The Canadian Federal Government has announced that it will dedicate up to $340 million to Indigenous Guardians and Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area (IPCA) initiatives.

Up to $173 million of this funding will fund new and existing Indigenous Guardians initiatives and the development of an Indigenous Guardians network for First Nations, Inuit, and M├ętis, in collaboration with Parks Canada. The Indigenous Guardians program supports Indigenous peoples in exercising their rights on land, water, and ice in their traditional territories. Over $166 million will support IPCAs, where decisions and conservation actions come from Indigenous leadership.

This funding is crucial in meeting Canada’s goal to conserve 25% of land and inland waters and 25% of marine and coastal areas by 2025. These goals must be achieved through partnership with Indigenous peoples, multiple levels of government, and key stakeholders.

This funding comes as a part of Canada’s $2.3 billion commitment for nature conservation in the 2021 Budget.