Canadian IPCA Alliance

IPCA = Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area


The Canadian IPCA Alliance is a movement of solidarity among Indigenous Peoples from across Canada who are actively working toward establishing IPCAs within their traditional territories.

The Alliance functions as a national collaborative secretariat to support the Pathway to Canada Target 1 (and beyond) and lives independently from any federal agency. Founding partners of the Alliance include the Assembly of First Nations, the ICCA Consortium, the Indigenous Leadership Initiative, the Métis National Council, the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (pending), Parks Canada, and the Canadian Wildlife Service. This movement also includes a variety of supporters including federal government agencies, provincial and territory governments, regional and municipal governments, civil society organizations, the private sector, academia, the general public, the international community, and philanthropy.

Through in-person workshops on how to declare an IPCA, in-depth organizational development training, how to set up or run a guardians program, mechanisms for asserting hunting and fishing permitting and more, the Canadian IPCA Alliance is the practical operation of the national secretariat, working to support grassroots IPCA declarations at their origin.

During its incubation period, the Canadian IPCA Alliance will be housed by the IISAAK OLAM Foundation. There is an important role and responsibility for everyone in ensuring its long-term success and we are looking forward to working with you in the spirit and practice of peace and friendship.

The Canadian IPCA Alliance is a grassroots movement of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities Conserved Territories and Areas (ICCAs) in Canada, and thus will connect to the ICCA Consortium organically over time and as appropriate. Learn more about the global ICCA Consortium.

Find resources and more information about IPCAs and Biodiversity in Canada including the We Rise Together report, One With Nature, and Canada’s Conservation Vision.


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“To respect is to observe, appreciate, and act accordingly.”

— The Nuu-chah-nulth law of Iisaak, sun-moon crest