Indigenous Guardians Pilot Program map

Programs funded though the Indigenous Guardians Pilot Program. They will provide Indigenous Peoples with greater opportunity to exercise responsibility in stewardship of their traditional lands, waters, and ice.

Year 1
Program title Proponent Description Location
Nlaka'pamux Guardians Program Citxw Nlaka'pamux Assembly The Nlaka’pamux Guardians are trained to provide regional coordination and support through a resource stewardship program, and work to establish a regional community-based monitoring system. Merritt, BC
Tseshaht - BeachKeeper Program Tseshaht First Nation This program provides training for Guardians who will serve as ambassadors for their traditional lands and culture. The Guardians serve to provide cultural interpretation, maintenance, cleaning, and wildlife monitoring within the Broken Group Islands. Port Alberni, BC
Kitchissippi Watershed Lake Trout Monitoring Project Algonquins of Ontario This project draws on traditional knowledge from Algonquin Elders and land-users to explore environmental changes observed over time Pembroke, ON
Community Based Monitoring Program Mikisew Cree First Nation This program combines Indigenous knowledge with scientific monitoring to observe changes to water quality and quantity, navigational safety, climate related winter conditions, and wild foods of concern. Fort Chipewyan, AB
Tribal Park Guardian Program Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation Tribal Park Guardians support the well-being of Tla-O-Qui-Aht peoples and the environment, through tribal park monitoring and enforcement, tourism guiding and management, and reconnecting people to the Territory. Tofino, BC
Pimachiowin Aki World Heritage Site - Land Guardians Pimachiowin Aki Corporationt The Lands Guardians program works closely with existing land users and contributes to Pimachiowin Aki’s core programs. It ensures that monitoring practices meet the requirements of its UNESCO World Heritage designation Winnipeg, MB
Coastal Guardian Watchmen Great Bear Initiative Society The Coastal Guardian Watchmen protect and manage the ecosystems that sustain their community and culture. They assist with the observation of environmental laws and regulations, and work to educate resource users and tourists. Vancouver, BC
Tahltan Community-Based Climate Change monitoring program Tahltan Central Government The Tahltan Community-Based Climate Change monitoring program addresses climate change concerns using woodland caribou seasonal movements and range use, climate data, and community and traditional knowledge. Dease Lake, BC
Natural Resources Aboriginal Fisheries Guardians Program Miawpukek First Nation Miawpukek Guardians monitor traditional salmon rivers and ponds, wildlife, plants, and species at risk. Education and peer learning between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, including with youth and Elders is emphasized. Conne River, NL
Collaborative community-based monitoring of climate change impacts on nearshore ecosystems to inform adaptive management on the Central Coast Central Coast Indigenous Resource Alliance This program focuses on training Guardians to monitor key near shore species and habitats critical to their food security, social, cultural, and economic well-being, and the associated climate change indicators that might be affecting them. Squamish, BC
Inuvik / Tuktoyaktuk community Fishery Plan Fisheries Joint Management Committee Junior and senior fish monitors from both communities patrol the highway between Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk to ensure that people traveling and fishing along the highway are aware of the community hunters and trappers fishery plan. Inuvik, NT
Fort Folly Habitat Recovery Fort Folly First Nation This program promotes the role of Indigenous peoples in evaluating ecosystem health and restoring species and their habitats. Fort Folly Indian Reserve No. 1, Frosty Hollow, NB
Taking Our Pulse Fort Nelson First Nation Elder-Youth Focused Monitoring Program Fort Nelson First Nation Elders share knowledge with youth in a monitoring program helping to establish a meaningful wildlife data baseline and track change in areas with high cultural and ecological value in their territory, as part of their overall tracking of - and targeted response to - climate change. Fort Nelson, BC
Monitoring Climate Change in Nitassinan: Learning to Adapt to an Uncertain Future Innu Nation This program covers several Innu protected areas across Nitassinan – the Innu traditional territory - and builds upon the establishment of the Akami-Uapishku, Mealy Mountains, and National Park Reserve. The program also seeks to expand Guardians activities, including combining traditional and Western knowledge, as well as empower Elder-youth engagement. Natuashish, NL
Watching the Land: Knowing the Impacts of Climate Change Kátå’odeeche First Nation This program builds technical capacity within the Kátå’odeeche First Nation specific to climate monitoring research and helps fund the climate monitoring component of the current Guardian program. Hay River, NT
Metis Youth Boreal Forest Stewardship Manitoba Métis Federation The Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) has started an innovative Metis Youth Boreal Stewardship program. It focuses on environmental and ecological renewal efforts that engage youth for education, training and employment. Winnipeg, MB
