Taking Care of Our Land Symposium
gdo akiiminaan ganawendanaan - May 6-9, 2019
Theme This Year: Climate Change and the Four Elements
The symposium creates opportunities for Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars, as well as traditional knowledge keepers, to engage in dialogue about Indigenous thought while providing mentorship for students who are in the early stages of their engagement with research. It aspires to foster a supportive learning community inclusive of all participants. New this year, we are inviting communities to reserve a booth to showcase their land projects. Public and private organizations and craft vendors can also reserve a display table at the Symposium.
Registration will be closing on April 30, and discounted rooms at the Delta hotel are only available until April 10.
What to expect
Mason Dixon Line
The Band, MASON DIXON LINE, has been entertaining fans since the early 1980’s. Specializing in Traditional Country Music and early Rock & Roll the band continues to tour in both Canada and the United States. A show band of sorts, they have opened for such acts as John Anderson, The Kendalls, Earl Thomas Conley, Johnny Rodriguez, Tom T Hall, Michelle Wright, just to name a few. Roger Daybutch continues to be active in Native issues and has recently written and recorded a song in support and recognition of the recent case “Robinson Huron Treaty”, which has been successful in the court system. The band also provides back up for artists being inducted into the Aboriginal Country Music Association and Hall of Fame. Keeping grass roots is the foundation of the band and their music, never losing sight of where they come from. Enjoy a fabulous evening of foot stomping music, humor/story telling and there’s always room on stage for whoever would like to sing some Merle, Hank, Loretta or a good story/joke.
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Key Note Speaker
Eriel Tchekwie Deranger
Eriel Tchekwie Deranger is a Denesuline Indigenous woman, and mother of two. She is a member of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, Treaty 8 Northern Alberta. Deranger’s expertise is often sought out for university lectures and keynote address at events and conferences the world over. Her experience working within the Environmental Justice and Indigenous Rights field is demonstrated through her with organizations like the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN), Rainforest Action Network (RAN), Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN), and with her home Nation the ACFN.
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Kyle Whyte - Unsettling Urgency with Traditional Knowledge: Indigenous Time, Land and Climate Justice
Kyle Whyte is the Timnick Chair in the Humanities and a professor in the departments of Philosophy and Community Sustainability at Michigan State University. His research addresses moral and political issues concerning climate policy and Indigenous peoples, the ethics of cooperative relationships between Indigenous peoples and science organizations, and problems of Indigenous justice in public and academic discussions of food sovereignty, environmental justice, and the anthropocene.
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NEW THIS YEAR
Ride the rapids in the big canoe!
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Hayden King - Introducing Yellowhead Institute: Research for our Relations
Hayden King is Anishinaabe from Beausoleil First Nation on Gchi’mnissing in Huronia, Ontario. The Executive Director of Yellowhead Institute and Advisor to the Dean of Arts on Indigenous Education at Ryerson University, Dr. King is also an adjunct professor (research) at Carleton University and senior fellow at Massey College. Previously he has served as senior advisor to the Ontario Government, Chair of the First Nations Technical Institute's Public Administration program, scholar-in-residence at the Conference Board of Canada and lecturer at McMaster University. Dr. King's analysis on the Indigenous-state relationship is published widely.
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Pre-Conference Workshop with James Roach, Land Use Planning Coordinator, NALMA
(Monday, May 6)
Topic: Climate Change & Land Use Planning. Community land use planning (LUP) is the process of allocating lands, community resources, facilities, and services with a view to maintain and improve the physical environment and the economic and social conditions of a community. This process helps to enable First Nations to reach unique goals for their lands, ensure sustainable development, affirm rights, establish community values on the development of their lands, and determine the future use of natural resources. Land Use Planning can also help communities prepare for and mitigate the impacts of a changing climate. This workshop will give an overview of community land use planning, guide participants through the process of LUP development, and provide insights into the relationship between LUP and climate change.
