But in fact, our global organization has supported Canadian conservation for decades. We are proud of our history, which serves as a foundation for the goals and partnerships that drive our work today.
The first Canadian members joined The Nature Conservancy (our global affiliate), seven years after the global organization’s founding.
The Conservancy began partnering with Canadian conservation groups on the real-estate acquisitions of key conservation lands in Canada. Over the years, the Conservancy helped to establish Conservation Data Centres, create the Canada/U.S. Conservation Partnership, and support the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) through partnerships on cross-border conservation projects.
The Nature Conservancy was invited to join the effort to protect the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia. This successful collaboration resulted in a large-scale conservation agreement conserving 19-million acres, including 5-million acres permanently off-limits to logging and the balance managed under some of the world's most stringent harvest standards. Finalized in 2016, the Great Bear Rainforest Agreement invests in local communities to manage the rainforest through ecosystem-based management. TNC also raised $39 million to help establish Coast Funds, which supports First Nation leadership, stewardship and sustainable economic development. Inspired by the success of these partnerships and the innovative approach to conservation finance, TNC Canada is applying the ongoing lessons from Great Bear Rainforest to our priority projects in Canada.
The Nature Conservancy established a new program in Canada’s Northwest Territories at the invitation of local partners who aimed to conserve the cultural, economic and natural values of the Boreal region. Since then, we have partnered with the Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation to support their vision for Thaidene Nene, their traditional homeland. Success will result not only in one of largest protected areas in Canada but also in a precedent-setting model for co-management between First Nations, federal and territorial governments. Together with Lutsel K’e, we raised $15-million to establish the Land of the Ancestors Trust, which—when fully capitalized—will underpin the community’s capacity for stewardship and long-term economic development.
In collaboration with three Canadian environmental groups, TNC Canada embarked on technical research with Tolko to lay the groundwork for conservation, and for stewardship of woodland caribou, an indicator of healthy boreal forests.
TNC Canada received charitable status from the Canada Revenue Agency and hired its first Executive Director.
Today TNC Canada is headquartered in Toronto, with field staff across the country. We add our strengths to those of our partners in government, business, non-profit and communities to advance our vision of a Canada where healthy communities and responsible economic development drive locally and globally significant conservation outcomes.