Indigenous Communities Leading the Way for Woodland Caribou Recovery in Canada - A 2015 Review of Indigenous-led Action Plans
Most populations of caribou across Canada are now in decline (Parks Canada, 2013) and as caribou management challenges are increasing in complexity and breadth, so too are the concerns of a variety of stakeholders that have a relationship to the caribou herds of Canada. As such, organizations across Canada are working towards the recovery of caribou populations. The Boreal Leadership Council’s (BLC) Caribou Project Team is one such organization (www.borealcouncil.ca).
The BLC is building on its historical focus on recovery planning and Indigenous management by conducting a cross-country review of caribou action planning led by Indigenous peoples. The BLC retained the services of the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER – www.yourcier.org) to conduct a review with a focus on tools, data, practices and governance structures currently used by Indigenous peoples for action planning, including Traditional Knowledge, identifying habitat, monitoring populations and other aspects of caribou conservation.
The goals of this project were to:
Photo Credits: Valérie Courtois, Boreal Leadership Council