The Indigenous Leadership Initiative (ILI) is an Indigenous-led effort to strengthen Indigenous Nationhood across Canada, as well as the cultural responsibility to conservation and a sustainable approach to development.
ILI is working is working to support the National Guardians Program, whose goal is to allow Indigenous Nations and communities across Canada to engage in actively managing, monitoring, and fulfilling their cultural responsibility to their lands and territories through on-the-ground stewardship.
ILI’s overall goal in promoting the model of Indigenous Guardians across Canada is to set the conditions for success and in March a Nationally-funded program was announced.
LDF’s support would go towards investing in Indigenous communities in the Northwest Territories and Manitoba as they strengthen their capacity to conduct conservation planning and support Guardian programs. The areas chosen both face significant development challenges, but also offer significant conservation opportunities. In the case of Manitoba, the biggest threats are hydro, forestry and mining. In the Northwest Territories, the biggest threats are from oil and gas development along the MacKenzie River, fracking for natural gas and mineral development.