposes $1.3 billion for conservation; points to importance of Indigenous partnerships in reaching conservation goals

The Government of Canada has made a major investment in protecting Canada’s natural riches for future generations. The 2018 federal budget includes a historic $1.3 billion allocation to meet Canada’s international commitment to protect 17 per cent of its lands and 10 percent of waters by 2020 and points to the…...

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