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Balancing the Narrative: Communications Guidelines for Indigenous-led Conservation

2023-12-06T15:11:02-05:00Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

These guidelines offer a framework through which to co-develop communications strategies, approaches, and content with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis partners in respectful, reciprocal, and responsible ways.There is no one-size-fits-all approach to ‘better’ communications with and about Indigenous conservation leadership. However, these guidelines provide a starting point for communications professionals and departments, wherever they are in their learning journey. They were developed with the aim of sparking conversation, learning, and transformation.

Building Public Understanding of Indigenous-led Conservation: Insights from Communications Strategies in Five National Parks

2023-11-30T15:45:52-05:00Tags: , , , , , , , |

There is minimal research done on the process of advancing communications that elevate and centre Indigenous voices, ways of knowing, and rights in relation to conservation and stewardship. This report outlines lessons learned in building public support for Indigenous-led conservation efforts. It highlights communications tools that the conservation sector might use for elevating Indigenous rights, relationships, and responsibilities within their traditional territories in and around state-led protected areas.

A Review of Crown Legislation for Protected and Conserved Areas in Canada: A Guide for Indigenous Leadership

2023-09-28T12:05:24-04:00Tags: , , , , , , , |

This guide provides an overview of Canadian federal, provincial, and territorial legislation for the creation of protected areas and parks. It is intended to inform Indigenous governments interested in advancing Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCAs) through the Canadian legal system.

Indigenous-led Conservation Reading List


A list of academic resources related to the growing Indigenous-led conservation movement, including the articles related to context of colonial conservation.

IPCA Governance Models: A Snapshot of Existing Conservation Governance Arrangements

2023-11-03T15:18:50-04:00Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This resource is intended for Indigenous Nations and governments who are interested or currently engaged in the creation of an Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area (IPCA) or other Indigenous-led conservation initiatives. It provides a snapshot of how IPCAs are being governed across what is now known as Canada.

Beyond Conservation: A Toolkit for Respectful Collaboration with Indigenous People


This toolkit was created by the Indigenous Knowledge Circle of the NBCKC to support individuals and organizations seeking to learn how to do things differently, how to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past, and how to embed reconciliation into our conservation and stewardship work. We hope it helps you to advance genuine, respectful, and productive collaborations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people and organizations working to protect and restore lands, waters, and all living beings.

IPCA Creation Guide


This guide aims to support Indigenous governments (First Nations, Métis, Inuit) to establish Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCAs). It includes key considerations, questions, and examples to assist Indigenous leadership in their visioning and planning. It offers some examples that are not specific to IPCAs but that might be helpful. This includes insights from the lived experiences of Indigenous Peoples.

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