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Indigenous-led conservation signals path forward for Canada's first marine protected area network

The Gwaii Haanas National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, also a Haida Heritage Site, is a prominent example of Indigenous-led, co-operatively managed marine protected areas (MPAs) in Canada, write Ross Jameson, an ocean conservation manager with the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society and Stephanie Hewson, staff lawyer at West Coast Environmental Law.

We desperately need to be talking about food sovereignty

Dawn Morrison has dedicated a large part of her life to educating around the unsustainability of the global food industry, which moved from local place-based foods and traditional harvesting, hunting and fishing after the industrial revolution. She says COVID19 should be a massive wake up call for people to stop placing profit over people, and to return to ways that nurture food sovereignty.

Message from an Indigenous mother to her three-year-old during COVID-19

“Will aunty die from the virus?” Andrea Landry's three-year-old daughter asked her one morning while they were playing quietly on the floor. Landry recognized her daughter's fear, and she recognized her own. She knew this pandemic was an invitation to feel complicated emotions, but also a time to look to traditional knowledge systems, to survive in the same way as her ancestors did.

COVID-19 not the first pandemic Indigenous Peoples have quarantined from

Just a few generations ago, Tlaook, a Nuu-Chah-Nulth ancestor of the Tla-o-qui-aht nation led families to a safe place of refuge in their territory to wait out fatal diseases European settlers brought to the coast of B.C. When the people returned, many had died, but the story of the importance of preserving the land during times of pandemics lived on and continues to shape the nation's work.