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Ontario Greens will work with Indigenous communities to conserve and protect at least 30% of Ontario by 2030

TORONTO -- Ontario Greens will work with Indigenous communities to conserve and protect at least 25% of Ontario by 2025 and 30% by 2030.

TORONTO — Ontario Greens will work with Indigenous communities to conserve and protect at least 25% of Ontario by 2025 and 30% by 2030.

“Indigenous Peoples are the first stewards of this land. And it is the government’s obligation to consult with, work with, and provide support to Indigenous communities to conserve and protect nature,” Ontario Greens Leader Mike Schreiner said this morning before addressing First Nations leadership at the Chiefs of Ontario All Candidates Meeting.

“People depend on nature, and nature needs our protection,” he said “Restoring nature will reduce climate pollution and help us adapt to harmful and expensive extreme weather events like flooding, fires, heatwaves and droughts.”

Ontario Greens will provide Indigenous communities with $1 billion in new funding for climate leadership, mitigation and adaptation.

“Doug Ford has essentially declared war on nature with his pro-sprawl policies,” Schreiner said. “He’s paving over the wetlands that protect us from flooding, polluting the lakes and groundwater that provides us drinking water, and destroying the forests that are home to endangered species. We need to change course urgently, and we need to do it in a way that works in partnership with Indigenous communities.”

Schreiner is speaking at the Chiefs of Ontario All Candidates Meeting this morning at 9:10am.