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Canada’s First Indigenous Protected Area Conserves Valuable Headwaters – Water Canada

by ahnationtalk on October 17, 201877 Views

October 17, 2018

Last week, Dehcho First Nations and the Government of Canada announced the first Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) in Canada, the Edéhzhíe Protected Area.

The Dehcho First Nations Assembly designated the Edéhzhíe Protected Area will protect water, conserve biodiversity and wildlife habitat, and ensure that the Dehcho Dene relationship with the lands of Edéhzhíe is maintained for present and future generations through Dehcho-led stewardship, monitoring, and cultural activities.

“Our people know Edéhzhíe as a special and spiritual place. By working together to secure permanent protection, we are taking steps with Canada to renew our nation-to-nation relationship and ensure that the lands, water, and Dehcho way of life are maintained in Edéhzhíe for present and future generations,” said Jonas Antoine, Elder of the Dehcho First Nations.

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