Conservation through Reconciliation Partnership

An Indigenous-led network that brings together a diverse range of partners to advance Indigenous-led conservation and IPCAs across Canada

Initiative level: National Impact

Project Summary

In 2019, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) awarded 7 years of project funding to the Conservation through Reconciliation Partnership (CRP). The IISAAK OLAM Foundation, the Indigenous Leadership Initiative (ILI), and the  University of Guelph (UofG) co-host the CRP, which also weaves together a wide range of partners across Canada. Partners include the David Suzuki Foundation, World Wildlife Fund Canada, and the Canadian Wildlife Service at Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) among many others.

The CRP committed to establishing three legacy outcomes:

  1. The National IPCA Alliance – organizational support for Indigenous governments that have established an IPCA;
  2. The IPCA Knowledge Basket – an online platform to share knowledge and build capacity and community for IPCAs;
  3. A network of IPCA Innovation Centres – space and places that foster IPCA innovation and develop knowledge products for IPCAs in Ethical Space.
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National Impact

Conservation through Reconciliation Partnership

IISAAK Olam's Role

In addition to being a co-host of the CRP, the IISAAK OLAM Foundation is an active partner, from design and contributions to the IPCA Knowledge Basket, coordination of the Pacific IPCA Innovation Centre, and leadership of the "IPCA Economics, Infrastructure and Financing" stream.

We believe in the power of this initiative to support a 'We Rise Together' movement and approach to supporting IPCAs across Canada. Anyone interested in getting involved in the CRP can reach out to our team to learn more.

Our team has also been involved in hosting some of the CRP's Virtual Campfire Series webinars. These are fantastic (and free) resources on all sorts of topics connected to IPCAs. Check them out here.


This 7 year partnership continues until 2025

Where it's at now

The CRP recently launched the IPCA Knowledge Basket, a unique virtual space that builds capacity and knowledge on IPCAs. Designed with a Two-Eyed Seeing approach, this beautiful website invites visitors to consider values such as reciprocity and respect when engaging with the platform. The IISAAK OLAM Foundation played a key role in designing and incubating the IPCA Knowledge Basket, which has become a legacy project of the CRP, and now lives independently as a resource for all to engage with.

The Pacific IPCA Innovation Centre is connected to the third legacy outcome of the CRP and is currently under development.



Get involved

Check out the recently launched IPCA Knowledge Basket