What does land-based reconciliation look like in our region, and how do we get there, together?

Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative has been hosting online workshops to learn and discuss how Indigenous and non-Indigenous people and organizations can work together to create and sustain prosperous communities and healthy landscapes in British Columbia, with a focus on the Upper Columbia region.

The ethical space series started in late 2020, with five workshops covering a range of topics, including indigenous authority, revitalizing indigenous law, place based stories, partnerships for caribou recovery, intractable conflict, strategic regional competition, and transformative approaches to land based reconciliation.

Below, you can watch presentation recordings and access more information in the Entering Ethical Space backgrounder and the list of resources and further reading. Y2Y plans to continue this programming, with more workshops and opportunities later this year. Stay tuned!

If you have ideas for future sessions, please let us know.

“Reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians, from an Aboriginal perspective, also requires reconciliation with the natural world. If human beings resolve problems between themselves but continue to destroy the natural world, then reconciliation remains incomplete. This is a perspective that we as Commissioners have repeatedly heard: that reconciliation will never occur unless we are also reconciled with the earth.”                                  

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

Workshop recordings

Session 1

Getting Ready: Ethical Space, Indigenous Authority, and Reconciliation, facilitated by Gwen Bridge

Session 2

The RELAW Program: Revitalizing Indigenous Law for Land, Air and Water with Jessica Clogg, Rayanna Seymour-Hourie, and Shelby Lindley.

Session 3

Indigenous Story and Law with Lauren Terbasket

Session 4

Partnerships for Caribou Recovery: Protecting the Sacred Twin Sisters Area

Session 5

A Ktunaxa Ethical Space Context and Consideration with Michele Sam

Additional reading and resources

The social, cultural, legal and policy landscape regarding the relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada is evolving rapidly. We are all called to explore what reconciliation means to us individually and for our organizations, communities, economies, laws and governance structures.

Here are some resources that may help. If you have additional resources, readings or links to include, please email Nadine Raynolds at nadine (at) y2y (dot) net.

Thank you to our presenters as well as event sponsor for their support: