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.

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.

Y2Y will continue to host more learning opportunities on these topics and more, including approaches and models of Indigenous-led conservation across the Y2Y geography.

Equity in Land-Use Planning: Insights from Love-based Practices and Ethical Space 

Thursday, June 23, 2 – 3:30pm PST 

With the recent release of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People Act (DRIPA) Action Plan in British Columbia and the Province’s commitment to advance reconciliation through the Modernized Land Use Planning Program (MLUP), equity in land use planning is of the utmost importance. The landscape of land use planning is changing, but how do we work together to ensure it changes in meaningful ways?  

Elaine Alec from the Syilx Nation and Secwepemc Nation, and partner in Alderhill Planning Inc., an Indigenous-owned and operated planning company, will provide tangible examples of how love-based practices have led to positive results through community planning work. Moe Nadeau, researcher and master’s student at Simon Fraser University, will present on ways in which Ethical Space offers an equitable framework for land use planning, with a focus on the Upper Columbia region. 

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Below, you can watch presentation recordings and find a list of resources and further reading. Stay tuned for future workshops and opportunities!

If you have ideas for future sessions, or resources to share, please let us know by emailing Nadine Raynolds at nadine (at) y2y (dot) net.

“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

2022 Workshops:

Dene K’éh Kusān – Indigenous Led Conservation and the Kaska Dena’s Vision for the Stewardship of Dena Kayeh

Hosted on March 2, 2022, Gillian Staveley, the Director of Land Stewardship and Culture of the Dena Kayeh Institute, shared images, stories, and presented on the process of developing an Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area in Northern B.C.

Previous 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: