The Boreal Learning Network was developed in response to the urgent call to protect Canada’s boreal forests, and to address the challenges faced by ENGOs and First Nations in communicating, planning and negotiating with one another.

The Boreal region is a significant proportion of the Canada’s land mass. It stretches through 7 provinces and 3 territories from Newfoundland and Labrador to the Yukon.

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The time is now to form important conservation policies in the region. There are many stakeholders involved in these efforts: First Nations, ENGOs and industry, all play an active role. The goal of the BLN is to facilitate the relationships amongst these groups and within this huge region. Over time, the project has succeeded in building relationships and deepening understanding amongst participants.

Boreal Learning Network 2013/14

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.

The first component of this program is the Strategic Watershed Action Planning in the Prairies (SWAPP). This is currently being implemented to achieve directed conservation outcomes, around and within BLN gatherings. SWAPP provides ENGOs, industry, and First Nations with an opportunity to create new partnerships around watershed planning strategies and education. SWAPP is helping coordinate the formation of specific collaborations based in First Nations communities.  The second component was a BLN gathering held in Manitoba from March 11-13, 2014.

Boreal Learning Network 2012

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The Boreal Learning Network 2012 provided ENGOs and First Nations with an opportunity to come together, strengthen existing relationships, and to consider, develop and implement strategies to significantly increase the effectiveness and impact of their collaborative partnerships in the Boreal.

We supported ENGOs and Aboriginal communities in supporting land-use planning initiatives, as well as continued to build bridges between First Nation communities and CBFA signatories through our Learning Network retreats, Direct Management Assistance (DMA) for ENGO and First Nations partnerships, and online engagement to continue to nurture relationships and collaborations.

Boreal Learning Network 2009-2011

Manigotagan River

The Boreal Learning Network 2009-2010 built on our successful 2008-2009 effort. The participants were clustered into two regional networks to enable us to focus on shared challenges among groups and communities.

Central Boreal Learning Network

This regional network consists of participants from Ontario, Manitoba, Quebec, and Newfoundland and Labrador.

Western Boreal Learning Network

This regional network consists of participants from Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, the Northwest Territory and the Yukon.

Boreal Learning Network 2008-2009

Manigotagan River

The Boreal Learning Network 2008-2009 centered on three sessions that took place from May 2008 – February 2009 in Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario in a scenic retreat setting within an hour’s drive to a major city.

Here is a copy of the 2008-2009 Project Summary Report.