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.


Agenda and Presentations:

Presentation and Presenter
FPIC as a Cornerstone for Watershed Conservation in the Boreal

– Aimée Craft, Public Interest Law Centre
 view_pdf_icon Indigenous Regional Watershed Planning

– Eli Enns, Ecotrust Canada
Fireside chat: Aboriginal Elders and Youth Working Together

– Larry McDermott, Plenty Canada, Algonquin  (Shabot Obaadjiwan First Nation), Ontario Human Rights Commissioner


– Sylvia Plain, Aamjiwnaang First Nation
Panel Presentation: Mini-Project Leaders
United for the Delta! Creating a movement to create keepers of the land and water by passing down stories

– Pierrette Settee, Prince Albert Model Forest Tribal Council
 view_pdf_icon Multi-party engagement in the Island Forest

– Alfred Gamble, Beardy’s and Okemasis Willow Cree Nation
Developing a youth curriculum for wilderness conservation

– Jaymie Leary, Norway House Cree Nation
 view_pdf_icon Presentation: Youth Engagement through Digital Stories

– Amanda Karst, Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER)
Panel Presentation: Youth Engagement in the Boreal
SEAS (Supporting Emerging Aboriginal Stewards) Community Initiative

– Ronnie Drever, TNC Canada
 view_pdf_icon Youth engagement component of mini-project/Junior Ranger Program

– Alfred Gamble – Beardy’s and Okemasis Willow Cree Nation
 view_pdf_iconview_pdf_icon Land based education program

– Gerry Mason, Fisher River Cree Nation
Challenges in Mining Development in Northern Ontario

– Charles Hookimaw, Attawapiskat First Nation

– John Cutfeet, Wildlands League
A Look at a Successful Regional Watershed Conservation Program in the Boreal

Grand Council of the Crees Broadback Conservation Strategy
– Pier-Olivier Boudreault, SNAP – QC