Indigenous-led Conservation

The Boreal Forest is home to more than 600 Indigenous communities, and Indigenous governments are caring for large boreal landscapes—from the Innu Nation working to restore caribou herds in Labrador to the Deline First Nation protecting the unpolluted waters of Great Bear Lake in the Northwest Territories.

Communities draw on several tools to manage the land, and many Indigenous governments have taken a leadership role in creating national parks, tribal parks, wildlife areas and other protected areas.

Managing traditional territories helps Indigenous communities honour their responsibility to the land. It also helps sustain clean water, fresh air and abundant wildlife across the Boreal Forest.


Land Use Planning

Indigenous communities have been caring for the Boreal Forest for thousands of years based on their knowledge of the land and cultural traditions. Read more >



Indigenous Guardians

About 30 Indigenous Nations and communities have launched Indigenous Guardians programs to help manage traditional territories. Read more >


Indigenous Protected Areas

Indigenous Nations are proposing, creating and managing protected areas across the Boreal Forest. Read more >