Towards Reconciliation: 10 Calls to Action to Natural Scientists Working In Canadian Protected Areas

The above was presented at the March 9-12, 2021 Virtual Research Summit.

Ce qui précède a été présenté au Sommet de Recherche Virtuel du 9 au 12 mars 2021.

The following is preliminary content for a session at the March 9-12, 2021 Virtual Research Summit, submitted by Carmen Wong with Parks Canada, and Elder Mary Jane Gùdia) Johnson or Kluane First Nation. Click on the image below to see the full presentation.

Ce qui suit est le contenu préliminaire d’une session du Sommet de Recherche Virtuel du 9 au 12 mars 2021, présenté par Carmen Wong avec Parcs Canada, et l’aînée Mary Jane (Gùdia) Johnson ou la Première nation Kluane. Cliquez sur l’image ci-dessous pour voir la présentation complète.

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(French below)

Many protected areas in Canada were created by the expulsion of Indigenous peoples from their traditional homelands. This history drives a need for reconciliation in all aspects of the management of protected areas. Here we reimagine how research could be conducted in Canadian protected areas by drawing on our recently published paper outlining 10 Calls to Action to natural scientists to enable reconciliation in Canada. This paper was written by an unique group of co-authors representing Indigenous and western science perspectives and fuelled by our critical review of the research field activities we have observed in northern Canada. Two co-authors, an Elder from Kluane First Nation and an ecologist for Parks Canada will present together the 10 Calls to Action and their specific implications for research and management activities in protected areas. Both co-authors have/are worked/working for Parks Canada and have been involved with the permitting process for research for over a decade in Kluane National Park and Reserve which is cooperatively managed with Kluane First Nation and Champagne and Aishihik First Nations. Original paper available online here:


De nombreuses zones protégées au Canada ont été créées par l’expulsion des peuples indigènes de leurs terres traditionnelles. Cette histoire entraîne un besoin de réconciliation dans tous les aspects de la gestion des zones protégées. Nous imaginons ici comment la recherche pourrait être menée dans les zones protégées du Canada en nous appuyant sur notre document récemment publié, qui présente 10 appels à l’action adressés à des spécialistes des sciences naturelles pour permettre la réconciliation au Canada. Ce document a été rédigé par un groupe unique de co-auteurs représentant les perspectives des autochtones et de la science occidentale et alimenté par notre examen critique des activités de recherche sur le terrain que nous avons observées dans le nord du Canada. Deux co-auteurs, un aîné de la Première nation de Kluane et un écologiste de Parcs Canada, présenteront ensemble les 10 appels à l’action et leurs implications spécifiques pour les activités de recherche et de gestion dans les zones protégées. Les deux co-auteurs ont travaillé/travaillent pour Parcs Canada et ont été impliqués dans le processus d’autorisation des recherches depuis plus de dix ans dans le parc national et la réserve de Kluane, qui est géré en coopération avec la Première nation de Kluane et les Premières nations de Champagne et de Aishihik. L’article original est disponible en ligne ici :

CPCIL Webinar: Speaking Histories about Parks and Protected Areas (Recorded)

Recording of Webinar

Facing many changes and opportunities, the stories of parks and protected areas need to be shared, understood—and reconsidered—to reflect the role of parks in efforts of conservation, connection, and now Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.

This webinar was the result of a CPCIL invitation to present the national history of parks and protected areas in Canada, while including the perspective of an Indigenous scholar reconnecting to their land and language. One of the panelists is a biologist and manager in federal protected areas, while the other an Indigenous languages advocate whose ancestors had been removed from what is now referred to as Wood Buffalo National Park. Both presenters hope to spark a meaningful conversation about the historical contexts of parks and protected areas, and the involvement and inclusion of Indigenous Peoples and their rights when co-developing parks and protected areas.


Olaf Jensen

Protected Areas Program Director        

Canadian Wildlife Service                     

Kyle Napier

Dene/nêhiyaw Métis

Northwest Territory Métis Nation

CCIUCN Webinar on IPCAs & Indigenous Leadership in Conservation (Recording)

With an increased global interest in Indigenous-led conservation, the Canadian Parks Collective for Innovation and Leadership is excited to host this webinar as an overview of Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCAs) and Indigenous leadership in conservation in Canada.  The emphasis will be on the development of an Assembly of First Nations IPCA Working Group, the Conservation Through Reconciliation Partnership and progress in Pathway to Target 1 through its IPCA working group, and how these three initiatives–in concert with others–are collaborating in support of efforts such as meeting Canada’s international conservation targets.


 Curtis Scurr,Associate Director, Environment Sector, Assembly of First Nations, Co-Chair Pathway IPCA Working Group

Wesley Johnston,Federal Lead on IPCAs, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Co-Chair Pathway IPCA Working Group

Robin Roth,Associate Professor of Geography, Guelph University, and Co-Lead, Conservation Through Reconciliation Partnership