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Why a conservation-based approach?

Developing partnerships and non-traditional economic sectors to increase participation and address climate change.

30 BY 2030

Canada is leading the way to build support internationally to achieve 30 percent land conservation by 2030. We are active.

With significant movement toward conservation within Canada, Wahkohtowin Development GP Inc. is leading a strategic path forward in developing partnerships with Indigenous and Non-Indigenous bodies in non-traditional economic sectors.


Working together, our Communities are evolving their focus from economic activities that have relied on overexploitation of our Lands, to inclusive conservation projects that benefit our economy in a sustainable way. 

Our participation in this initiative prioritizes the protection of biodiversity, the reduction of environmental degradation, and the maintenance of ecological services, while also promoting income generation and job creation.

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We have to change the relationship with who does business on our territories. They must create a better understanding of the triple bottom line.

The conservation economy — from a citizen’s perspective — is that it has to go beyond the job."

Our Team David Flood




Our goals are lofty.  They are achieved through integrated strategies that balance economic, social and environmental objectives, and involve collaboration between government agencies, communities, and the private sector. By leveraging the economic benefits of conservation, such as sustainable resource extraction and carbon management, conservation-based economic development has the potential to create a win-win solution for both the environment and the economy. Join us in our efforts across; 

  • Bioeconomy exploration to build sustainable living within our Communities.

  • Carbon Management to align our Community values with climate action through forest management.

  • Empowering our Youth leadership in Indigenous-led natural climate solutions.

  • Building sustainability within our housing supply chain for the economic benefit of our People.

  • Providing collaborative spaces for innovation and partnerships to evolve through shared learning and cultural revitalization


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.

Wahkohtowin Innovation Centre

We work with
our Nations to deliver opportunity

Together, we identify, develop, and manage projects and programs that align strategic community needs, land stewardship, culture and practices, with innovative resource development. Learn more about our initiatives below, or get in touch.


Our Communities perspective on a path forward for conservation.

Exploring the now and near future opportunities.


Conservation Reserve Protection Plan of 532 hectares

Located approximately 14 km east of the town of Dubreuilville just south of the community of Lochalsh. The conservation reserve (CR) has an area of 532 hectares and consists of hummocky, irregular topography of kettles and kames, with moraine ridges.

Areas in and around Dog Lake have been used extensively and a large portion of that use has been documented through a Traditional Ecological Knowledge Report.


Ohio Point on Dog Lake shows evidence of a 4000 year old Indian Village adjacent to Manitou Mountain. A concentration of stone tools, spears and scraping tools have been found in the area (Nolan, undated). A small prehistoric campsite was found on Lovers Beach directly across from Manitou Mountain. The cove adjacent to the beach provided good fishing in the past as it does today (Nolan, undated).


Dog River is utilized to gain access to other inland lakes for fishing, hunting and trapping. This area was also utilized for growing vegetables as the soil in Missanabie was unsuitable (Nolan, undated).

Protecting this area began in 2017.

Our Conservation Economy

Our People
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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