The IPCA Knowledge Basket digital resource was launched last month to provide information and advice to support Indigenous governments and conservation groups in their traditional territories.
The project was created by the Conservation through Reconciliation Partnership (CRP), an Indigenous-led network that brings together community leaders, environmental organizations and academics to advance conservation.
“Science doesn’t have all the answers,” said Eli Enns, Nuu-chah-nulth biocultural heritage expert, “Indigenous peoples have knowledge to share. Enns is one of the indigenous leaders of the CRP and co-founder of the IISAAK OLAM Foundation.
Co-hosted by the University of Guelph, the IISAAK OLAM Foundation and the Indigenous Leadership Initiative, this online platform brings together the largest collection of information on the establishment of Indigenous-led protected and conserved areas (IPCAs) , which are the lands and waters that Indigenous peoples have pledged to conserve for future generations, according to a press release.
The University of Guelph has indicated that it will oversee the research undertaken by the partnership and provide administrative support.
The interactive site offers a searchable database of resources and an illustrated guide to creating IPCAs, a growing collection of stories of Indigenous-led conservation initiatives, and links to over 1,000 academic and non-academic resources .
Site visitors are encouraged to browse and gather resources based on their interests and needs, and place them in their own “basket”, while contributing their own resources.
“The knowledge basket will continue to grow over time. It is designed to be a living resource, a place to bring together the best of Indigenous knowledge and Western science and modern technology to solve problems through a two-eyes approach,” Enns said.
Other financial contributors include the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the David Suzuki Foundation, Ducks Unlimited Canada and World Wildlife Fund Canada.