In the second part of this two-part episode of the Courage My Friends podcast COP15 and 30×30: Indigenous-Led Conservation and Saving the Greenbelt, manager at Springwater Provincial Park and former Chief of the Beausoleil First Nation, Jeff Monague, discusses principles of Indigenous-led conservation, the dangers facing First Nations communities from Greenbelt development and the need to shift our thinking in order to reconnect with the natural world.

Reflecting on the meaning of reconciliation, Monague says: 

“We can’t think about conservation if we don’t live or try to live that conservation…We’re not doing that enough. In Canada, the government needs to do more. If it is reconciliation that they’re talking about, then they need to do more…Reconciliation won’t happen if all of your partners are not included. Let’s say we’re going to spend $30 million on a project and then we’ll give 1% of that to First Nations. That’s not reconciliation.” 

About Jeff Monague

Jeff Monague is a member of the Beausoleil First Nation on Christian Island and currently resides near Coldwater, Ont. Presently, he is the manager at Springwater Provincial Park. He has been an instructor of the Ojibwe Language and has taught at every level, from junior kindergarten to post secondary at Georgian College. His book Ahaw Anishinaabem for beginners of the Ojibwe Language is available on Amazon. He is a former Chief and Councillor of his community on Christian Island and has been the Treaty research director for the Anishinaabek Nation. He is also a Canadian military veteran.

Transcript of this episode can be accessed at or here. 

Image: Jeff Monague / Used with Permission

Music: Ang Kahora. Lynne, Bjorn. Rights Purchased

Intro Voices: Ashley Booth (podcast announcer); Bob Luker (voice of Tommy Douglas); Kenneth Okoro, Liz Campos Rico, Tsz Wing Chau (street voices) 

Courage My Friends Podcast Organizing Committee: Chandra Budhu, Ashley Booth, Resh Budhu. 

Produced by: Resh Budhu, Tommy Douglas Institute and Breanne Doyle,

Host: Resh Budhu

This is part two of a two-part episode. Catch up on Part I of this episode here

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