The 2013 – 2014 program builds on our successful efforts over the past several years and is designed to strengthen First Nations and environmental NGO (ENGO) boreal conservation collaborations.

There are 2 components to this program:

1) The Strategic Watershed Action Planning in the Prairies (SWAPP)

SWAPP was a logical next step for the BLN as it was designed to provide a more directed space with a specific audience and targeted conservation outcomes.  SWAPP provided ENGOs, industry, and First Nations with an opportunity to create new partnerships around watershed planning strategies and education. SWAPP helped coordinate the formation of five collaborations based in First Nations communities within the Saskatchewan River Delta and around Lake Winnipeg.  For more information on SWAPP, please click here.

2) A BLN Gathering in 2014 (March 11-13, 2014)

A BLN retreat was held at Windy Hill Learning and Wellness Centre, Hillside Beach, Manitoba.  This session focused on building the capacity of participants whose communities and organizations are engaged in watershed conservation in the boreal.  Within this theme, we examined and explore the following themes:

1)    Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) as Cornerstone for Watershed Conservation in the Boreal;

2)    Engaging Aboriginal Youth in Conservation Projects;

3)    A Regional and Collaborative Approach to Watershed Protection and Planning.