About the Network

The Northern Indigenous Stewardship Network was established in 2021 to build connections and facilitate 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.

The Northern Indigenous Stewardship Network is led by a Steering Committee of Indigenous leaders from across Northern Canada who are experienced in Indigenous stewardship and guardian programs. Learn more about our Steering Committee here.

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Northern Indigenous Stewardship Network Vision & Way of Life

Vision

Our vision for the North includes:

  • 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

Our Way of Life

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