By Rochelle Baker, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter CANADA’S NATIONAL OBSERVER Coastal First Nations striving to protect to B.C.’s Great Bear Sea got a boost after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently announced $800 million in funding for Indigenous-led conservation projects. Spread over seven years, the funding will support projects in B.C., Ontario, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories and is expected to protect a total of one million square kilometres, said Trudeau. The prime minister made the announcement at the global United Nations biodiversity conference, known as COP15, underway in Montreal. The investment is a big step toward fostering Indigenous-led conservation and contributing to Canada’s promise to conserve 25 per cent of land and waters by 2025, and 30 per cent by 2030, Trudeau said. The funding destined for B.C. will build
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