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Master of Ceremonies
Unsettling Urgency with Traditional Knowledge: Indigenous Time, Land and Climate Justice
Keynote speaker: Kyle Whyte
Climate change activism and scientific assessments often emphasizes that humans must grasp the urgency of taking swift and decisive actions to address an environmental crisis. Yet many such conceptions of urgency obscure the factors that Indigenous peoples have called out as the most pressing concerns about climate justice. This obfuscation explains, in part, why climate change advocacy remains largely unrelated to Indigenous efforts to achieve justice and engage in decolonial actions. I will show why a politics of urgency can be based in assumptions about the relationship among time (temporality) and environmental change that are antithetical to allyship with Indigenous peoples. I will contrast the time of urgency with some Indigenous traditions of time that center moral qualities of kinship relationships, such as consent, trust and reciprocity, and suggest that such Indigenous traditions articulate crucial conditions for climate and environmental justice, moving forward.
Introducing Yellowhead Institute: Research for our Relations
Keynote speaker: Hayden King
Launching in June 2018, Yellowhead Institute is the first First Nation-led national think-tank and university research centre in Canada. With the aim of supporting First Nations in their pursuit of self-determination, Yellowhead’s emerging research model is community grounded and committed to supporting the expansion of First Nation jurisdiction. While Yellowhead’s analysis on federal, provincial, territorial law and policy comprises a significant element of the organization’s approach, the first annual “Red Paper” (launching in June 2019) considers First Nation strategies to assert responsibilities to the land and waters, from consent protocols and environmental monitoring to blockades. Much of this work is obligation-based, undertaken in the service of our non-human relations and to ensure enduring rights of future generations. In this presentation, Dr. King will introduce Yellowhead Institute, elaborates on the Yellowhead research model, and offer an early overview of Yellowhead’s first Red Paper.
- Carly Armstrong, Director of Education and Training, National Aboriginal Lands Managers Association (NALMA)
- Nairne Cameron, Associate Professor, Dept. of Geography & Geology, Algoma University
- Rose Cameron, Associate Professor, Dept. of Social Work, Algoma University
- Courtney Fiacconi, Honours Geography Student, Algoma University
- Richard Fleming, Research Scientist, Great Lakes Forestry Centre
- Cheryl Jamieson, Vice-President, Shingwauk Anishinaabe Students’ Association, Algoma University
- Skip Jones, Elder, Garden River First Nation
- Deborah McGregor, Associate Professor & Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Environmental Justice, Osgoode Hall Law School/York University
- Allister Morrison, Indigenous Services Canada
- William Osei, Professor, Dept. of Geography & Geology, Algoma University
- Patricia Owl, Director of Lands and Economic Development, Batchewana First Nation
- Jessica Pickett, Ontario Aboriginal Lands Association (OALA)
- Clayton Ralph, MNDM
- James Roach, National Aboriginal Lands Managers Association (NALMA)
- Joe Tom Sayers, Director, Anishinaabe Initiatives Division, Algoma University
- Judy Syrette, Elder
- Chunhua Zhang, Associate Professor, Dept. of Geography & Geology, Algoma University
• Academics – faculty, students (undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral)
• Practitioners – economic development, land management, community planners, community engagement, land claim negotiators
• Non-governmental organizations – Indigenous lands, environment or economic development organizations
• Government departments (municipal, provincial, federal)
• Band Council members and Community members (youth, women, and elders)
• Anyone else who is interested in climate change
The Call for Presentation Proposals is now open (until Dec. 31, 2018). Please submit your proposal. Climate Change topics can be focussed on plans, policies, and/or actions. For topics apart from Climate Change, please associate your proposal with one of the Four Elements (Earth, Air, Fire, or Water).
- Industry and Government (Federal, Provincial or Municipall): $300 (1 exhibitor with meals and 1 booth provided)
- Community: $225 (1 exhibitor with meals and 1 booth provided)
Arts and Crafts Vendor Registration
Are you interested in being a vendor or exhibitor at this year’s symposium? To register, we’ve included a section for vendors and exhibitors on the main participant form. Enter your contact information and scroll down to view the exhibitor and vendor questions. Please skip the questions that do not apply to you.
Presentations are listed alphabetically according to the last name of the presenter. An exact time schedule will be released in the next couple of weeks.
