Indigenous Stewardship & Protected Areas


Much has been accomplished by Indigenous governance institutions, regional organizations and
community groups to advance stewardship and protected areas initiatives in the Hudson Bay and James Bay region. After years of effort, projects have moved from concept to action using a variety of innovative tools and approaches led by Indigenous communities and groups who have stewarded these areas from time immemorial.

The Indigenous Stewardship & Protected Areas Working Group is a coordinated effort between communities to listen and share visions for the future stewardship of the region beyond the complex jurisdictional lines of this geographically immense region, and to provide updates on regional initiatives. It is recognized that Indigenous governance institutions and mechanisms that exist are the appropriate authorities to undertake planning and management of any protections in the Hudson Bay and James Bay region.

Working Group Leader: Colleen Parker, Nunavut Marine Council