When: Friday, September 21, 2018
6:30 pm -7:30 pm, followed by a reception

Where: Centre for Social Innovation – Annex, The Garage
720 Bathurst Street, Toronto, M5S 2R4

Free Event
RSVP to paul(at)sustainabilitynetwork.ca 

Join us for a conversation with members of the Indigenous Circle of Experts (ICE), conservation leaders and scholars to reflect on the role of ENGOs in supporting Indigenous-led conservation in Canada. Hear examples of Indigenous conservation efforts throughout Canada and learn about tools being produced to support ENGO involvement.

Eli Enns

Co-Chair of the Indigenous Circle of Experts, Eli is a Nuu-chah-nulth Canadian political scientist and internationally recognized expert in bio-cultural heritage conservation. He is co-founder of the Ha’uukmin Tribal Park in the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve on Vancouver Island. Eli is a Research Associate at The Polis Project on Ecological Governance at the University of Victoria and serves as the Regional Coordinator North America for the Indigenous Peoples and Community Conserved Territories and Areas (ICCA) Consortium.

Marilyn Baptiste

A core member of the Indigenous Circle of Experts, Marilyn is a councillor and former Chief of the Xeni Gwet’in First Nation in British Columbia, one of the six First Nations that make up the Tsilhqot’in Nation which was awarded the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision declaring Aboriginal title in 2014. In 2015, Marilyn was awarded the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize, the world’s largest international award for grassroots environmental activism.

Steven Nitah

A core member of the Indigenous Circle of Experts, Steven is a negotiator for Lutsel K’e Dene First Nations and advisor with the Indigenous Leadership Initiative. A former MLA elected to the Northwest Territories Legislative Assembly, Steven was also elected Chief of Lutsel K’e Dene First Nations (LKDFN) in 2008 and has been the lead negotiator on behalf of LKDFN with the Government of Canada for the creation of a protected area in Thaidene Nene, with shared jurisdiction between Crown and First Nations government.

Lisa Young

A core member of the Indigenous Circle of Experts, Lisa is the Executive Director of Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources (UINR), a leading Mi’kmaw natural resources and environmental management organization. Executive Director since 2006, Lisa’s job includes program development and assisting staff in project development and management, as well as participating in developing UINR’s overall direction. She also participates on a number of committees including Pitu’paq, Bras d’Or Lakes Collaborative Environmental Planning Initiative, Mi’kmaq Forestry Advisory Committee, and Advisory Committee on Climate Action and the Environment.

Moderated by:
Dr. Deborah McGregor

Deborah is Anishinaabe from Whitefish River First Nation and an Associate Professor at York University’s Osgood Law School and Faculty of Environmental Studies. As the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Environmental Justice, her research has focused on Indigenous knowledge systems and their various applications in diverse contexts including water and environmental governance, environmental justice, forest policy and management, and sustainable development.

For the Q and A, members of ICE will be joined by allies in the conservation sector, academics and other members of the Pathway 1 process.

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