Earthshot Prize

Official Nominator for the Earthshot Prize

Initiative level: National & International Impact

Project Summary

Launched by Prince William and The Royal Foundation in October 2020, The Earthshot Prize is the most prestigious global environment prize in history. Inspired by the decisive decade, the prize is designed to incentivize change and help to repair our planet between 2020 and 2030. Each year, one winner is selected from each of the five award categories: Protect and restore nature, Clean our air, Revive our oceans, Build a waste-free world, and Fix our climate. Each of the winners is awarded $1 million British pounds (approx. $1.56 million CAD).

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National & International Impact

Earthshot Prize

IISAAK Olam's Role

As official nominators, and in alignment with our organizational mandate, the IISAAK OLAM Foundation will be using this global platform to showcase and nominate Indigenous-led conservation initiatives and Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCAs) from across Canada. Through our unique IPCA Earthshot campaign, we hope to inspire nations around the world to recognize and support Indigenous leadership in conservation. See who we nominated in 2022! Link to their resources/socials/websites


The IISAAK OLAM Foundation is a nominator from 2022-2030

Where it's at now

Each year we nominate Indigenous-led conservation initiatives in Canada to the Earthshot Prize during the nomination period which is typically between December and February each year.

Get involved

Stay up to date with our Earthshot nominations by following us on Twitter



Becoming Nominators

The IISAAK OLAM Foundation has been invited to be an Official Nominator for the Earthshot Prize. Each year we will nominate Indigenous conservation initiatives for a chance to win $1 million British pounds.

Each year we will be conducting and an open and transparent process and give opportunities for any Indigenous conservation initiative in Canada to participate in the process.

See this interview with IISAAK OLAM President and CEO Eli Enns for more information on our involvement.

Past Nominees


The Buffalo: A Treaty of Cooperation, Renewal and Restoration

The Buffalo Treaty works to restore plains bison to the landscape and renew relationships between this vital keystone species and Indigenous Peoples of North America This treaty brings together 31 tribes representing over 100 000 people and is the largest Treaty amongst First Nations of the Plains since 1850.

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Kettle Hills Blueberry Patch Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area

The Kettle Hills Blueberry Patch IPCA aims to protect and revitalize the Red River Métis Breadbasket., a culturally significant site integral to the Métis Homeland.

This IPCA covers land that is home to 120 000 Métis.


The Seal River Watershed

The Seal River Watershed is and Alliance of four Indigenous Nations and protects one of the last untouched watershed in Canada. It sustains 5 unique Indigenous nations, and over 260 species, 22 of which are at risk.

The Watershed also stores 1.7 billion tonnes of carbon.


Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks

The Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks are 500-year plans for stewardship ecological restoration and community economic development. The parks partner with local businesses through the Tribal Parks Allies program. This programs allows businesses to recognize the role of the park steward for maintaining the land they operate on and fund their work.

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Wolastoqey and Maliseet Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas

The Wolastoqey and Maliseet IPCAs seek to improve the protection and conservation of the lands and waters.

This is done in the spirit of reconciliation for the Nation, for future generations and for the common goal of sustainability.