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World Environment Day on 5 June 2022 is the biggest international day for the environment. Led by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and held annually since 1974, the event has grown to be the largest global platform for environmental outreach, with millions of people from across the world engaging to protect the planet.

 

To mark UNEP’s 50th anniversary and Canada’s historic and continuing role in addressing the triple planetary crisis, UNA-Canada produced a series of educational materials for primary and secondary school students. The material covers such topics as conservation and restoration, current environmental challenges and Canada’s accomplishments in climate change, environmental protection, and the history of UNEP.

 

This project has been made possible by the Government of Canada.
 

Indigenous peoples and the Environment

'At least a quarter of the world’s land area is owned, managed, used or occupied by indigenous peoples and local communities. While nature in these areas is degrading less quickly than in others, the impact of climate and ecosystem change has a direct impact on local livelihoods.

 

[...] most indigenous peoples suffer disproportionately from loss of biological diversity and environmental degradation. Their lives, survival, development chances, knowledge, environment and health conditions are threatened by environmental degradation, large scale industrial activities, toxic waste, conflicts and forced migration, as well as by land-use and land-cover changes (such as deforestation for agriculture and extractives for example). These challenges are further exacerbated by climate change'.- United Nations Environment Programme.

We believe that action must be taken immediately and that one of these actions should be educating Canadians on Indigenous Conservation. In line with our mission to educate Canadian youth on global issues and grow global citizens, we have developed an Indigenous Conservation Toolkit for primary and secondary school teachers as part of our educational material.

Throughout the month of June 2022, we will be running a Teach-in campaign. The goal of the campaign is to raise awareness about the rights and conservation of Indigenous people and their land among Canadian youth.

We ask you to join our campaign by distributing information about the toolkit to the relevant people (teachers, educators) on your social media, via newsletter, or word of mouth.

 

If you are a teacher, we ask you to use our toolkit in one of your classes to help us in this mission towards more equitable and sustainable world.

 

Feel free to share your action online by tagging us or using the hashtag #UNACANADATEACHIN. 

Currently, High School Indigenous Conservation Toolkit is only available in English. We apologize for the inconvenience.