Canada’s Nature Agreement underscores the need for true reconciliation with Indigenous nations

By Justine Townsend and Robin Roth
The Conversation Canada
January 4, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

In late 2023, the federal government, BC and the First Nations Leadership Council signed a $1 billion Nature Agreement to protect 30 per cent of B.C.’s lands by 2030. …The Nature Agreement follows a series of historic federal investments in nature conservation. Like the previous announcements, the 2023 Nature Agreement includes funding for Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas, or IPCAs. However, despite advances in Canadian conservation policy and practice, our research has shown that First Nations advancing IPCAs can still face significant challenges. …One of the biggest challenges for IPCAs is the pressure of resource extraction. Even once an IPCA is declared, it may not be safe from resource extraction. Canadian governments continue to grant tenures and licences to companies for logging, mining, fish farms and other impactful activities inside IPCAs against the wishes of Indigenous nations. …IPCAs offer tremendous potential for addressing the biodiversity and climate crises and repairing relationships with Indigenous Peoples.

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