CCIUCN 2018 Priority Initiative: Pathway to Canada Target 1

Pathway to Canada Target 1 is the nation-wide initiative to develop a plan to achieve Canada’s international biodiversity commitment to conserve at least 17 per cent of its land and freshwater by 2020 through a coordinated network of protected areas, Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCAs), and other conservation measures.

Its achievement will require the collective contribution of federal, provincial and territorial governments, Indigenous organizations, municipalities and local governments, non-profit organizations and the private sector. It will also require reconciliation and a renewed nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous peoples. A National Advisory Panel and Indigenous Circle of Experts were formed as part of the Pathway initiative to provide recommendations to federal, provincial and territorial ministers on meeting Target 1.

The recommendations of the National Advisory Panel (NAP) and the Indigenous Circle of Experts (ICE) were submitted to federal, provincial and territorial ministers responsible for parks, protected areas, conservation, wildlife and biodiversity in the spring of 2018. These recommendations will inform the federal-provincial-territorial plan to achieve Canada Target 1. The federal-provincial-territorial plan to achieve Canada Target 1 will be announced in the near future.

Related resources, including reports, videos and information sheets, are available on the Pathway to Canada Target 1 website:

Additional information and resources provided here:

Priorities for 2018

During their most recent meeting, the CCIUCN Board of Directors confirmed the following four priorities for 2018:

1) Engagement in the post-2020 Convention on Biological Diversity Strategic Plan;
2) Diminishing the biodiversity communications deficit in Canada;
3) #NatureForAll;
4) Pathway to Canada Target 1.

The Board also confirmed the following ongoing operational focus:
5)  Growing the CCIUCN membership and engagement
6)  Youth and Young professional engagement.

2018 Annual General Meeting and Forum

The 2018 CCIUCN Annual General Meeting and Forum was held January 18, 2018 in Ottawa. The proceedings were recorded and may be viewed below.

AGM Business Meeting

Agenda items in this video include:

Welcome and report from the Chair: activities of the past year by Nadine Crookes (on behalf of Meg Beckel)

Report from the Treasurer and Membership Committee by Brian Roberts

Report from the Youth Representatives by Shailyn Drukis

Report from the Communications Committee by Risa Smith

Report from the Nominations Chair: Election of Board of Directors by Nadine Crookes

Report from IUCN: Recent and Upcoming Highlights by Frank Hawkins, IUCN North America Office


The IUCN Green List of Protected and Conserved Areas, and
A Global Standard for the Identification of Key Biodiversity Areas: Opportunities for Canada.

Presented by Stephen Woodley, Vice Chair for Science and Biodiversity, WCPA

#NatureForAll : Canadian Committee for IUCN Update

Presented by Karen Keenleyside, Parks Canada

Parks for All: An Action Plan for Canada’s Parks Community

presented by Dawn Carr and Murray Kopp, Parks for All Co-chairs

Pathway to Canada Target 1

Topics in this video include:

Introduction and overview / National Steering Committee
presented by Nadine Crookes and Scott Jones

Indigenous Circle of Experts perspectives
presented by Eli Enns.
During the meeting Eli presented a draft video which is unavailable to post at this time. However, that summary video draws upon the following public videos that we invite you to view: – Western Regional Gathering – Eastern Regional Gathering – Northern Regional Gathering – Central Regional Gathering

National Advisory Panel perspectives
presented by Cliff Supernault and Janet Sumner


Privately Protected Areas in Canada: Linking to the Pathway to Target 1

presented by Michael Bradstreet, Nature Conservancy of Canada

Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas: Looking Ahead, part 1:
Cree Regional Conservation Strategy: Example of Planning Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCAs)

presented by Chantal Otter Tétreault, Cree Nation Government and
Christie Macdonald, Nature Conservancy of Canada

Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas: Looking Ahead, part 2

presented by Steven Nitah, ICE Member and Negotiator for Lutsel K’e Dene First Nations

Due to technical difficulties Steven Nitah’s slides do not display during this video. However, you may still listen to Steven and a pdf file of his slides is available here.

Urban Landscapes and Green Spaces

Topics in this video include:

Park People presented by Dave Harvey, Park People

Connecting People to Nature in an Urbanized Landscape presented by Eva Katic, National Capital Commission and Nick Stow, City of Ottawa