Group hopes federal budget will launch Indigenous guardians’ network across Canada – CBC
Ottawa asked to provide $500 million; on-the-land employment for hundreds promised
Mar 16, 2017
A national non-profit is hoping next week’s federal budget creates a network of Indigenous guardians across Canada.
In October of last year, the Indigenous Leadership Initiative asked Ottawa for funding totalling $500 million over five years to set up the network.
If successful, up to 1,600 First Nations people — including many from Northern communities — would be hired to act as paid protectors and monitors of their traditional lands. Existing local projects and a similar Australian initiative have been used as models.
March 22’s budget will reveal how much, if any, funding the project has secured — and whether funding may come at the expense of other programs.
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