Indigenous Peoples (Finally) Have Equal Voice in Canada’s Conservation Efforts

Something very special is happening in Canada in the area of conservation – the convergence of indigenous stewardship and reconciliation. The indigenous peoples have taken a seat at the table with an equal voice to protect cultures intricately entwined with nature.
— By Donna Chan

In Canada, discussions concerning conservation always include reference to Target 1, found in “The 2020 Biodiversity Goals and Targets for Canada.” Target 1 says, “By 2020, at least 17 percent of terrestrial areas and inland water, and 10 percent of marine and coastal areas of Canada are conserved through networks of protected areas and other effective area-based measures.”

At the same time, the Canadian government is working toward reconciliation with indigenous peoples, and reconciliation includes addressing indigenous ownership and management of lands, and conservation of lands and biodiversity through indigenous stewardship beliefs.

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