Edéhzhíe Dehcho Protected Area and National Wildlife Area (Canada)
The Wyss Foundation is making a three year, $750,000 commitment to help the Dehcho First Nation in Canada’s Northwest Territories establish an Indigenous guardians program to conduct on-the-ground co-management of the 3.5 million acre Edéhzhíe National Wildlife Area. Edéhzhíe, which the Dehcho First Nations identified for protection through an indigenous land use planning process, will protect a unique wetland ecosystem that provides essential habitat for migratory waterfowl, moose, bison, wolverine, and caribou. The indigenous guardians program that will be created through this grant will expand the Dehcho’s existing guardian work, recognize the leadership of the Dehcho in caring for the land, and ensure that the Dehcho people benefit economically from the management of this area. Of the three-year commitment, $275,000 has been immediately granted and will be administered by Ducks Unlimited, as a partner in the International Boreal Conservation Campaign. Additional grants will be contingent on the federal government and the Government of the Northwest Territories in securing final designation of this area as a National Wildlife Area, co-managed by the Dehcho First Nation and the Canadian Wildlife Service.