Aurora borealis

North America

Building partnerships and supporting Indigenous-led initiatives

Quick Facts


distinct Indigenous communities in the Canadian Boreal


of Canadian national parks created with Indigenous Peoples’ engagement


billion metric tons of carbon stored in Boreal forests

Where We Work

Nia Tero has a regional focus in the contiguous land mass now known as North America – in the nations of Canada and the United States, including Alaska.

Nia Tero works across the North American contiguous land mass with and through tribal nations, partnering with Indigenous Peoples to enable Indigenous guardianship of lands and waters.

This work, which is currently focused in Canada and the United States – including Alaska, supports guardianship efforts that prioritize both the restoration and protection of ecological health concurrently with revitalization of Indigenous cultures, languages, and practices.


At nearly 30 million hectares, Sahtu territory is one of the largest in the Boreal; threatened by demand for oil and gas, wood fiber, and commercial fishing. Alongside the Indigenous Leadership Initiative (ILI) we’re supporting Sahtu efforts to secure national support and guardianship of their territory. In September 2019, Canada’s Nature Fund approved initial funding of US$1.9 Million for three proposals submitted by Sahtu for the establishment of Indigenous Protected Areas. With secure co-financing and committed Sahtu leadership, Nia Tero is providing multi-year support for Sahtu guardianship as a foundation for their nationhood.

In early 2020, Nia Tero partnered on video production with James Cameron, Harrison Ford, Peter Seligmann, and Nainoa Thompson for ILI’s Land Needs Guardians campaign. The success of this campaign lends momentum to work with the Government of Canada, ensuring Indigenous guardianship is recognized and supported within post-2020 Biodiversity, Climate, and Sustainable Development Goals. These partnerships have enabled us to amplify government support for Indigenous guardianship within Canada, and globally.

Panoramic view of birch trees in the snow

The Boreal forests are all within the territories of Indigenous Peoples who interweave identity, culture, and guardianship of thriving communities of life at a continental scale.

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