Canada’s vast boreal forest is the world’s largest intact forest ecosystem. It reaches from coast to coast, touching almost every province and territory in Canada.
Importantly, these 270 million hectares are the traditional territories of over 600 First Nations, Inuit and Metis communities.
These traditional territories have been significantly disturbed by industrial pressure like logging, oil-and-gas and mining activities. In many instances, the cumulative impacts of industrial activities have impaired or abolished the rights of Indigenous peoples to carry out their traditional livelihoods
This needs to change.
Establishing Indigenous-led protected areas — tribal protected areas, or tribal parks — is one way in which Indigenous communities are reclaiming what they see as their deep-rooted relationship to the land.
Tribal parks are conservation areas envisioned, declared and managed by Indigenous peoples. They are also a means for Indigenous communities to assert their responsibilities and rights to steward and manage their lands and resources.
We support Indigenous‐led conservation activities in the boreal, including establishing tribal protected areas, to ensure these areas are conserved to support healthy wildlife populations and the traditional livelihoods of Indigenous peoples in Canada.
We do this by:
- Working alongside Indigenous communities to establish tribal parks.
- Addressing community-level initiatives in communities where we have existing relationships.
- Sharing each other’s expertise in policy, science and traditional ecological knowledge.
- Amplifying Indigenous voices through outreach.
- Participating in ongoing government relations.