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Governments have a choice: To take bold action to defend against the decline of species, or to continue to watch iconic animals like caribou and orca vanish from our ecosystems forever. CPAWS-BC is committed to helping them make the best decision.

CPAWS-BC is part of one of Canada’s oldest non-profit conservation groups. We protect wilderness in every corner of BC and deep into the ocean. We have been defending BC since 1978, and are dedicated to keeping BC’s natural environment thriving forever. Nature is BC’s best hope.

The world is facing a biodiversity crisis. Decades of climate change and unchecked industrial development are putting nature under more pressure than ever. British Columbia is on the frontlines of the fight to protect our last remaining large, intact natural land and seascapes, and the plants and animals that depend on them. 

CPAWS-BC has a plan to stem the nature emergency and ensure resilient ecosystems that can weather the storms of a changing climate. When nature thrives, so do we.


CPAWS-BC defends public lands and the ocean. We work with Indigenous, provincial and federal governments with the goal of creating large protected and interconnected areas: places that can nurse nature through climate change and shelter plants and animals forever.

Most of the land, freshwater and ocean in BC and on the coast is held in public trust. It is our shared responsibility to protect it for future generations.

Our work to safeguard large parks, protected areas and wildlife corridors has been instrumental in protecting precious places across the province. Join us in the fight to safeguard special places across the province including Tatshenshini, Muskwa Kechika, South Okanagan-Similkameen, Gwaii Haanas (the southern tip of Haida Gwaii), and the Scott Islands.


CPAWS-BC works on the stolen lands and waters of Indigenous Peoples. Indigenous Peoples have stewarded their territories since time immemorial, and continue to today. 

The conservation movement in Canada was founded on white supremacy and actively sought to erase Indigenous Peoples. One way was the forcible removal of Indigenous Peoples from their land and water, and the attempted severing from their culture. The whiteness of conservation still remains in both leadership and values, which continues to perpetuate systemic oppression and erasure of Indigenous Peoples. But Indigenous Peoples have resisted and endured. As a conservation organization, we have a responsibility to decolonize our work and to ensure that we are supporting Indigenous stewardship, resilience and resurgence. 

We, the staff and Board at CPAWS-BC, recognize that decolonization is an ongoing process that requires all of us to be actively involved and responsible. 

CPAWS-BC is committed to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion within every aspect of our work to protect lands, inland waters, and ocean. We commit to be more inclusive, respectful, and honour Indigenous Peoples in all aspects of our work.

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Inclusive Culture

We will intentionally create an inclusive organizational culture that supports Indigenous colleagues, Board Members, volunteers, and partners.

  • Create space at monthly Justice Equity Diversity Inclusion (JEDI) meetings and training on topics related to intersectionality of Indigenous Peoples, conservation, and other social justice topics to learn and challenge our practices
  • At the beginning of weekly staff meetings, we make time for a Land Acknowledgment followed by a space to discuss and reflect on a topic related to Indigenous Peoples and the lands and waters that surround us
  • Annually evaluate our hiring practices to ensure we are creating inclusive hiring practices
  • Ensure all staff and Board are certified by Indigenous Awareness Canada (IAC) or equivalent so that non-Indigenous staff will have a better understanding of the lived experiences of Indigenous Peoples• Build flexible job and volunteer structures to meet cultural needs and responsibilities (e.g. time off for cultural events, gatherings, etc.)


You can help safeguard homes for grizzly bear, huge colonies of seabirds, fragile grasslands, endangered orca habitat, and vital stretches of boreal forest. Please join us and help keep British Columbia wild forever


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