Bow and Oldman Watersheds

Nature-based Solutions and Conservation

Supporting the Establishment of Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas in Alberta

 In Alberta, vast portions of the Eastern Slopes lack permanent, legislated protection. Canada has committed to protecting 30% of lands by 2030, with new protections achieved in partnership with Indigenous governments and communities. This provides an exciting opportunity to center Indigenous voices, advance self-identified land-relation priorities of Indigenous groups, and build/strengthen relations between Indigenous people and the conservation sector in Alberta. We will work with the Blackfoot Confederacy and Stoney Nakoda Nations to advance their conservation visions, while engaging with allies/partners on decisions that threaten the region’s ecological integrity– advancing community-led conservation of Alberta’s source waters, habitat connectivity, and biodiversity.