The mission of my Wild Gift Project – Earth Justice Initiative (EJI) - is to use grassroots organizing and coalition building to support indigenous First Nations of Canada who are protecting their traditional territories in North America’s largest wild forest ecosystem. Globally, only 20% of the world’s original forests remain intact. The largest wild forest in North America is the boreal forest – the world’s greatest reservoir of fresh water, and the biggest storehouse of carbon beyond the ocean. Canada’s vast boreal forests are being rapidly exploited for extraction of timber, energy and mineral resources. EJI believes the most strategic and responsible way to advance human rights and protect the boreal forest is to partner with First Nation communities who are working to protect their traditional territories. EJI works with a coalition of 50 organizations toward its goals including recognition for the right of First Nations to say ‘no’ to industrial extraction - as enshrined in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples - and protection for Ontario’s Boreal Forest.