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TNC Canada Builds on Nearly 15 Years of Conservation as We Change Our Name to Nature United

The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, will speak about reconciliation and conservation at our celebratory event

Media are invited to attend our celebratory event in Toronto as TNC Canada unveils our new organization name: Nature United. The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, will speak about advancing reconciliation through conservation, as well as thank Nature United and its supporters for investing in Indigenous leadership and authority in Canada.

Chief Clarence Easter of the Chemawawin Cree Nation (Easterville, Manitoba) will speak about how his Nation is protecting natural and cultural values, advancing sustainable forestry and bolstering their local economy, with support from Nature United.

Other special guests include Chief Moses Martin of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation (Clayoquot Sound, British Columbia) and Chief Doug Neasloss of the Kitasoo/Xai’Xais First Nation (Klemtu, British Columbia), also a Board Director for Nature United.

There will also be a performance by renowned Inuk singer Susan Aglukark, OC.

Our Canadian Board Directors will also be in attendance, including: Arlin Hackman, former Vice President and Chief Conservation Officer, WWF-Canada; John Honderich, Chair of Torstar; Shari Austin, CEO of Century Initiative and former VP of Corporate Citizenship for RBC; and Peter Kendall, Executive Director of the Schad Foundation and President of Earth Rangers.

“We can only confront the challenges of the day by working together. By being united in our approach. And by finding new solutions that allow people and nature to thrive. That’s what Nature United has been doing for years in Canada, and our new name reflects this ambition and the progress we are making towards a shared vision of sustainability,” says Hadley Archer, Executive Director, Nature United.

Our new name reflects this ambition and the progress we are making towards a shared vision of sustainability.

Hadley Archer Executive Director, Nature United

Nature United is the Canadian affiliate of The Nature Conservancy (nature.org), a global organization that in 2004 was invited by local groups to join an effort to conserve the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia. Over the last decade, we have celebrated the conservation of 19 million forest acres, including new protected areas, sustainable forestry and First Nations-led science and resource management; as well as more than $76 million invested in community well-being and local economic development.

In the years following, our organization has expanded our approach across other important geographies in Canada, including Clayoquot Sound and along the Pacific Coast, in the Northwest Territories, and eastward across the Boreal Forest.

In 2014, we registered TNC Canada as a Canadian charity and hired our first Canadian Executive Director. We are now headquartered in Toronto, with field staff across the country.

Our new name, Nature United, reflects how we are reimagining conservation—by investing in people to conserve nature as the foundation of strong communities and a prosperous economy. We unite partners in Indigenous and other governments, communities, industries and non-profits to define new pathways towards a sustainable future. Our work is informed by the best global science and supported by the leadership of the world’s largest conservation organization.

On Oct. 9, we celebrated our legacy of conservation and commitment to uniting people for nature in Canada.
Nature United Staff On Oct. 9, we celebrated our legacy of conservation and commitment to uniting people for nature in Canada. © Nature United

Additional Quotes

“Nature United has a proven approach of working in partnership to achieve conservation outcomes for people and nature. By bringing together the right leadership, and tapping into the global expertise of the world’s largest conservation organization, Nature United is building solutions that matter at local, regional and global scales.”—Arlin Hackman, Nature United Board Chair

“Nature United is one-of-a-kind in the way it invests in Indigenous leadership. I joined the Board of Directors because strengthening people is a powerful way of achieving conservation.”—Jess Housty, Councillor, Heiltsuk Tribal Council; Nature United Board Director

“Conservation is no longer just about acres protected; it must also involve working with local people to build sustainable economies—that’s what Nature United has been doing successfully in Canada for years.”—John McCall MacBain, Donor

Interviews

We are happy to facilitate interviews with Nature United’s senior leadership and our Board of Directors

Nature United was founded as an Canadian charity in 2014, building on decades of conservation in Canada. Headquartered in Toronto, the organization has field staff located across the country. Nature United supports Indigenous leadership, sustainable economic development, and science and large-scale conservation, primarily in the Great Bear Rainforest, Clayoquot Sound, the Northwest Territories, and northern Manitoba.

We are the Canadian affiliate of The Nature Conservancy (nature.org), the world’s largest conservation organization, with more than 3,600 staff worldwide, 400 scientists and 1 million supporters. TNC tackles leading conservation threats at the greatest scale to help people and nature thrive, and is working to make a lasting difference around the world in 72 countries.