Canada First Nations Carbon Resources

Carbon Resources with a Focus on Canada and its First Nations

These carbon resources include First Nation websites, studies, a carbon primer, videos, articles, and news stories.


Conservation Through Reconciliation Partnership

The Conservation through Reconciliation Partnership’s main message is one of hope. We are supporting Indigenous governments, organizations, and communities who are leading the bold, transformative change needed to heal relationships between humans and our planet.

RAD (Restore, Assert and Defend) Network
Indigenous-Led Conservation Finance. We are currently at a crossroads. The twin crises of climate change and biodiversity loss threaten us, while their solutions may undermine traditional land stewards and Indigenous communities.

Studies & Discussion Papers

First Nations Carbon, a BCAFN Discussion Paper

February 2022

The BCAFN advocates for the Aboriginal Title, Rights and Treaty Rights of First Nations in BC by supporting First Nations laws, systems of government, jurisdiction and traditions. We envision a future where our inherent laws, lands, and traditions are recognized and respected by governments, industry and the general public.

Large Soil Carbon Storage in Terrestrial Ecosystems of Canada

January 28, 2022

WWF: Canada’s first-ever national carbon map reveals the location of billions — yes, billions — of tonnes of carbon stored in ecosystems across the country. This data, and how we use it, could alter the pace of climate change.


Carbon Primer

Nature For Justice, May 31, 2023

Geologic carbon storage

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources & Energy, November 23, 2022

Read our approach to create a framework to regulate geologic carbon storage in Ontario.


Calculating Carbon for Conservation using InVEST

Ontario Nature, November 2022

Ontario Nature’s Graeme Smith shows how to use InVEST to calculate carbon in an area of conservation interest and create a carbon stock map in ArcGIS Pro with this data.

How Carbon Projects are Addressing Climate Change and Conservation in Ontario

May 12, 2022


Could an Indigenous conservation area in Hudson Bay also be the key to saving carbon-rich peatlands?

The Narwhal, November 6, 2021

The Mushkegowuk Council has been pushing to protect the area in northern Ontario — a major carbon sink the size of Portugal — for decades

Carbon-Mapping Mushkegowuk Territory
WWF-Canada is supporting the Mushkegowuk Council’s efforts to map and monitor carbon stored in their traditional territory


TORYS: The Far North Act and Bill 43

November 19, 2021

The Far North Act was enacted in 2010 and provides a framework for the creation, implementation and coordination of community-based land-use plans through a joint process between First Nations in the region and the Province of Ontario.

Bill 43 proposes to amend the Far North Act to facilitate economic development and to enhance provisions that encourage collaboration between the Province and First Nations. The proposed amendments were recommended by a joint process between Ontario and the Nishnawbe Aski Nation.


Doug Ford opens door to storing CO2 underground to help hit climate change targets

CBC, April 21, 2023

Ontario government looking to carbon capture, following Alberta, Saskatchewan
Ontario's carbon emissions rose only slightly in 2021 and pandemic-driven shifts could be why

CBC, April 15, 2023

New figures show Ontario’s carbon emissions remain below pre-pandemic levels.
Canada mining push puts major carbon sink and Indigenous lands in the crosshairs

MongoBay, June 2, 2022

A massive mining project called the Ring of Fire is being proposed in Canada’s Hudson Bay lowlands, a region that houses one of the biggest peatland complexes in the world and is home to several Indigenous communities.
The Moose Cree First Nation Hopes To Finally Work with the Ontario Government on Conservation of Watershed

Nature Canada, December 2, 2021

Canoeing down the North French River is like entering an era before colonial Canada: sturgeon swim in the river, warblers fly overhead and lush boreal forest spreads in every direction.

News Releases

Government of Canada and Mushkegowuk Council working together to protect western James Bay
Parks Canada, August 9, 2021
Memorandum of Understanding signed to launch a feasibility assessment for a proposed National Marine Conservation Area in western James Bay and southwestern Hudson Bay.