A New Indigenous Protected Area Emerges on Hudson Bay

The Seal River Watershed Alliance will help protect 12 million acres of lakes, rivers, and lands.

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The Seal River Watershed Alliance is creating an Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area (IPCA) on the western shore of Hudson Bay to help protect 50,000 square kilometers (12 million acres) of lakes, rivers, and lands that sustain cultures and support migratory birds, caribou, and polar bears.

With thousands of years in relationship with the land, water, and wildlife of this region, the Sayisi Dene First Nation—in partnership with its Cree, Dene, and Inuit neighbors—is leading the initiative to protect the entirety of the Seal River watershed. Protecting the Watershed ensures that future generations can continue traditional practices and have access to the generous bounty of its lands and water. 

The Seal River watershed provides vital stopover habitat for thousands of migrating birds on their way to their breeding grounds in the high Arctic—birds like the Hudsonian Godwit. It is also the wintering grounds for the enormous Qamanirjuaq caribou herd.     

Learn more about this region, the Seal River Watershed Alliance, and how to show your support, check out this great interactive guided story!