The RAD Network

Working with Indigenous Nations and Communities to restore relationships and Indigenous knowledge systems, assert Indigenous rights and responsibilities, and defend lands and waters.

We are a growing network of Indigenous leaders, Knowledge Carriers, Guardians and allies working toward a shared vision for decolonized and regenerative Indigenous-led conservation. Together, we seek to bring sustainability and abundance to Indigenous-led nature and climate solutions, in part through financing to support community and conservation visions. Through collaboration, co-learning and reciprocity, we seek to connect Indigenous Nations and Communities to the resources and tools needed to advance Indigenous-led conservation such as Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCAs) and nature-based solutions.


“Rad Voices”

This short film features Indigenous voices from coast-to-coast-to-coast sharing their stories and perspectives at the RAD Network’s Spring 2023 gathering, “Envisioning the Indigenous-led Conservation Economy”. Watch the video for a glimpse of the gathering and hear from some of the diverse but aligned voices that are coming together to create our emerging network. Scroll on to read the full report from the gathering, below.

Directed by Jeremy Williams (River Voices Productions).

Report: Envisioning the Indigenous-led Conservation Economy

We’re excited to share the report from our Spring gathering, “RAD Network: Envisioning the Indigenous-led Conservation Economy”. In April 2023, we came together with over 80 individuals on Wolastoqiyik Territory at St. Mary’s First Nation, Sitansisk (also known as Fredericton, New Brunswick), to connect, exchange and envision pathways forward. The gathering clarified our collective vision and provided a springboard for further action.

The report – which was collaboratively developed with input from participants – summarizes the rich dialogue from the gathering and lays out priorities, actions and outputs for the RAD Network to pursue moving forward. The report is rich in insights on a range of topics, with reflections from our guest Knowledge Carriers, Elders, youth, land guardians, legal experts Indigenous leaders and many others. Key themes of discussion included community kinship, jurisdiction, markets, policy and advocacy, values, voice and communication, youth engagement, the rights of nature, and tools that can advance our goals in these areas. Read on to learn what RAD is all about.


The graphic recordings, below, provide a visual summary of some of the key takeaways, including ideas for future RAD Network work stream activities, as well as key themes and values that we seek to weave into the fabric of our emerging network.

Credit: Mind’s Eye Creative

Get Involved!

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