National Observer – wrap up of reactions: On Budget 2018’s allocation of $1.3-billion to meet international commitment to protect 17 per cent of Canadian land and 10 percent of water by 2020: Valerie Courtois statement:

“Canada has made a bold investment in protecting the lands and waters we all depend on.

We are encouraged by the recognition that Indigenous Peoples will play a central role in reaching Canada’s goals, and we look forward to learning more about how they will support and collaborate with Indigenous Peoples in planning, creating and managing new protected areas.

Indigenous governments across the country are creating land use plans, identifying protected areas and proposing national parks. Dedicated funds are needed to support more land use planning and accelerate Canada’s progress toward the goal of protecting at least 17 per cent of lands in the next two years.” — Valerie Courtois, the director of the Indigenous Leadership Initiative

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