Indigenous-led conservation offers a path to global leadership and reconciliation
By Valerie Courtois & Steven Nitah
JANUARY 23, 2018 | THE STAR
From the pristine waters of the North French River in Ontario to the tree-lined shores of the Great Bear Lake in the Northwest Territories, Indigenous Nations are working to conserve the land.
Some are caring for the country’s iconic places, like Gwaii Haanas and the Torngat Mountains. And some are creating protected areas that will provide clean water, fresh air and abundant animals for generations to come.
Now, as Canada embarks on one of the biggest conservation initiatives in its history, Indigenous efforts to protect the land are taking on even greater significance.