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Co-management governance is an essential aspect of land claims in Canada

Updated: Jul 5, 2023

Co-management governance is an essential aspect of land claims in Canada, but there is still so much to learn and improve upon. As someone who has been involved in land claims co-management for over 14 years, I know firsthand how rare it is to have the opportunity to collaborate and learn from colleagues across the Canadian North. That's why the vision of the Co-Management Commons is so important. By building a network of practitioners across Canada, we can collaborate, help problem-solve, and bring more awareness to this level of governance.


At the Co-Management Commons, we are not only compiling all the open-access literature related to our work, but we are also integrating the latest in AI technology to make it more accessible for practitioners. We want to keep bringing more value to our sector by cultivating a place for social networking amongst our peers, and a shared space for open dialogue in forums.


It's crucial that people involved in co-management governance advocate for their roles and the proper implementation of land claim agreements. We need to keep advancing the field of co-management and ensuring that it is properly enforced and implemented. Join the Co-Management Commons mailing list to stay up-to-date on professional development opportunities, webinars, and in-person networking events. Together, we can continue to learn from each other and improve our co-management governance practices across Canada.


The Co-management Commons logo is a symbol of collaboration and stewardship. Inspired by the practice of co-management in Canada, it embodies the shared responsibility we have for our lands, waters, and wildlife.

The circular image at the center of the logo represents the countless individuals who work together to make co-management a success. Through hard work, dialogue, and a commitment to learning, we are able to create a shared space for different levels of government and local communities to come together in the spirit of collaboration.

The rectangle behind the "commons" symbolizes the many places where co-management happens - from boardrooms and offices to community halls and forums. It's in these spaces that we share knowledge, engage in research, and work towards a common goal.

The colors of the logo are inspired by the natural beauty of the North. The white and yellow-white of the North Star - a vital navigational tool - reminds us of the importance of direction and purpose. The reddish, orange, and yellow hues of the Sundog reflect the complexity of co-management practice, as different perspectives and knowledge systems come together to create a shared vision.

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