Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas Feasibility Study
Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCA) Feasibility Study
The Metis Settlements General Council is working to try and conserve wildlife, habitat, and historical sites in two study areas in northeastern Alberta. These two study areas (Wolf Lake – Touchwood Lake & North Buck Lake – Amisk Lake) have been identified by the 8 Metis Settlements for their cultural, historical, and ecological significance. These diverse ecosystems have a limited supply of wildlife, food, and medicine, which creates a unique opportunity for Indigenous peoples to partner with the government and other interested partners to protect portions of these areas so that all Albertans can continue to sustainably hunt, fish, trap, and gather in them.
The IPCA Feasibility Study is in the concept and information-gathering stages. Once complete, it will help the MSGC identify specific parcels of tracts of Crown lands within the study areas that may be feasible to pursue as conservation areas. We have hired consultants to collect initial feedback from key stakeholders including Indigenous Nations and communities, municipal districts, and several other land user groups in the proposed study areas.
MSGC is not proposing to limit access to these areas for traditional and recreational land users, but rather to conserve habitat for fish, wildlife, medicines, and berries, as well as protect areas of cultural and historical significance to Indigenous people. It is important to note that this initiative is exploring the conservation potential of Crown lands, not private lands, unless there are private landowners who are interested in partnering.
Want to learn more about our IPCA Feasibility study? MSGC IPCA Information PDF
Have questions about the IPCA? See our Frequently Asked Questions.
Metis Settlements General Council
Erin McGregor, email@example.com