The Canadian government will provide up to $340 million in new funding over the next five years to support Indigenous leadership in conservation. The investment is part of the nation’s $2.3 billion commitment to nature conservation. “First Nations, Inuit and Metis bring forward Indigenous knowledge and perspectives that are to learn from as we face the immense environmental challenges as a result of climate change, and as we work towards a more inclusive society,” said Carolyn Bennett, minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations. Indigenous people are key players in the fight against the climate emergency as well as biodiversity loss; globally, 80 percent of the planet’s biodiversity is safeguarded by Indigenous people.

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