- Lauren Bell, Invasive Species Centre, “Invasive Species of Algoma” (Workshop)
- Laura Boisvert-Marsh, Great Lakes Forestry Centre, “Integrated Assessment of Canadian Forest
Vulnerability to Climate Change” (Presentation)
- Ryan Bullock, University of Winnipeg, “Indigenous business leaders’ perspectives on renewable
(bio)energy: benefits, opportunities, risks, and barriers” (Poster)
- Kerry Ann Charles, Cambium Aboriginal Inc., “Adaptation Planning within First Nations in Ontario”
- Sue Chiblow and Deb McGregor, York University, “Decolonizing Anishinabek Inaakonigwin (law) and
Gikendaaswin (knowledge) Research” (Presentation)
- Robin Clark, Michigan Technological University; Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan; Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, “Gathering Giizhik on a Changing Landscape” (Presentation)
- Tracey Cooke, Invasive Species Centre, “Invasive Species, Climate Change, and Community Action”
- Pete Cott, Department of National Defence, “Environmental Clean-up of Abandoned Military Fuel
Caches in the High Arctic” (Presentation)
- Robert Croll, Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC), “A Tribal Adaptation Menu for Culturally Relevant Climate Adaptation Planning” (Presentation)
- Eriel Deranger, Indigenous Climate Action (Keynote Presentation, Wednesday, May 8)
- David Flood, Wahkòhtowin Development, “Toward Full Participation – Wahkohtowin” (Learning Circle)
- Sheila Gruner, Algoma University, “Land Rights and Governance in the Context of Land Use and
Development Policy” (Presentation)
- Don Jackson, “Shingwauk’s Teaching Wigwam: Crucible for Cross-Cultural Synthesis” (Presentation at
- Hayden King, Ryerson University (Keynote Presentation, Thursday, May 9)
Shauna Lapatak, Atikameksheng Anishinabek, “Developing Indigenous Environmental Keepers” (Panel)
Kathy-Lynn Morrish and Brad Cole, Zhashagi/Blue Heron Environmental (Workshop)
- Wayne Penno, Stantec Consulting Ltd and Stan Kapashesit, Moose Cree First Nation, “Assessing Climate
- Change Impacts on Community Infrastructure and Developing a Community-Based Adaptation Plan” (Workshop)
- Raymond Ruhaak, University of Liverpool, England, “The Development of the European Knowledge
- Economy and Systems and Institutions of Early Globalisation and Landscape Change” (Presentation)
- Linda Savory Gordon, NORDIK/Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains/Northeastern Ontario Rail Network, “The Iron Horse Travels Lightly on the Land” (Mi’kmaq VIA Rail Employee) (Presentation)
- Dorothee Schreiber, “Bringing ecology back in: a panel discussion with the TEK Elders” (Panel)
- Deondre Smiles, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Geography, The Ohio State University, “Niwiidosemaa Aanikoobijiganag-Walking with Ancestors: Anishinaabe Bodies in the Settler Colonial State” (Presentation)
- Isabell Souliere, Missinabie Cree & Mushkegowuk Council, “Environmental Steward Monitoring on Climate Change Impacts & Adaptations” (Presentation)
- Paulette Steeves, Algoma University, “Caring for Relations on the Land: Respect and Reciprocity in Handling Artifacts” (Presentation)
- Kyle Powys Whyte, Michigan State University (Keynote Presentation, Tuesday, May 7)
- James Wilkes and Ian Attridge, Trent University, “Toward the Land’s Return” (Panel)
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*Please note that presentation content represents the views of the author
- Climate Change Adaptation Planning within First Nations in Ontario, Kerry Ann Charles, Cambium Aboriginal Inc. (presented Tuesday, May 7)
- A Tribal Adaptation Menu for Culturally Relevant, Climate Adaptation Planning Robert Croll, Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC) and Robin Clark, Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan (presented Tuesday, May 7)
- Integrated Assessment of Canadian Forest, Vulnerability to Climate Change, Laura Boisvert-Marsh, Great Lakes Forestry Centre (presented Wednesday, May 8)
- Gathering Giizhik on a Changing Landscape, Robin Clark, Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa, Ph.D. Student, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, Michigan Technological University (presented Wednesday, May 8)
- The Development of the European Knowledge, Economy, Systems and Institutions of Early Globalisation, and Landscape Change Raymond Ruhaak, University of Liverpool, England (presented Wednesday, May 8)
- Environmental Clean-Up of Abandoned Military, Fuel Caches in the High Arctic Pete Cott, Department of National Defence (presented Thursday, May 9)
- Decolonizing Anishinabek Inaakonigiwn (law) and Giikendaaswin (knowledge) Research, Deborah McGregor, Associate Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School and Faculty of Environmental Studies & Sue Chiblow, Garden River First Nation, Ph.D. Student, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University (presented Thursday, May 9)
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