This project brings together Inuit leaders and knowledge holders, co-management representatives and interdisciplinary researchers to advance polar bear conservation and Inuit cultural continuity. This work is focused on the Eastern Arctic region of Canada
This story highlights how Inuit communities are connected to caribou in a diversity of ways, including as a source of food, culture, identity, spirituality, clothing, physical health, mental and emotional well-being, and livelihoods. Written by Torngat Secretariat, the story highlights the importance of Inuit-led research for caribou conservation. (Wwritten with support from IISAAK OLAM Foundation.)
Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCAs) are one of many initiatives the Manitoba Métis Federation is undertaking to protect species and places that are important to the Red River Métis. These are the stories of two IPCAs in the Métis homeland: Kettle Hills Blueberry Patch IPCA and Thompson Region IPCA.
In Tla-o-qui-aht Territory, the Nuu-chah-nulth teachings of iisaak have been in place for millennia to enrich life and support biodiversity for future generations. In 1984, the Tla-o-qui-aht Peoples declared the Meares Island (Wanachus-Hilthuu’is) Tribal Park as a practice of iisaak to protect the territory from rampant clearcut logging. The Nation’s entire territory is now included in four Tribal Parks.
In 2019, Łutsël K’é Dene First Nation (Łutsël K’é) designated 26,376 square kilometres (6.5 million acres) of their lands and waters including the East Arm of Tu Nedhé (Great Slave Lake) in the Northwest Territories (NWT) an Indigenous Protected Area using their own Dene laws. After more than 50 years of advocacy for the land and their rights as Indigenous people, Łutsël K’é signed agreements with national and territorial governments (Parks Canada and the Government of the NWT).