Laverne Barton walks along one of the fallen logs in Dis'ju, Great Bear Rainforest, BC, Canada.
Looking Up from the Big House Laverne Barton walks along one of the fallen logs in Dis'ju, Great Bear Rainforest, BC, Canada. © Jason Houston

How We Collaborate

Resilience in Action During COVID-19

Our commitment to supporting Indigenous-led conservation remains strong during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We recognize that Indigenous-led stewardship of lands and waters is fundamentally linked to the resilience of Indigenous communities in response to COVID-19 now and in the future.

As part of our approach to working in partnership with Indigenous peoples, we put listening and learning first. So right now we are listening to communities to better understand their emerging and evolving priorities.

Our Approach

As an organization, Nature United believes that the increased authority and capacity of Indigenous peoples to steward their lands and waters is critical for the future of healthy ecosystems and communities, and it results in effective and durable sustainable management over time. Learn more.

Participate in a Thoughtexchange

We have also launched a Thoughtexchange—an online conversation that lets people easily and anonymously share ideas. Sharing Challenges and Strategies for Indigenous Stewardship During COVID-19 is an opportunity for Indigenous Nations to share, learn and connect about the challenges, responses and possible opportunities arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. We encourage anyone working as part of or in support of an Indigenous stewardship team to participate in the conversation.

The Thoughtexchange will be open until the beginning of May and then a summary of the ideas, thoughts and strategies that were shared will be available here. Please check back in early May to see the results.

The information shared will help Indigenous Nations learn and connect with each other, it will also help to inform Nature United's approach as we continue to evolve and respond to the needs of Indigenous Nations caring for their lands and waters.

How We're Responding to COVID-19

  • Nature United’s Indigenous Guardian Technical Support Team has shifted to an entirely virtual support model—hosting monthly webinars, supporting learning opportunities for Indigenous Guardians, and providing introductions and tours of the Indigenous Guardians Toolkit. The Technical Support Team is also offering individual program support to Nations establishing or implementing Indigenous Guardian programs. Contact the Technical Support Team for more information.
  • Nature United continues to provide support for on-the-land youth programming. A compilation of relevant online learning resources has been compiled to support youth during this time of limited social contact with others. 
  • Working directly with our existing Indigenous partners, we are ensuring that our support is responsive and flexible through current grants, additional grants, and support for working virtually.