Collectively, we have an opportunity to reimagine how conservation is done in this country. A central focus of this effort must be support for Indigenous-led conservation.
We have a two-track funding strategy:
1. Research, Convening, and Outreach
We are funding research, convening, and outreach activities in support of: Indigenous-led conservation, efforts to protect and conserve peatlands, grasslands, and old growth forests, or strategies to achieve 30×30.
Funding is geared toward efforts at a federal, provincial, and/or territorial scale, rather than on-the-ground, locally-specific work. Examples of the type of work supported under this strategy include a mix of complementary and often combined activities, such as:
Research: Producing timely, well-researched, and accessible reports to inform the design of new strategies, policies, and programs.
Convening: Bringing together community leaders, non-governmental organizations, academics, industry, and government representatives to better link, coordinate, and advance cross-sector efforts.
Outreach: Communications efforts that strengthen public awareness, understanding, and support for specific policy goals or actions.
2. On-the-Ground Leadership
On-the-Ground Leadership: At present, our funding for on-the-ground leadership activities is largely focused on efforts to plan and establish Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas in two major peatland regions: Hudson Bay Lowlands and the Mackenzie River Basin.