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How indigenous conservation protects Canada's environment

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🗞️ Driving the news: Dolcy Meness and the Nagadjitòdjig Akì guardians regularly monitor water quality in Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg territory, Quebec, employing both indigenous knowledge and Western science
• The effort symbolizes a broader movement of over 1,000 "Indigenous Guardians" across Canada managing ancestral lands and waters

🔭 The context: The guardianship movement is integral to Canadian conservation initiatives and is aligned with the country's ambitious goals to curb biodiversity loss
• On average, indigenous conservation projects in Canada protect over 60% of their landscapes

🌎 Why does it matter for the planet: This approach could set a new global standard for conservation, emphasizing the importance of indigenous wisdom in protecting ecosystems
• It represents a sustainable and inclusive solution, crucial at a time when the world is grappling with ecological crises

⏭️ What's next: While indigenous-led conservation faces challenges like systemic racism and lack of recognition, initiatives such as the First Nations National Guardians Network are working to overcome these hurdles

💬 One quote: "It's really important to trust us. We know what we're doing. It's about time we have our place in global society."  (Dolcy Meness, Indigenous Guardian)

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