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Exploring Indigenous peoples’ right to conservation in Canada

The recent adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (“UNDA”) provides a renewed opportunity to ensure Indigenous peoples’ right to conserve and protect the environment is upheld. This right emulates from Indigenous peoples’ unique relationship with land that is inseparable from their socio-legal, political and spiritual systems. Upholding a right to conserve and protect the environment is especially important if we are to safeguard the health and well-being of Indigenous communities, who are disproportionately impacted by environmental injustices and prevent further environmental racism.

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