Executive Officer Steve Roeger and Senior Ranger Daryl Lacey spent last week in Canada's north, sharing ideas for indigenous protected area strategies. Along with Patrick O'Leary from the Pew Trust, they discussed their experiences, ideas and best practices in establishing and managing a protected area.
The LutselK'eDene First Nation is currently negotiating with the federal and territorial governments to establish ThaideneNene— or "land of the ancestors" — a proposed Canadian national park reserve that covers 33,000 square kilometres on the East Arm of Great Slave Lake.
There are strong parallels between the two environments which are both rich in ecological diversity and resource, but confronted with unemployment and social disadvantage. In both scenarios people are really motivated by the land, and there is a keen interest in the success of IPAs in areas like ours.
For Canadian media coverage of the discussions see an interview with Daryl on CBC News online and a television interview with Daryl and Patrick on CBC's Northbeat.