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OLD-Who We Are

Pathway to Canada Target 1, biodiversity, conservation, 2020, Canadian

In the end we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught.
— Baba Dioum

Who are we? We are Canadians.

To leave a lasting legacy for the generations to come, Canadians are joining together to protect our country's natural biodiversity, unique cultures and beauty.

Achieving Canada Target 1 will require collaboration and collective action from people across the country, including those in government departments, Indigenous peoples, private landowners, communities, non-governmental organizations and the private sector. Accordingly, groups of experts have been created to provide recommendations on how to achieve Canada Target 1.

Indigenous Circle of Experts

Pathway to Canada Target 1 has been designed to reflect renewed relationships that respect the rights, responsibilities, and priorities of Indigenous peoples, and establish collaborative partnerships in every aspect of the initiative.

A key element is the Indigenous Circle of Experts (ICE), created to ensure Indigenous expert advice is applied to all elements of the Pathway initiative. Within the Pathway, the ICE is leading efforts to consider how a spectrum of Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCAs) could be realized in Canada and contribute toward achieving Canada Target 1 in the spirit and practice of reconciliation.

Members of the ICE include a core group of Indigenous leaders in conservation from across Canada, and officials from federal, provincial, and territorial jurisdictions.

The ICE has been mandated to produce a report with recommendations and guidance on IPCAs that will be publicly available and submitted for consideration to Indigenous, federal, provincial and territorial governments. The ICE is hosting four regional gatherings to hear from Indigenous peoples across Canada on the IPCA concept, and inform its recommendations with Indigenous knowledge and local experiences in Indigenous-led conservation.

In addition to producing a report on IPCAs, the ICE will have opportunities to inform other elements of the Pathway to Canada Target 1, including the work of the National Steering Committee, National Advisory Panel, and Expert Task Teams. The ICE may also make recommendations on how IPCAs can contribute to achieving conservation goals beyond 2020.


National Advisory Panel

The mandate of the National Advisory Panel is to produce a report that will be publicly available and submitted to Ministers responsible for parks, protected areas and biodiversity conservation.

The National Advisory Panel will provide recommendations reflecting a broad spectrum of perspectives, based on western science and Indigenous knowledge systems, on how governments, non-governmental organizations and Canadians could collectively achieve Canada Target 1 through a coordinated and connected network of protected and conservation areas throughout the country that could serve as the cornerstone for biodiversity conservation for generations to come.

National Advisory Panel members were appointed by the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Canada and the Minister for Alberta Environment and Parks for a term lasting until the end of 2017. Panel members were selected based on merit and drawn from a balanced and broad spectrum of perspectives: Indigenous peoples, land trusts, conservation non-governmental organizations, industry, academia, and youth. Individuals serve based on their expertise and knowledge, but not necessarily as representatives of their organizations.


National Steering Committee

The National Steering Committee is led by co-chairs from Parks Canada and Alberta Parks and is comprised of director-level individuals, where possible, that can provide the perspective of governments with land management and biodiversity conservation responsibilities, including provincial, territorial, federal and municipal. Invitations have been extended to national Indigenous governments and organzations.