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What we do today is for our future generations. Our lands and people need our voice and participation.
OUR FORESTS ARE IN PERIL
Indigenous Carbon Management and forestry are closely linked, as are our culture, our lands, and our livelihoods.
Land stewardship is our inherent responsibility. In our time, we have seen the decline in animal populations, disease, and overexploitation of the rich resources that exist within our Traditional Territories.
It is also our responsibility to plan for our future generations. This manifests in initiatives today, that contribute the growth of healthy, carbon-rich forests and in turn healthy Lands and ecosystems.
Carbon Management not only helps to mitigate climate change by sequestering carbon in trees and soils, but it also supports the livelihoods and cultural practices of our Communities in a space ripe for innovation and entrepreneurship.
By incorporating the knowledge and practices of our People, we ensure that forests are managed in a sustainable and culturally appropriate manner, contributing to both climate action and cultural conservation for the benefit of our Lands and livelihood.
It's time to take action.
Indigenous peoples have known for thousands of years how to care for our planet. The rest of us have a lot to learn and no time to waste.
Very importantly, we will work with our indigenous leaders who are taking a leadership role on climate change"
PRIME MINISTER OF CANADA
Canada is among the highest per capita Carbon emitters, more so than the US, China, and Russia. Our People are amongst the first to experience these climate impacts. Governments, Indigenous Political entities and Agreements declare and support Climate Change and Climate Action solutions must involve Indigenous Peoples.
Our role in reaching 30% land conservation by 2030 is critical. Participation across our Communities today provides both short term and long term opportunities that align our values, livelihood, culture and practices with climate action to support our future generations.
We have the knowledge, we have the right, and we have the opportunity to make change.
We help our Communities understand and engage.
In addition to our continued navigation of policies and support, we work with our Communities to establish partnerships with Innovators in the Carbon Management space. We are the leading edge of Climate Action and identify opportunities that benefit our Lands, People, and livelihoods now, and for our future.
By actively engaging in carbon management, our Communities can not only help address the global problem of climate change, but also reap the economic benefits of their participation. We welcome entrepreneurs, allies and partners in climate action to join our conversation.
CLIMATE ACTION IN ACTION
Our Communities concerns about the declining animal populations, and health of our Lands were loud and clear. A partnership with a biotech company emerged as an opportunity to collaborate, contribute and participate within the Carbon Management sector.
Working with Mirco-tek, and with the support of the government and other Forestry allies our Communities are;
Contributing directly to climate action by stewarding their lands with innovative technology and processes.
Building capacity through lands-based learning with our Guardians involvement.
Developing economic opportunities within the Bioeconomy in Carbon Management and Forestry Management Planning.
In August 2021, Wahkohtowin opened the doors to its Innovation Centre, a gathering place where the Communities of Northeast Superior can work collaboratively on economic development and cultural revitalization initiatives.
Today, the Innovation Centre is welcoming the public, Communities, partners, and allies to come and learn about sustainable forestry management and how to participate as Indigenous and Non-Indigenous, people and businesses together.
FOREST CARBON COMMUNITY TOOLKIT
If you're interested in Carbon Management, these tool kits developed by Ecotrust Canada are an entry point in understanding why, how and what.
Forests contribute to climate adaptation through multiple benefits:
Economic: contribute to sustainable jobs and livelihoods
Social: tourism, recreation, and cultural values
Environmental: clean water and flood prevention
Forests provide other benefits beyond climate adaptation – they provide ecosystem services, such as clean water and the prevention of soil erosion, as well as tourism and biodiversity values.
Any solution to climate change needs to involve forests.
Remote, rural, and Indigenous communities are best positioned to benefit from forests as a solution to climate mitigation and adaptation.
WE ARE WAHKOHTOWIN
and Lands have stories to tell
We have been stewards of our lands and waters for thousands of years. Today, we find richness and vibrance through innovation for a conservation economy, the revitalization of our culture and practices, and rekindling our relationship with our Land.
Join our conversation, and share in our collaborative approach to ensure sustainability and harmony within our lands, our people, and our livelihoods for future generations.
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