Developing a community-based Regional Guardians Program in Our Homelands Matawa First Nations Management This program developed and established a Regional Guardians Program created by the nine Matawa member First Nations to meet individual and collective environmental monitoring and land management needs. Thunder Bay, ON
Unama'ki Institute of Natural Resources/The Confederacy of Mainland Mi'kmaq Parks Guardian Program The Confederacy of Mainland Mi'kmaq This program enables Mi'kmaq communities to participate in resource management beyond their current roles in research and habitat enhancement. Truro, NS
Misipawistik Cree Nation Guardians Program Misipawistik Cree Nation This program helps the Misipawistik Cree Nation monitor the ecological health of, and manage, their lands. The program focuses on controlling overhunting and overfishing in the area by establishing a monitor and Guardian presence, including ice fishing over winter. Grand Rapids, MB
Mushegowuk Guardian Program Mushkegowuk Council This Guardians Program enables youth, Elders and harvesters to work with environmental stewards using traditional knowledge to collect information on climate change for mapping purposes. Moose Factory, ON
Keepers of the Land Sahtú Nę K’ǝ́dikǝ́ Sahtú Nę K’ǝ́dikǝ́ Guardians have increased their visible presence throughout their lands and monitor changes taking place on their lands. This program educates Guardians in the enforcement of Dene laws and codes, as well as maintenance of trails and camps. Tulita, NT
Tŝilhqot'in Nation pilot Indigenous Guardian program Tŝilhqot'in National Government This program expands a Guardians program into the Dasiqox Tribal Park to integrate the initiatives of the Tŝilhqot'in National Government and its communities. Williams Lake, BC
Resource Protection Program Walpole Island First Nation This program protects and patrols the traditional territory of Walpole Island First Nations, including traditional water, forests, marshes and wildlife, specifically conserving tallgrass prairie and medicines. It also takes action to enforce fishing and hunting permits and public safety while facilitating education and networking opportunities for potential Guardians. Walpole Island Walpole Island, Ontario
Programme des gardiens de les Nations Innues du Québec La Nation Innue
(site in French only)
This program covers all nine communities of the Innu Nations of Québec and establishes Indigenous Guardians in each community. The Guardians work to mitigate climate impacts and conserve traditional lands. Pessamit, QC
Community-based Monitoring of Climate Change Impacts on Water Quantity and Quality and Wind Resources Quatsino First Nation This comprehensive community-based climate monitoring program integrates scientifically robust climatic data and indigenous knowledge into land use planning processes. One of the main goals is to better inform Quatsino Nation’s community adaptation actions for future land use planning and policy development initiatives. Coal Harbour, BC
Dane nan yḗ dāh Land Guardian Program Dena Kayeh Institute This program establishes baseline water monitoring sites to be identified in 5-10 priority water bodies within the Liard river watershed. Training and education initiatives increases the capacity of their current members to assist in land and resource decision making. Lower Post, BC
Inuit Marine Monitoring Program Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. This pilot project aims to collect information about vessel traffic in key areas around Nunavut to inform the public about the effect it has on Arctic waters and wildlife. Iqaluit, NU
Youth Leadership Program Nunatsiavut Government This project will reinvigorate a student program and allow participants to learn from Guardians and monitor existing environmental stressors, observe changes to the natural environment and actions to conserve their traditional territory. Nain, NL
Year 2
Program title Proponent Description Location
Askîy Métis Nation of Alberta This project continues to support the pilot program initiative to identify and monitor environmental indicators on culturally important and sensitive areas for Alberta Métis. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Supporting Metis Guardians to protect the land and waters in British Columbia Métis Nation – British Columbia This project supports programs on the land that have been identified as key initiatives. These may include habitat/species monitoring, habitat enhancement, and programs connecting youth and Elders to the land. The project aims to share knowledge through a gathering to bring everyone together to discuss the guardians programs, highlight past years, and identify next steps. Surrey, BC, Canada
Metis Youth Boreal Forest Stewardship Project Manitoba Métis Federation This project continues the development of the Metis Youth Boreal Forest Stewardship initiative. The initiative focuses on environmental protection and preservation through hands-on learning. This equips youth to address climate change impacts. Winnipeg, MB, Canada
The Métis Lands and Waters Guardians Project Métis Nation of Ontario This project trains Métis youth alongside Métis knowledge holders and land users to conduct land and water environmental monitoring techniques that bridge STEM methodologies with Métis traditional knowledge and land use practices. Ottawa, ON, Canada
