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

In late 2020 Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative hosted an online workshop series 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 the British Columbia’s Kootenay-Columbia.

This workshop series is designed as a package, building from one session to the next, so we encourage you to review all three recordings, below.

More information is available in the Entering Ethical Space backgrounder. We have also created a list of resources and further reading, below.

“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

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: