Nature Canada is working with the Métis community of Île-à-la-Crosse in Northwestern Saskatchewan to bring awareness to their effort to establish a Métis-led Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area (IPCA) in their traditional hunting and trapping territory, the N-14 Fur Block.
The Métis of Sakitawak have inherent rights to this land, established through centuries of using and stewarding the land for sustenance including trapping on over 110 traplines in the N-14. The land continues to provide hunting, fishing and berry picking for the community but is threatened by deforestation, water quality issues, and climate change. Culturally important species include freshwater fish, old-growth pine, and at-risk Woodland Caribou. These must be protected.About the Solution
Sakitawak IPCA will give the Métis community the tools and resources needed to protect the N-14 Fur Block from climate impacts, encroaching logging, and poor resource management of water, fisheries, and wildlife. 250 years of traditional knowledge and generational relationships with the land are backed up by studies showing biodiversity outcomes are better when lands are continually managed by Indigenous Peoples.
Our government is committed to protecting 30 percent of Canada’s land by 2030 and the creation of IPCAs like Sakitawak are the best way to meet that target and advance reconciliation.About the Problem
Tell the government you support Sakitawak IPCA and the Métis community of Île-à-la-Crosse, SK. Be a voice for Indigenous-led conservation and help protect culturally important species like freshwater fish, old-growth pine, and at-risk Woodland Caribou.Add Your Voice
Join our online community to help Nature Canada raise awareness of this critical initiative, save the Woodland Caribou and show your support for Métis-led conservation in Saskatchewan.
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