Comment: Guardians program empowers indigenous peoples

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Canada’s shameful treatment of indigenous people was rooted in a double abuse, of both their personal lives and their sustaining values. Now, some of the most significant reforms are being driven and led by indigenous citizens themselves, and by a respect for their cultures and experience. A compelling example is the proposed National Indigenous Guardians Network.

It is a program of stewardship that empowers indigenous people to manage their own lands, in ways that combine the best of modern science with the wisest of traditional indigenous practice, and trains young people to become the next generation of leaders — educators, scientists, and legislators — not by rejecting their culture, but by embracing it.

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