As the fire season intensifies and communities face new rounds of drought and flooding, concerns about the health of the planet deepen. But this summer may also bring cause for hope. When the United Nations recently issued a dire report on the state of the natural world , it identified an important bright spot. Lands and waters managed by Indigenous Peoples tend to be healthier than other areas. These traditional territories, though still facing threats, sustain the animals, plants, clean air and fresh waters that are in dangerous decline elsewhere. Elder Garry Sault makes a healing salve out of local plants comfrey, plantain, olive oil and bees wax during a conference on expansion of indigenous protected areas in Canada at the University of Guelph. (J.P. MOCZULSKI / For The Toronto Star) I see this in our communities across the country. Our elders call on us to exercise our responsibility “to take care of the land and it will take care of us.” In our territories, evidence shows there is better news for the future of caribou, lynx, salmon and other animals. Indigenous elders, youth and a new generation of Indigenous women leaders are ensuring the land supports us. Now […]

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