A new report on Indigenous Conservation Agreements from MakeWay and The Firelight Group – available in English and Inuktitut – scans six conservation agreements to identify best practices, challenges, and implications for the future. A webinar will be held on May 11th with Steven Nitah, Shanna MacDonald, and Kunuk Inutiq to discuss: registration information can be found on this page.

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For some, the Arctic is considered the final frontier. It’s a place to explore and conquer. It’s a place filled with mystery and promise of more resources to extract and sell. For those of us who live here, our lands and waters are an extension of our family, a member of our community. We are in close relationships with the beings that inhabit this place, we interact and learn from our environment daily. It has been this way for countless generations, but external pressures are impacting the pristine quality of our land and water. Over thousands of years, we have sustainably utilized resources we have sourced from our environment. In the last two hundred years, our perceived need for development and extraction of resources has critically damaged the earth and degraded our ecosystems. In the north,...

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This article was originally written by Jimmy Thomson for The Narwhal. It was published on June 26th, 2020. As the federal government crafts its COVID-19 economic recovery plan, Indigenous leaders argue investments in guardian programs can create thousands of jobs, while protecting the land and healing communities. Indigenous guardians have been on the front lines of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic in their communities: they’ve been monitoring who is entering their communities, delivering groceries and firewood to Elders and carrying on field research when outside scientists couldn’t travel. Now, as the country enters its recovery, some are calling for guardians — who monitor the land and water — to play an even bigger role. “We know that recovery in this country is going to be oriented toward maintaining and hopefully creating jobs,” says Valérie Courtois, director of the...

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