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Canada aims to conserve 17 percent of its land and fresh water by the end of 2020. This noble objective will help protect water, air, food and biodiversity and improve the health of humans.
Indigenous peoples in Canada are a part of this conservation movement. As they hunt, gather and harvest, they also monitor the land to keep it healthy and ensure their traditional activities are preserved. Their efforts to protect the Earth benefit us all.
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In October 2018, Dehcho First Nations and the Government of Canada announced the creation of the first Indigenous protected area in Canada. Located in the Dehcho region of the Northwest Territories, Edéhzhíe covers 14,218 square kilometers—more than twice the size of Banff National Park—and protects an area of spiritual and ecological importance to the Dehcho and Tłichô Dene.
It is not the only Indigenous initiative to protect lands. The Tsá Tué Biosphere Reserve, created in 2016, protected more than 9,000 square kilometers of land and water. First Nations, Inuit and Métis have put in place other initiatives too.
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These Indigenous groups are interested in protecting the land because their holistic approach to ecosystems will help preserve their traditional way of life.
This holistic approach to conservation is the concept of being "in tune with nature." It's a fundamental understanding that although they are human, Dene are part of the environment and the ecosystem. This concept doesn't just refer to the nature in the sense of trees, wildlife or the natural processes of an ecosystem, but the nature of reality as a whole, where people have a role in the natural world and have a responsibility to maintain it.
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Harvesting wild game is a measured and carefully considered practice. By protecting these lands, traditional ways of life, including language, harvesting and other cultural elements, are maintained for present and future generations.
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