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.
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.
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.
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.