Joining the RAD Network to Envision the Indigenous Conservation Economy

We are excited to share that Sam Whiteye, Indigenous Leadership Director with CC, is heading to the East Coast for a gathering with the Restore, Assert, and Defend (RAD) Network on Envisioning the Indigenous Conservation Economy.

With a collective of Indigenous leaders, interested Nations, Indigenous communities, and partners, the RAD Network is setting out to envision and develop conservation finance solutions that are Indigenous-led and nature-based.

Sam will bring learnings from her work with the Conservation Impact Bond (CIB) around ethical space, co-creation, and two-eyed seeing approaches in a conservation finance model.

A Co-creation Journey

The gathering will be focused on co-creating a shared vision of the RAD Network’s path ahead supporting Indigenous-led conservation through sustainable finance pathways with the following goals:

  • Advancing Indigenous rights, responsibilities, and knowledge systems through Indigenous-led conservation initiatives
  • Growing Indigenous-led conservation economies
  • Support long-term community well-being

Topics discussed will include conservation finance, nature-based solutions, IPCAs, capacity building, policy, governance, and jurisdiction.

The gathering will take place on the unceded and unsurrendered Territory of Wolastoqiyik (New Brunswick) from April 24th to 27th, 2023.

About the RAD Network

The RAD Network’s efforts emerged from the Conservation Through Reconciliation Partnership (CRP). This work is dedicated to researching, sharing knowledge, and visioning conservation finance solutions that will:

  • Restore relationships and Indigenous knowledge systems
  • Assert rights
  • Defend lands and waters

To learn more, visit their website here.

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