Indigenous peoples and their traditional knowledge, innovations and practices have key roles to play in biodiversity conservation, sustainable use, and benefit-sharing.
In Canada, many Indigenous groups work to conserve biodiversity for the sake of future generations. Indigenous peoples are the traditional caretakers of Canada's biodiversity and are the stewards of some of Canada's least disturbed ecosystems. Indigenous Canadians are active in the development of sustainable resource management practice, and protected areas designation and co-management.
Among a number of Articles of the Convention that pertain to Indigenous peoples, Article 8(j) is key linking in-situ conservation of biodiversity to the preservation and maintenance of the traditional knowledge, innovations and practices of Indigenous peoples.
The Secretariat of the Convention has created a Traditional Knowledge Information Portal, an online resource for research and sharing information on traditional knowledge of biodiversity, especially pertaining to Article 8(j).