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Investing in Indigenous conservation delivers major social and environmental benefits

By Valerie Courtois and Denis Rose      

Together, Canada and Australia can demonstrate to the world that respecting Indigenous conservation and leadership is vital to strengthening communities and protecting the lands, waters, animal and plants we all depend upon.

In Canada, many Indigenous Nations are also identifying protected areas, such as the newly established Edehzhie National Wildlife Area/Dehcho Protected Area in the Northwest Territories. Australia may be half a world away and as hot and dry as Canada is cold and snowy, but when it comes to looking after the land, our two countries have plenty in common. Both are committed to protecting vibrant landscapes, restoring species at risk and addressing the impacts of climate change. And both recognize the leadership of Indigenous peoples in helping achieve these goals, write authors Valerie Courtois and Denis Rose. Photograph courtesy of the N.W.T. Government

Australia may be half a world away and as hot and dry as Canada is cold and snowy, but when it comes to looking after the land, our two countries have plenty in common. Both are committed to protecting vibrant landscapes, restoring species at risk and addressing the impacts of climate change. And both recognize the leadership of Indigenous peoples in helping achieve these goals.

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