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Algonquin Stewardship

Algonquin Stewardship

Throughout Canada, modern forestry practices have introduced rapid changes in Aboriginal livelihoods and natural systems. For several years, Wolf Lake First Nation (WLFN) has prioritized long-term strategies to promote environmental and economic sustainability as an alternative to intensive resource extraction industries on our territory in order to:  provide employment sources for the community’s growing youth population, create economic opportunities that are compatible with the cultural and environmental values and aspirations of WLFN members, and build on environmental education and stewardship opportunities that reflect and strengthen cultural values. (Van Schie 2011) Today both traditional and contemporary ecological interests (e.g., food security in traditional hunting, fishing, gathering and trapping and contemporary interests in eco-tourism carbon storage and biodiversity) form the basis for community watershed and forest conservation projects led by WLFN on their territory.