Government Commitments: Environment

Exploring Theme: "Indigenous Conservation Areas"

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June 25, 2024

First Nations, Ottawa, B.C., announce $335M for protection off Great Bear coast

A Kermode bear, also known as the Spirit Bear, fishes in the Riordan River on Gribbell Island in the Great Bear Rainforest, B.C. Wednesday, Sept, 18, 2013. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Ottawa is working with 17 First Nations in British Columbia as well as the provincial government to expand protection for marine ecosystems off...

June 19, 2024

Governments in Yukon sign deal to protect massive conservation area

The Inuvialuit and the federal and Yukon governments signed a new conservation agreement to ensure greater protections for almost 850,000 hectares of the territory’s northeast coast. APTN News: The new agreement – which also includes the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, Inuvialuit Game Council, Aklavik Hunters and Trappers Committee and Aklavik Community Corporation – focuses on the...

May 31, 2024

Mapping the Growth of Indigenous Marine Protected and Conserved Areas

First Nations are managing their coastal territories in response to colonization. A Tyee list of stories from 10 news outlets explains how. Pippa Norman is a journalist based in Vancouver, whose work has been nominated for a National Newspaper Award and a Canadian Association of Journalists award. The following stories by 10 news outlets were funded...

April 25, 2024

Study underway to consider whether Peel watershed in Yukon becomes national park

‘This is a great opportunity for us all to ensure that those lands are respected and protected,’ says grand chief APTN News: The Peel watershed may soon be the home of a new national park. The watershed spans 74,000 square kilometres, from its headwaters in the Yukon to its confluence with the Mackenzie River near Fort...

March 19, 2024

Historic Indigenous-Led Conservation Agreement for Northwest Territories Nears Completion in Canada

Long-term funding will secure large-scale protection for people and nature First Peoples Law Report: PEW Charitable Trusts – At 135 million hectares—nearly the size of Alaska—the Northwest Territories (NWT) in Canada is the second largest territory in the world’s second largest country. And it is here that 23 Indigenous governments—80% of those in the territory—have...

March 15, 2024

Nunatsiavut Government and Government of Canada take major step forward toward establishing Inuit Protected Area along the northern coast of Labrador

NationTalk: Parks Canada – Parks Canada is committed to a system of national heritage places that recognizes and honours the historic and contemporary contributions of Indigenous peoples, their histories, and cultures, as well as the special relationships Indigenous peoples have with ancestral lands, waters, and ice. Today, Johannes Lampe, President of Nunatsiavut, and the Honourable...

February 23, 2024

The struggle to trust while conserving nature in the North

First Nation leadership took their turns to tell stories and voice their concerns and hopes for the proposed marine conservation area on the James Bay coastline. Photo by Matteo Cimellaro / Canada’s National Observer Listen to article Canada’s National Observer: Around 100 people gathered this week in the Kashechewan First Nation High School gym to celebrate...

January 18, 2024

Manitoba First Nations, governments sign deal to study protection of pristine Seal River watershed

Feasibility study could pave way for untouched land become a national park reserve, federal minister says  CBC News: Representatives from Indigenous communities in Manitoba say they’re proud to lead the way in protecting one of the few large untouched stretches of land in Canada. The Manitoba and federal governments and the Indigenous-led Seal River Watershed Alliance have signed...

September 28, 2023

International Recognition for the Protection of the Magpie River

NationTalk: EKUANITSHIT, QC, HAVRE-SAINT-PIERRE, QC and MONTREAL, Sept. 28, 2023  – The Muteshekau-shipu Alliance is pleased to announce that the Magpie River has been registered as an Indigenous and Community Conserved Area (ICCA), an internationally recognized status for the conservation of Indigenous territory. It is the first territory in Canada to achieve ICCA status, the result of an initiative announced...

June 22, 2023

How First Nations Are Asserting Sovereignty Over Their Lands and Waters

Indigenous Marine Protected and Conserved Areas hold a key to food security and balancing ecological and economic priorities. Part one of two. Michelle Gamage YesterdayThe Tyee Michelle Gamage is The Tyee’s health reporter. Previously, she covered climate and environment for The Tyee as a freelance journalist. The Tyee: The spring herring spawn is unfolding in Kitasu...

