How are Indigenous Guardians connecting across Canada?
You are not alone. As communities across Canada build and strengthen Indigenous Guardian programs it is critical that people connect with each other. Connections can lead to people reaching out and asking questions, sharing their experiences, getting support as they build their programs, or coming together to learn from each other.
Here are some ways to connect and share:
- Contribute a resource to the Toolkit. The Indigenous Guardians Toolkit is a place to learn from others, share your experiences and connect with others. Are there resources or information that have helped you develop and strengthen your program that you can share with others?
- Connect with a Guardian on Facebook. An informal forum for people involved with Indigenous Guardian programs to communicate has been set up on Facebook at: Indigenous Guardians Across Canada. Join in the conversation, reach out to others, share your experiences.
- Reach out to someone from another Indigenous Guardian program. Heard about someone’s guardian program? Look for their contact information on the Map of Indigenous Guardians program. Then, reach out and introduce yourself!
- Organize a community exchange. Find a way to visit other communities or invite them to your territory to share stories and strategies about how you are running your Indigenous Guardians program. Learn about a community exchange between the Athabasca Chipewyan Nation and Gwa’sala Naxwadaxw Nations.
- Participate in the National Indigenous Guardians Network. Recently the federal government provided $25 million to fund a National Indigenous guardians pilot program. The Indigenous Leadership Initiative, in collaboration with Environment Canada and Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, is developing and implementing this initiative in the coming year. Stay tuned for details.