First Nations to have greater role in parks: federal environment minister
Speaking at a recent parks conference, Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said indigenous protected areas will be one way Canada meets its international goal of conserving 17 per cent of its land by 2020. Such areas are regions singled out for conservation by local First Nations and identified through self-government agreements or land claims. They would also be managed and monitored by the bands.
The land would be given some form of legal status through legislation. That would allow it to count toward Canada’s 2020 goal, a promise it made in 2010 under the international Convention on Biological Diversity.
Bob Weber, Canadian Press