Indigenous Leadership Initiative: Guardian programs

February 23, 2022

Indigenous Leadership Initiative (ILI) website – ILI founded in 2013 to help strengthen Indigenous nationhood and fulfill Indigenous cultural responsibilities to the land. Indigenous-led Guardians programs empower communities to manage ancestral lands according to traditional laws and values. Guardians are employed as the “eyes on the ground” in Indigenous territories. They monitor ecological health, maintain cultural sites and protect sensitive areas and species. They play a vital role in creating land-use and marine-use plans. And they promote intergenerational sharing of Indigenous knowledge—helping train the next generation of educators, ministers and nation builders. Over 40 Indigenous Nations and communities in Canada have launched Guardians programs.