Indigenous Guardian programs across Canada are breaking new ground and doing some of the most important stewardship work in the country. TNC Canada supports these programs with a Toolkit to network, share, grow, and learn. Learn More >>
As the Canadian affiliate of the world’s largest conservation organization, The Nature Conservancy, TNC Canada is contributing to a global effort to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.
We respect the sacred connection that Indigenous peoples have to their traditional territories, which span 75 percent of the country. And we stand behind our partners as they reclaim their place as the stewards of Canada’s lands and waters.
Our focus is capacity-building. We support First Nations led science and monitoring, which ranges from multiyear grizzly bear DNA studies to comprehensive land and marine planning to Indigenous stewardship programs, in which local people patrol their traditional territories. We invest in emerging leadership and community well-being, which is integral to achieving shared conservation goals. And by helping to strengthen local management and communities, we help our partners disrupt inter-generational trauma and foster healing.
“TNC Canada sets the standard for authentic, collaborative work that respects Indigenous rights-holders and empowers conservation that is locally led and regionally impactful.”
— Jess Housty, Heiltsuk Nation, TNC Canada Board Director
Over the last 10 years, First Nations communities in the Great Bear Rainforest have created 45 new businesses and 767 new, permanent jobs.
Lindsay Willie from the Dzawada'enuxw Nation shares wisdom from her journey to meet the Nuxalk Nation and their Elders.
Our feature story explores how the Kitasoo/Xai'xais Nation and other Indigenous communities in the Great Bear Rainforest are rebuilding ties to their traditional lands and waters.
Teenagers from the Kitasoo/Xai'Xais Nation learn how to share their culture and territory through photography.
By Claire Hutton, Community Conservation Advisor
How a trip to Tanzania is helping to strengthen community conservation in Canada and Africa.
By Allison Martin, Global Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities Program
There were lessons to learn and share in Tanzania about community-led conservation.
Chief Lewis George reflects on a new Ahousaht vision for Clayoquot Sound in the Globe and Mail.
Joining our team from the Ahousaht Nation, Tyson has worked for years to integrate conservation and economic development.
Learn how the SEAS Community Initiative is helping First Nations students take an active role in conservation.
Watch this visually stunning film about the Heiltsuk Nation and Indigenous-led conservation.
A powerful story about Indigenous authority in Great Bear and how TNC Canada is supporting it.
Find out what happened when Indigenous Guardians from across Canada gathered to share wisdom and advance stewardship.
Learn how four First Nations are working together to steward Canada's marine territories.
By Michael Reid, Community Conservation Coordinator
What happens when you bring together people across a 100-million-acre rainforest? Sharing and campfire lessons that could lead to new ways of sharing this landscape.
by Phil Charles, local guide and SEAS coordinator
What helicopters, camera traps and cross-border sharing is teaching us about grizzlies in the Great Bear Rainforest.
by Jenny Brown, Director of Conservation
"Eight years ago, I thought I was just going to Great Bear to lead a few planning sessions. But boy, was I wrong."
The arrival of this small fish in the estuaries of the Bella Coola River were once a cause for great celebration for the First Nation community there, but times have changed.
In Lutsel K'e, a small community on Great Slave Lake in the Northwest Territories, fishing has always been a way of life. But now it's even more important as the Lutsel K'e Denesoline people look to their future.