About Us


The purpose of The IISAAK OLAM Foundation is to mobilize knowledge and foster capacity for the conservation of biological and cultural diversity. We achieve our purpose through:


Supporting the development of Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCAs) in Canada

Climate Action

Forwarding the Climate Action Youth Ambassadors Canada (CAYAC) Initiative


Developing a network Peace and Friendship Regions and Reconciliation Zones across Canada

Through these focal areas, The IISAAK OLAM Foundation facilitates the development of sustainable and resilient communities, builds healthy and equitable relationships between Indigenous and newcomer societies, and highlights Indigenous solutions for reconciling humanity’s relationship with the environment.


Our Family



Eli Enns, President and Chief Problem Solver

Monica Shore, Vice-President and Co-Founder

Patrick Canning, General Director

In the Field

Eduardo Sousa, IPCA Projects Director

Andrew Paul, Research and Engagement Coordinator

Katie Hargus, Youth Engagement Coordinator


Circle of Advisors

Dr. John Borrows, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law, University of Victoria

Barbara Todd Hager, writer/producer/director, Aarrow Productions

Marilyn Baptiste, Former Chief of the Xeni Gwet'in Nation and recipient of the Goldman Environmental Prize

Chief Gordon Planes, Chief of T’souke First Nation, founder of the T’souke Centre for Sustainability and alumnus of the 20/20 Catalysts Program

Levi Martin, Elder, Tla-o-qui-aht Nation and fluent Nuuchahnulth speaker