Vote for Indigenous-led Conservation and Reconciliation!

Political leaders are nearing the end of their campaign circuit, debates are over, and tensions are high as parties try to win over Canadian voters who haven’t yet submitted their ballots. If you’re wondering how to select your candidate based on the values of Indigenous-led conservation and reconciliation, read the following tips…

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International Symposium on Conservation Impact

Our Eli Enns is in Denver Colorado today to speak at the International Symposium on Conservation Impact, hosted by the Salazar Center for North American Conservation. Taking place on Arapaho, Cheyenne, and Ute territories, Eli will share the concept of Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCAs) and describe how his roles with the IISAAK OLAM Foundation and as the National IPCA Coordinator for the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) support Nations who aspire to establish IPCAs in their territories. 

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Speaking at the UN Climate Action Summit in NYC

On September 23rd, IISAAK OLAM Foundation’s Eli Enns will be in New York City for the 2019 United Nations Climate Action Summit. The purpose of the Summit is to create urgency for climate action in order to meet the objectives of the 2015 Paris Agreement. Eli will be speaking along with Greta Thunberg, Robin Wall Kimmerer, and Tzeporah Berman. In addition, one of our Climate Action Youth Ambassadors Canada (CAYAC) members, Ta’Kaiya Blaney, will be singing and speaking at the Summit.

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Monica ShoreComment
Biodiversity Revisited Symposium - Reflections

From September 11-13, IISAAK OLAM Foundation President and Co-Founder Eli Enns attended the Biodiversity Revisited Symposium in Vienna, Austria.

Organized by the Luc Hoffmann Institute, the symposium brought together 70 academics, professionals and researchers to critically evaluate why conservation efforts are failing to address the biodiversity crisis, and to identify alternative approaches. The Guardian’s John Vidal interviewed Eli as part of its reporting on the symposium.

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Monica ShoreComment
Headed to the Biodiversity Revisited Symposium in Vienna

From September 10-13, IISAAK OLAM Foundation President and Co-Founder Eli Enns will at the Biodiversity Revisited Symposium in Vienna, Austria.

Biodiversity revisited is “a collaborative, thought leadership process to co-produce a new, integrated five-year research agenda to effectively sustain life on Earth. The collaborative process seeks to raise new awareness and thinking about biodiversity, from concept through measurement to implementation, as well as looking critically at the narratives, science and systems that underpin it.”

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Canoe ceremony honours Indigenous women

Tla’amin member Ta’Kaiya Blaney was lifted inside of a canoe and walked along Vancouver’s waterfront during a women’s honouring ceremony that coincided with the end of Canada’s MMIWG inquiry. 

A group of men carried Blaney, who sang a song that she composed in honour of her late mother Anne Blaney and late sister Marca Dawn Smith as a procession of people surrounded her. 

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Canoe Ceremony & The National Observer

The National Observer reports on the Women’s Honour Canoe procession, the Longhouse Dialogues and the Meares Island Tribal Park 35 Year Anniversary in Vancouver on June 3, 2019.

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Women's Honour Canoe @ The Star

The Star reports on the activist Ta’kaiya Blaney during her participation of the Women’s Honour Canoe procession in Vancouver on the first day of the international Women Deliver Conference. The National Inquiry in to the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls report was released this same day.

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