The Indigenous-Led Conservation Hub was created to elevate the valuable conservation and stewardship work being done by Indigenous people across Canada, and to connect Indigenous communities to resources and information that support their work. The organizations profiled in this section of the CCLM have exceptional online platforms that were designed to meet the specific needs of their Indigenous partners. The CCLM is honoured to help connect our visitors to these organizations’ platforms and the diverse Indigenous knowledge and resources that are available to support them and their conservation efforts.
The graphics for the CCLM Indigenous-Led Conservation Hub were created by Mariah Meawasige, an Indigenous graphic designer. The main image for the page is grounded by a connection to the land. It also shows the connection between two people, and intergenerational learning, as this group looks up to the north star for guidance. They are held in the embrace of two strong evergreen trees and look out across a landscape of wetlands, prairie and northern tundra and deltas. Tender hands from three distinct groups - First Nations, Metis and Inuit - come together to hold space for collaboration and connection around a powerful guiding light.
About the Artist - Mariah’s Story
"I’m an Anishinaabekwe of Serpent River First Nation, a member of the bear clan, and my background includes mixed settler ancestry including Polish and Scottish. I was born and raised along the northern shores of Lake Huron but currently reside in Southern Ontario where I run a small freelance design business, Makoose. My practice is within the worlds of graphic design and illustration but I’m most passionate about identity and story-centered design.
I have been freelancing since 2017, creating with companies and institutions across Turtle Island, primarily with projects that are indigenous-led or that contribute to indigenous wellbeing or futurity. My work is rooted in a deep love of stories and storytelling, and I aim to explore temporalities and place, map memories, and build relationships through design."
Learn more about Mariah’s work at https://makoose.com/ .