Nuxulk Guardian Watchmen monitor the coastline of their traditional territory along the Pacific Ocean in British Columbia. Image courtesy of Indigenous Leadership Initiative.

This article emphasizes the crucial role of Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCAs) and Indigenous Guardians Programs in conservation efforts. It showcases how Indigenous governments in Canada are leading the way in establishing IPCAs, which are vital for protecting the planet and addressing the challenges of climate change and biodiversity loss. It calls on conservation organizations and groups to make space for and take direction from Indigenous leadership, fully uphold Indigenous rights and responsibilities, and raise, share, and direct financial resources to Indigenous governments and organizations.

Making space for Indigenous leadership is crucial for conservation (commentary)

Author: Valérie Courtois and Steve Kallick, Mongabay

Year: 2023

Media Type: Blog Post