MN-S Indigenous Guardian Project Métis Nation – Saskatchewan This project creates procedures for communication and engagement, and defines duty to consult for partnerships with proponents, regulators, and the Crown. It sets up community monitoring systems by training local monitors to look into areas of concern and/or data gaps. It also updates community emergency response projects, and trains Métis Nation and Saskatchewan citizens in emergency response. Saskatoon, SK, Canada
Scia’new Guardian Project Beecher Bay First Nation This project allows for long term species monitoring and the development of long-term monitoring projects for marine life in their traditional lands and waters Sooke, British Columbia, Canada
Dene Tha' Guardian Project Dene Tha' First Nation This project supports current monitoring efforts to help set goals and ensure the effective management of Dene Tha’ lands and waters. Chateh, Alberta, Canada
Nation Crie de Eastmain Cree Nation Government This project aims to help the community be more proactive in managing their territory, develop local capacity, expand traditional knowledge, and have more influence on new industrial developments. Nemaska, Quebec, Canada
Mistawasis Nêhiyawak Guardians Project Mistawasis Nêhiyawak This project helps conserve a dwindling population of free roaming plains bison: the Sturgeon River Plains bison herd, which uses private lands and the southwest corner of the Prince Albert National Park. Leask, Saskatchewan, Canada
P'egp'ig'lha Guardian Program P'egp'ig'lha Guardian Program This project gathers information on the human impact in the Northern St’át’imc area to help guide governance decision-making. It also identifies the key environmental issues in the territory so that decisions are made based on what is happening on the ground. It also informs local organizations and tourists about T’ít’q’et’s responsibilities to the land. Lillooet, British Columbia, Canada
Southern Dakelh Guardians Project Southern Dakelh Nation Alliance This project establishes systems for the communities to collect data in a way that is more meaningful to Indigenous priorities. This is done by collecting environmental data for a better understanding of traditional resources, as well as research projects. The project also serves to strengthen ties between the four nation members: Nazko, Lhtako Dene, Lhoosk'uz Dene, and the Ulkatcho. Williams Lake, British Columbia, Canada
Tataskweyak Cree Nation Guardians Project Tataskweyak Cree Nation This project aims to support the Nation's assertion of their treaty rights and title, and ensures health and security for their land, water and people. This project results in education, employment opportunities and renewed relationship between TCN people and their land. Split Lake, Manitoba, Canada
Upper Similkameen Guardians Project Upper Similkameen Indian Band This project protects the lands, the siwɬkw (water) and the animals through the collection of information. It allows the Upper Similkameen Indian Band the opportunity to launch projects that offer meaningful data collection, combined with Indigenous knowledge. Hedley, British Columbia, Canada
Weenusk Guardians Project Weenusk First Nation This project builds the Weenusk First Nation community’s capacity to monitor, analyze, and determine what happens within their traditional lands in relation to the flora, fauna, and resources. Peawanuck, Ontario, Canada
Yellowknives Dene Guardians Project Yellowknives Dene First Nation This project allows for more formal stewardship activities over the Yellowknives Dene First Nation traditional lands. This will help ensure that the environmental impacts of human activities are sustainable and preserve the social, cultural, and ecological relationships they have maintained with their environment for millennia. Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada
Fort Nelson First Nation Guardian project Fort Nelson First Nation This project increases understanding and timely response to ecological change and its causes. It allows for informed decision-making about human activities and land use in the Fort Nelson First Nation territory; and empowers the next generation of leaders and stewards. Fort Nelson, British Columbia, Canada
Gitanyow Lax’yip Guardians Gitanyow Huwilp Society This project employs more Gitanyow people as guardians of their territory while developing their skills, education and capacity in enforcement, environmental monitoring and restoration. Kitwanga, British Columbia, Canada
Nahendeh Kehotsendi Kátł’odeeche First Nation This project establishes a land monitoring project, based on traditional knowledge and experience. However, it uses contemporary technology and techniques as required. This will help develop a knowledge base that can be used to guide land management decisions by the Kátł’odeeche First Nation and other governments. Hay River, Northwest Territories, Canada
Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg Aki Sibi Guardian Initiative Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg This project monitors all activities and overall health of the territories, including baseline data, and follow-up. It also aims to transfer knowledge between the generations; and increase capacity in the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg community through training and education. Maniwaki, Québec, Canada
