Welcome to the IPCA Knowledge Basket, a digital space created to honour, celebrate, and catalyze Indigenous-led conservation pathways in Canada, including Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCAs).

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The IPCA Knowledge Basket holds stories, videos, songs, government reports and policies, academic articles, resources, and artwork available to all who seek to support Indigenous-led conservation.

Because land and language are inextricably linked, Indigenous-led conservation can help support the revitalization of Indigenous languages.

As you enter the IPCA Knowledge Basket we invite you to listen to greetings shared by Indigenous language speakers. Click to hear a greeting from the speakers below.

Please note these audio messages were gifted for the IPCA Knowledge Basket and are not to be copied or used for other purposes without explicit consent. 

We hope that IPCA Knowledge Basket users will contribute messages of greetings and thanks in other Indigenous languages to help reflect the diversity of languages spoken on what is now known as Canada.

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The basket represents the strength and beauty we can create by weaving multiple knowledge systems together.

The IPCA Knowledge Basket provides opportunities to harvest, collect, and contribute resources to help you on your learning journey. When we share with one another, we rise together!

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Our Origin Story

Learn more about the IPCA Knowledge Basket and how it was created.

About IPCA Knowledge Basket
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Jennifer Taback, President and Partner from Design De Plume, shared that the creative team had a great opportunity to sit with many people involved in this work.

“We heard stories, ideas, and thoughts that helped to give us ideas about common threads we could work with. The lands, people, animals and cultures are hugely diverse and we knew that to represent the project. Elder Albert Marshall told us that “Nature has rights, humans have responsibilities” and we made sure to reflect that by balancing natural elements marked by human influence.”

Listen to Anishinaabe Elder Marilyn Capreol, a member of Shawanaga First Nation, describe the significance of the big dipper constellation design.

Listen to Natowaawawahkaki – Holy Walking Woman (Paulette Fox) describe the design of the IPCA Knowledge Basket and the significance of the big dipper from a Blackfoot perspective.

See What’s New

Below is an ever-growing collection of stories about Indigenous leadership in conservation, including stories from Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas, intended to inform, inspire and celebrate. Digital storytelling about Indigenous-led conservation is a newly emerging space. This collection will continue to grow as more Indigenous Nations and communities document and share their stories.

  • Nuxalk Guardian Watchman Protect Salmon

How Nuxalk Guardian Watchman Protect Salmon

Sockeye Salmon are an important indicator of a healthy ecosystem -- which is why the Nuxalk Guardian Watchmen are so important in protecting them. These Guardians are the eyes and ears for their Nation, helping to ensure and support the sustainability of this precious resource.

  • the North French River

Protecting the North French River

The North French River is one of the most pristine, untouched waterways in Ontario. In comparison with other rivers within the Moose Cree Homelands, it has not been significantly impacted by industry. The plan is to develop a framework to protect and enhance the cultural and landscape features of the watershed.

  • Edéhzhíe National Wildlife Area

Edéhzhíe National Wildlife Area and Dehcho Protected Area

Edéhzhíe spans over 14,000 square kilometers in the southwestern part of the Northwest Territories. These lands were designated an Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area by the Dehcho First Nations in 2018.

  • Indigenous Stewardship on the North Pacific Coast

Indigenous Stewardship on the North Pacific Coast

First Nations along the North and Central Coast and Haida Gwaii have been stewarding their territories for thousands of years. Today, they're working collaboratively with other First Nations and federal and provincial governments to create a network of Marine Protected Areas to preserve and sustainably manage their natural and cultural resources.

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