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.

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 Tsilhqot'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 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
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