First Light is a bridge between conservation organizations and Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, Maliseet and Micmac Communities who seek to expand Wabanaki stewardship of land.
We aspire to reciprocity: our goal is to expand Wabanaki access and stewardship of land for prosperity and to create a stronger conservation movement that includes and reflects Indigenous expertise and perspective. All will benefit from this, and it all begins with the land.
The two graphics below set the scene for our work: one shows Native land loss, the other, the gain in conservation landholdings and the tremendous potential for reconciliation on currently conserved land.
Map of Indigenous land loss on turtle island from 1774-1930, made by Ranjani Chakraborty.
Map of conserved land gain over time from 1869-2020, made by Mapster.