Land Governance: Canada’s colonial history

Globally, Indigenous Peoples comprise less than five per cent of the world’s population, but protect 80 per cent of the planet’s biodiversity. Because Indigenous knowledge of lands and waters has evolved over thousands of years, many are looking at Indigenous governance models to help address the global climate and biodiversity crises.

To understand how re-establishing Indigenous governance models can support better land-use, we helped create “Land Governance: Past, Present, Future”. We hope this series of videos will promote conversations about land governance in Canada.

“Land Governance: Past”, the first video in series, sets the historical context Indigenous Peoples dispossession from the lands that sustain them. This 12-minute short identifies the legal and policy landscape that created the conditions for today’s environmental and social crises, while exploring the rights and responsibilities of Indigenous Peoples.

Learn more about Indigenous governance and the Land Back movement