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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

The Pathway Team

Federal, territorial, provincial and local governments, Indigenous Peoples, private landowners, communities, non-governmental organizations and the private sector all have a role to play in protecting Canada’s biodiversity.

Three main groups of people have contributed to the Pathway to Canada Target 1 team: the Indigenous Circle of Experts, the National Advisory Panel and a National Steering Committee.

Indigenous Circle of Experts

Pathway to Canada Target 1 was designed to reflect renewed relationships that respect the rights, responsibilities, and priorities of Indigenous Peoples.

A key element in this has been the Indigenous Circle of Experts (ICE) that led efforts to consider how 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 included a core group of Indigenous experts from across Canada, and officials from federal, provincial, and territorial jurisdictions.

The ICE was mandated to produce a report with recommendations and guidance on IPCAs for consideration by Indigenous, federal, provincial and territorial governments. The ICE hosted 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. This work has resulted in and informed, ongoing dialogue and the We Rise Together report.

National Advisory Panel

National Advisory Panel (NAP) members were appointed by the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Canada and the Minister for Alberta Environment and Parks. Members were selected based on merit and represented perspectives from Indigenous Peoples, land trusts, conservation non-governmental organizations, industry, academia, and youth.

The National Advisory Panel's report highlights recommendations 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.

National Steering Committee

The National Steering Committee (NSC) is led by co-chairs from Environment Climate Change Canada, on behalf of the Government of Canada, and by Alberta Environment and Parks, on behalf of the provinces and territories.

The NSC includes representatives from provincial, territorial, federal and local governments with land management and biodiversity conservation responsibilities, and representatives from the Assembly of First Nations and the Métis National Council.