Yellowknife, NWT – Two environmental non-profit organizations, Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) and Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society – Northwest Territories Chapter (CPAWS-NWT), who have been operating in the Northwest Territories for decades and recognize the importance of protecting these natural spaces, have signed a Collaboration Agreement to leverage their shared capacity – which means more positive outcomes for NWT.
The organizations are no strangers to working together, having collaborated on projects related to advancing conservation in the NWT since the mid-90s including supporting candidate protected areas in the Dehcho Region. Recently, DUC and CPAWS-NWT have teamed up to assist with efforts to establish an Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area (IPCA) in the Slave River Delta-Taltson watershed area, led by Fort Resolution Métis Government and Deninu Kųę́ First Nation.
The Collaboration Agreement enhances DUC and CPAWS-NWT`s ability to deliver the most effective conservation outcomes for the territory by committing to work on collective goals while sharing expertise, funding, capacity, and other resources. Both organizations also have long-standing relationships with local, regional and Indigenous partners that further strengthen this agreement. Kris Brekke, Executive Director of CPAWS-NWT explains the importance of re-invigorating collective efforts:
“This agreement renews our mutual commitment to working with partners toward achieving conservation outcomes in the NWT and solidifies this collaborative approach moving forward. CPAWS-NWT and DUC have worked alongside each other for nearly three decades in support of communities moving forward with their own protected area proposals.” Brekke explains that this work also contributes to advancing land-use planning and decision-making, which has measurable benefits for the local community and beyond.
Kevin Smith, National Manger of Boreal Programs for DUC agrees, pointing to IPCAs as a valuable common goal: “DUC and CPAWS-NWT are dedicated to working with all partners and stakeholders to conserve NWT’s globally significant wilderness areas, wetlands, wildlife habitats, and waterways. IPCAs are community-driven initiatives that are effective, inclusive, and balanced, working in partnership with all levels of government to achieve common goals around conservation. DUC and CPAWS-NWT are committed to supporting the IPCA process and Indigenous-led conservation.”