There are people working to meet the challenges of Indigenous communities in Canada but basic needs continue to go unmet. Central to these needs is the sustainability of the land, water and resources, that Indigenous peoples depend on for their livelihoods.
Indigenous peoples rely on the lands and waters that surround them for survival - for food, water, medicine, shelter, transportation and art. They have a unique cultural connection with the environment and over time have built a wealth of knowledge and understanding about the natural world. This intrinsic connection puts them in a position to be able to share knowledge about the natural world in a way that inspires and informs others.
A few statistics on the status of indigenous peoples and their lands and waters:
A non-governmental organization that can effectively connect Canadian goodwill, talent and funding to the needs of Indigenous peoples catalyzes efforts towards protecting lands and waters and building sustainable communities. This can be accomplished by ensuring resilient freshwater and forest ecosystems, protection of species at risk and culturally significant species, and community action planning for changing climate systems. CIER is committed to assume this responsibility. As the first and only First Nation-directed, nationally-focused environmental organization in Canada, CIER is uniquely qualified and ideally positioned to do so.