Anishinabek Traditional Ecological Guardians of Georgian Bay Magnetawan First Nation This project continues long-term monitoring studies of vulnerable Species at Risk. It also monitors the impacts of climate change on the habitats within the UNESCO designated biosphere reserve in which the Magnetawan First Nation is located. Magnetawan First Nation, Ontario, Canada
Mikisew Cree First Nation Guardian project Mikisew Cree First Nation This project provides culturally based educational opportunities for youth and Elders to come together. It also provides information to assist the Mikisew Cree First Nation in stewarding their land. It informs their position in using a process that includes land management policies. Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada
Xaxli’p Range Riders Xaxli'p Community Forest Corporation This project demonstrates Xaxli’p authority over their territory through use and occupancy. It protects the land through regular range patrols involving the community; and educating youth on their way of life, and special projects. Lillooet, British Columbia, Canada
Coastal Stewardship Network Great Bear Initiative Society The Network improves the capacity of First Nations to create land and marine plans and agreements. It also improves the capacity of stewardship offices in strategic and operational aspects of resource management; and increases First Nation stewardship authority. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Four Rivers Regional Guardians Network Matawa First Nations Management The Network builds community capacity to empower Matawa First Nations to actively manage their homelands and traditional territories through a network of community environmental monitors. These monitors are the eyes and ears on the lands and waters. Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
Pimachiowin Aki World Heritage Site Guardians Network Pimachiowin Aki Corporation This project uses the strategy set out in Pimachiowin Aki management plans, including protection of biodiversity and imperiled species and places, local economic development, and Elders and youth working together. It also includes the recovery of Pimachiowin Aki cultural tradition of caring for the land, and compliance with laws for moose hunting, fishing, cabin construction, litter control, wild rice growing and harvesting, and protection and preservation of sacred sites. Winnipeg, MB, Canada
Nę K'ǝ́dı́Ke - Keepers of the Land Network Sahtú Dene Council This project contributes to health, economic development, expanded employment, food security, local and regional governance, reconciliation, and cultural and spiritual integrity for Sahtú Dene Nations. Délı̨ne, Northwest Territories, Canada
Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Land Guardian Network Unama'ki Institute of Natural Resources This project expands on the existing community Guardian project network, which has been largely restricted to fisheries management. It provides a more holistic management approach that is more in-line with traditional First Nations management practices. Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
Munaqsi Community Based Monitoring Project Inuvialuit Regional Corporation This project uses local traditional knowledge to better understand harvesting patterns. Guardians funding will allow Inuvialuit monitors to monitor year-round and collect data on land hazards by working with local community monitors and community members. Inuvik, NWT, Canada
Nunavik Guardians Project Makivik Corporation This project prioritizes the development of tools to ensure an organised approach to data collection by the Guardians (e.g. booklets, questionnaires, photo-references, etc.). This toolkit is developed in partnership between Makivik Corporation (including the Nunavik Research Center) and the Kativik Regional Government. Nunavik, Quebec, Canada
Hebron Ambassador Project and Nain Conservation Officers Nunatsiavut Government This project conducts economic activities and training, cultural revitalization and management, Inuit engagement in conservation of biodiversity and community capacity building. Nain, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Supporting community engagement and capacity for the long-term monitoring and management of fish resources Kugluktuk Angoniatit Association Hunters and Trappers Organization This project employs Guardians to ensure the increase in capacity for long-term species monitoring. It also helps develop long-term monitoring projects for important traditional subsistence food resources. Kugluktuk, Nunavut, Canada
Community Monitoring of Caribou Qikiqtaaluk Wildlife Board This project aims to influence decisions to conserve caribou in Qikiqtaaluk Region, while respecting Inuit values. Members in Inuit communities will be hired and trained as Caribou Guardians to interview local elders and hunters for their traditional knowledge. Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada
Ujjiqsuiniq Young Hunters Project Aqqiumavvik Society This project hires and trains Guardians to collect data to better understand the impacts of climate change on wildlife populations. They train youth, and through them, community members in data analysis in order to plan for a sustainable future. Arviat, Nunavut, Canada
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