We Rise Together
We rise together, Achieving Pathway to Canada Target 1 through the creation of Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas in the spirit and practice of reconciliation, a report launched today by the Indigenous Circle of Experts (ICE), is yet another example of ways in which Indigenous communities in Canada are taking leadership in creating parks and protected areas and preserving biodiversity on traditional territories. The report presented to Minister Catherine McKenna contains recommendations of ways to meet Canada’s biodiversity target 1 to conserve at least 17% of terrestrial areas... and 10% of coastal and marine areas by 2020 to fulfill our share of the Convention on Biodiversity’s international commitments.
Subtitled “in the spirit and practice of reconciliation”, the report represents an historic collaboration of Indigenous experts and provincial and federal ministries in the attempt to slow the dramatic loss of biodiversity in Canada as well as internationally. ICE Members, including local leaders Chief Gordon Planes of T’Sou-ke Nation, and Co-Chair Eli Enns, Nuu-chah-nulth, hosted four regional meetings to learn from Indigenous peoples across Canada and to ensure that Indigenous knowledge and experience informed their recommendations and to underscore and share the significance and accomplishments of Indigenous conservation and protections of biodiversity in Canada. A wonderful example of reconciliation!