Indigenous leadership and funding

Indigenous peoples and their ancestors have long been stewards and managers of the land and waters, and leaders in ecosystem conservation in Canada.  Indigenous peoples are key partners in conserving and protecting nature and have unique perspectives, knowledge, rights and responsibilities that can inspire others and improve conservation outcomes.

Canada’s domestic and international biodiversity goals can only be achieved in collaboration with Indigenous peoples, governments and stakeholders. These goals include conserving at least 17% of our land and freshwater by the end of 2020, and species at risk recovery. The leadership and guidance of Indigenous peoples is needed to achieve these goals.

On this page, you will find links to funding opportunities for Indigenous conservation projects, as well as information on collaborative initiatives and stories from Indigenous peoples that are leaders in conservation and protection.

Key funding and supporting initiatives

Canada Nature Fund and Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas

Indigenous organizations and governments can apply for funds to support the creation of Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas through the Challenge component of the Canada Nature Fund. Expressions of Interest are open until January 31, 2019. The deadline for submission of the formal proposal is March 15, 2019.

Indigenous Guardians Pilot Initiative

Opportunities for Indigenous peoples to exercise greater responsibility in on-the-ground stewardship of their traditional lands, waters, and ice.

Aboriginal Funds for Terrestrial and Aquatic Species at Risk

Indigenous peoples and Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge (ATK) play a key role in wildlife conservation. These funds support Indigenous capacity with respect to species at risk. They also fund projects that prevent other species from becoming a conservation concern.

Indigenous Circle of Experts

Conservation experts from across Canada collaborated and provided recommendations and guidance to federal, provincial and territorial Ministers on how to achieve the goals of the Pathway to Canada Target 1 through the creation of Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas in the spirit and practice of reconciliation.. See the report We rise together.

National Aboriginal Council on Species at Risk

Advising the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada on implementing the administration of the Species at Risk Act and providing advice and recommendations to the Canadian Endangered Species Conservation Council.                                                                                                                             

Related links

Indigenous protected and conserved area videos

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