DUC recognizes the importance of protecting the environment and our responsibility as a conservation organization to build, strengthen, and uphold meaningful and mutually respectful relations with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Peoples in the pursuit of protecting these natural systems we all call home.
We commit to raising our own understanding of this land, our awareness of local Indigenous Peoples’ histories, traditions, and cultures, and to working collaboratively with local Indigenous Peoples to advance shared conservation goals.
DUC is committed to building meaningful partnerships with Indigenous Peoples that are guided by mutual respect, trust, and shared values and experiences. As such, we are dedicated to ensuring the following principles are woven throughout the fabric of our continued engagement:
Respect for Indigenous knowledge systems
Indigenous Peoples have developed highly specialized and valuable knowledge systems. When working with Indigenous Peoples, we will work within an ethical space to weave Indigenous knowledge with other knowledge systems to ensure we have the best available information moving forward.
Indigenous Peoples have been stewards of the lands and waters for millennia. We respect and trust their vision, experience, and ability to identify solutions to conservation challenges that benefit our communities, and the lands and waters that surround us.
Commitment to transparency
We will be open and transparent about our intentions, goals, and reasons for engaging with Indigenous Peoples.
Amplify Indigenous voices
We will respect, acknowledge, and amplify Indigenous voices in our related conservation communications.
Work with honesty, integrity, and interest to learn
We will invest time and energy to better understand the rich histories, visions, cultures, and traditions of Indigenous partners to help build and maintain strong, trusting, and lasting conservation partnerships.
Support for and acknowledgement of Indigenous-led conservation
This includes facilitating increased capacity in Indigenous communities to support our shared goals of conservation. This approach to conservation aligns with DUC’s mission and ensures our actions are rooted in Indigenous knowledge, Indigenous laws, and relationships with the lands and waters, which demonstrates Reconciliation in action.
We acknowledge that our commitment statement and guiding principles are stepping stones on our ongoing journey to achieving respectful and meaningful relations with Indigenous Peoples that will set the course for a new conservation future.
Indigenous Protected Conservation Areas supported by DUC
Resources to support Indigenous-led conservation
Stories of Reconciliation through conservation
Calling Lakes champion Aura Lee MacPherson sees value in a decade of community connection.
Indigenous-led conservation braids traditional knowledge with science and technology to create environments where species can thrive.
We're so proud to have worked with Cecelia Brooks and Wabanaki Tree Spirit Tours and Events on this local beautiful field guide.
Indigenous-led conservation has been recognized as a vital part of Canada’s strategy to protect nature and achieve its biodiversity goals.
Cowessess First Nation and DUC are partnering on a wetland restoration project to reduce the nutrient loading that’s making Lake Winnipeg sick.
Re-establishing an ancient tradition connects community and conservation.
Our Native Plant Solutions (NPS) helped develop wetland compensation designs to offset some of the wetland habitat that will be lost or altered by the construction of the new Keeyask Generating Station in Manitoba.
We've partnered with the Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq to monitor our salt marsh restoration at Wallace Bay in Nova Scotia, a project that will help combat coastal erosion, provide habitat for fish and hopefully lead to a resurgence of sweetgrass, a common salt marsh plant, and one that’s particularly important to the Mi’kmaq.
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