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Join us in our journey to break down social barriers and get everybody outside and taking conservation action.

Social justice and conservation goals belong side by side.

The world of conservation is shifting. Organizations, academics, and individuals in Alberta are realizing that conservation and social justice goals belong side by side. At CPAWS Southern Alberta, we believe this work is long overdue for us and Alberta’s conservation community as a whole. By working closely alongside partners from equity deserving communities, we hope to change the reality of colonial environmentalist culture by promoting diverse voices, framing nature as a positive space for all, and removing barriers against participating in conservation. CPAWS Southern Alberta recognizes that decolonization and social justice are the future of conservation and commits to a healthy, resilient, wild Alberta for all. We look forward to working with all Albertans to spark even more smiles and faces in nature and conservation.

Read through our bioDIVERSITY commitments and explore our resources section below for more educational information and links to some great organizations promoting diversity in the outdoors.

The Facts

Working on social justice and conservation goals together leads to stronger, more effective conservation outcomes.1

If we do not approach sustainable land use through a lens of decolonization and social justice, we do so at both human and ecological costs.2

Equity deserving communities, including those with disabilities, queer individuals, newcomers, and Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) communities, may face numerous barriers in accessing nature, including physical distance to green spaces, expensive activities, unsafe or inappropriate gear, lack of resources on recreating safely, and social barriers such as lack of representation. These barriers make it difficult to connect with nature, which is essential for driving environmental action.3,4

Indigenous peoples have been denied access to their lands through colonization, which has impacted their ability to carry out their ancestral responsibilities as land stewards, creating yet another barrier for taking eco-action.5


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Our bioDIVERSITY commitments

Reduce barriers for individuals and communities that feel unwelcome or excluded from the outdoors

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Amplify diverse voices and stories in conservation

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Amplify Indigenous-led conservation efforts to protect Treaty lands for future generations

Acknowledge and educate on the history of Indigenous erasure in conservation and the outdoors

Support the great work being done in conservation by equity deserving communities

Work towards an inclusive, welcoming, and safe CPAWS Southern Alberta

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Further reading on why and how we can be more inclusive in the world of conservation: