What are Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCAs)?

What are Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCAs)? Where does their promise lie? How might we revitalize connections with the land and create equitable relationships across cultures and across generations to better care for and sustain the natural world? These questions and more are explored in the new report and video, Transforming Conservation: Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas in Ontario published by Plenty Canada, Walpole Island Land Trust, Ontario Nature and the Indigenous Environmental Science/Studies program at Trent University).

The report and video present key insights from a cross-cultural gathering about IPCAs where participants grappled with recommendations of the national Indigenous Circle of Experts. Traditional forms of governance, traditional teachings, equitable partnerships and youth engagement are seen as critical to finding a shared path forward.

Words of wisdom abound for those committed to advancing nature conservation and reconciliation. If you embrace that commitment, watch the video. Then, if inspired, you can take a deeper dive and read the report.

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