Indigenous Rights and Private Conservation: Creating Pathways for Respect and Responsibility.
Join the Conservation through Reconciliation Partnership, the Nature Conservancy of Canada and OKT Law to explore the legacy of private land conservation in Canada and how we can collectively create pathways to recognize and respect Indigenous laws, governance and self-determination.
In Canada, land trusts, not-for-profit conservation organizations and government agencies have sought to ‘conserve private lands’ for their ecological, agricultural, recreational, or cultural value through acquiring ownership or other legal interests. Often termed ‘securement’, this process has a long and contentious history.
Despite creating significant public benefits, private land conservation has often occurred without a full appreciation and understanding of the impacts on Indigenous rights and title. Without a significant paradigm shift, private land conservation practices will continue to perpetuate unreconciled relationships among Indigenous Peoples, non-Indigenous peoples and public governments.
We’ll explore what this shift could look like from a variety of perspectives and how we could build pathways to collective responsibility for conservation.
There will be ample time for Q & A – bring your questions!
Details on speakers coming soon!