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We are an Indigenous and Northern-led network that builds connections and facilitates information-sharing amongst Indigenous guardian and environmental stewardship programs across Northern Canada. We work as a collective to support Indigenous governance, capacity building and cultural connections for our communities to be empowered as stewards of the land.

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The Northern Indigenous Stewardship Circle is honoured to announce that Dane Nan Yḗ Dāh Kaska land guardian Tanya Ball has joined the team as NISC’s Guardian Coordinator. 

Tanya will be helping to launch the pilot program, Northern Guardians Leadership Fellowship and more importantly, bringing her vast knowledge in the field to help NISC find ways to support Guardians across Northern Canada. 

Tanya previously served as a Steering Committee member for NISC. We are grateful for your guidance at the Committee level. Mahsi Cho. 

If you’re a Northern Guardian, reach out and say hi anytime.  

Welcome Tanya! 


Our Vision is for:

  • Indigenous peoples empowered to oversee our own lands, waters, and wildlife

  • Unity amongst Northern Indigenous peoples, cultures & communities

  • Health and wellness in Northern communities

  • Strong capacity and highly qualified Indigenous people leading stewardship and guardian programs of our land and waters

  • Robust resources, financial stability, and employment and training supports that empowers stewardship programs to focus on the land

  • Community-led, culturally-based stewardship and knowledge-sharing methods and tools rooted in Indigenous knowledge and culture, as well as Western science



The way of life and values that guide our work as a network include:

  • Respect for the land, environment, and each other’s cultures

  • Resourcefulness - working with what we have

  • Strong communication and involvement of people in the community

  • Embracing traditional and cultural identity in everything we do

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