March 31, 2023

‘It is so beautiful’: rare inland rainforest in B.C. declared Indigenous protected area

In a race to conserve the largest intact, unprotected watershed in southern B.C., the Simpcw First Nation unilaterally declared the creation of a new protected area under Indigenous law — a move that could put an end to logging plans The Narwhal: PUBLISHED BY Sarah Cox Sarah Cox is an award-winning journalist and author based in...

February 3, 2023

Government of Canada advancing on goal of creating 10 new national marine conservation areas with new policy direction

NationTalk: Canada’s coastline is as long as six trips around the earth. Marine waters in Canada are vast, home to countless species and relied upon by thousands of coastal communities to work, live and play. With a target of protecting 30 percent of lands and waters by 2030, Canada must take bold action to ensure...

January 24, 2023

First Nation declares protected area in northern B.C.’s Taku River watershed

Taku River Tlingit declare Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area, according to Tlingit law NationTalk: The Taku River Tlingit First Nation in Atlin, B.C., has declared a vast swath of its traditional territory in northern B.C. off-limits to mining and other extractive-resource development. The First Nation has named the 1.8-million hectare Taku River watershed an Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area...

November 8, 2022

West Coast First Nations, feds reach tentative understanding on vast offshore region

Leadership mulls deal for proposed Marine Protected Area off Vancouver Island NationTalk: Tofino-Ucluelet Westerly News – Off the west coast of Vancouver Island is an area spanning 133, 019 square kilometres characterized by deep sea hydrothermal vents and seamounts surrounded by vibrant coastal ecosystems. Identified by authorities as the ‘Offshore Pacific Area of Interest’ and...

September 29, 2022

The Government of Canada invests in partnership with Indigenous Peoples in the next phase of the Oceans Protection Plan

Transport Canada:Indigenous Peoples and coastal communities have had traditional and cultural ties with Canada’s oceans and waterways for generations. The next phase of Canada’s Oceans Protection Plan will continue to build on opportunities for Indigenous Peoples and coastal communities to collaboratively protect, preserve, and restore our oceans and waterways. Today, the Minister of Transport, the...

September 22, 2022

Up to $40 million in Indigenous-led area-based conservation funding now available

Environment and Climate Change Canada: Indigenous Peoples in Canada have long been environmental stewards on land, ice, and water and are the original leaders in sustainable development and natural resource management. That is why the Government of Canada is committed to working in partnership with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis to support Indigenous leadership in...

September 20, 2022

Indigenous conservation is key to protecting wilderness in Canada, report says

Globe and Mail: Indigenous-managed conservation areas are key to Canada’s pledge to designate nearly one third of its land and ocean waters for biodiversity protection by the end of this decade, according to a new report. The report from World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Canada stresses that protected areas should be “co-developed and implemented with Indigenous...

June 22, 2022

New Gitdisdzu Lugyeks (Kitasu Bay) Marine Protected Area

Kitasoo Xai’xais Territory, Klemtu, BC – Coastal First Nations are unified and resolved to move forward together to implement the Marine Protected Area (MPA) Network. In the spirit of collaboration we celebrate the announcement of the new Gitdisdzu Lugyeks (Kitasu Bay) Marine Protected Area. The Gitdisdzu Lugyeks (Kitasu Bay) MPA is a robust science-based management...

February 23, 2022

Other Indigenous Protected Areas

Three IPCAs have been established since 2018: Ts’udé Nilįné Tueyata, Edéhzhíe, and Thaidene Nëné in the Northwest Territories. The Indigenous Leadership Initiative served as partners in these projects. We also work with 23 of the 27 Nations whose proposals received support from the federal Nature Fund, a $175 million investment in creating new protected areas....

March 28, 2018

We Rise Together – Achieving Pathway to Canada Target 1

The Indigenous Circle of Experts (ICE) – was created as part of the Pathway to Canada Target 1 to develop a report providing advice to federal, provincial, territorial and Indigenous governments on how to achieve Canada Target 1 through the appropriate recognition of Indigenous leadership and knowledge systems in the conservation of the land and water....

July 10, 2005

The Edéhzhíe Protected Area

Funding for the establishment and management of the Indigenous protected area over the first few years will be provided by the Canada Nature Fund. Budget 2018 set aside a $500 million investment to create a $1 billion nature fund in partnership with corporate, not-for-profit, provincial, territorial, and other partners. The Edéhzhíe Protected Area is the...

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