Webinar series: Trying to get it right

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Trying to get it right: Indigenous and non-Indigenous alliances working for a better environment

Are you interested in building Indigenous and non-Indigenous alliances to strengthen collaborative initiatives?

The environmental sector and Indigenous communities often have overlapping goals of protecting the health of land, water, air and wildlife.

These similar goals can bring Indigenous and non-Indigenous people together. Different cultures, life experiences and worldviews mean these partnerships can face multiple challenges. Those who are able to overcome these challenges can build strong and lasting alliances that achieve environmental benefits for people and the environment.

In this webinar series we will hear from partners, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, who have work together to achieve a unified environmental goal.

In each webinar the speakers will:

Provide an overview of the initiative they partnered on;

Share the cross- cultural challenges they have faced as partners;

Explain how they overcame their partnership challenges;

Highlight the successes their joint-initiative has achieved.

Please check out a summary of each webinar below. Click here for a complete biography of our speakers.

Important: Read FAQ section to ensure you have the equipment to join the webinar.

February 7, 2018 at 1 p.m. (EST)


  • Dorothy Taylor, Elder, Curve Lake First Nation

  • Cathy Mitchell, Environmental Technologist, Peterborough Utilities

Project: Sacred Water Circle

The Sacred Water Circle (SWC) was created in 2011 in response to a call from Spiritual Leaders and Indigenous Elders for people of all faiths to come together to protect the sacred life on earth. It is an Indigenous and non- indigenous partnership, made up of volunteers from all different spiritual, religious and professional backgrounds who believe water is sacred. The SWC works to include the sacredness of water in policy, community and business decisions by hosting gatherings, conferences and awareness campaigns through community partnerships and projects. SWC provides support and mentorship through programs such as Youth for Water and is a sister organisation of Nibi Emosaawdamajig (those that walk for water). The SWC has 31 community partners including five municipalities and four First Nations.

February 21, 2018 at 1 p.m. (EST)


  • Mary Alikakos, Senior Advisor, Outreach and Program Support Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change

  • Tara Tchir, Project Manager, Thames River Clear Water Revival, Watershed Management Strategy

Project: The Antler River Group from The 4 directions – A First Nation Youth Program on the Thames River

The Thames River has been identified as a priority watershed by the Lake Erie LaMP and Lake St Clair Management Plan. The Thames River Clear Water Revival was established to improve the ecological condition of the Thames River, Lake St Clair and Lake Erie and includes representation from the eight First Nations that are within the watersheds associated with the area.

The purpose of the First Nation youth program is to promote connections, consultation and communication between the eight First Nations that have traditional territories within the Thames River watershed. The youth program provides First Nations youth with the opportunities needed to be engaged in and contribute to the development of a water management plan for the Thames River. Traditional knowledge will be gathered along the Lower Thames River to assist in understanding the Great Lakes water and ecosystem health. This information will help inform future planning for the Thames River Clear Water Revival and Water Management Plan, including shared priorities and opportunities.

March 7, 2018 at 1 p.m. (EST)


  • Susan Robertson, Environmental Planner, People Plan Community

  • Carolyn King, Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation

Project: Credit Valley Trail Indigenous Experience Plan

Susan Robertson and Carolyn King will be discussing the partnerships formed through The Shared Path/Le Sentier Partagé: Toronto’s Newest Discovery Walk© and the Credit Valley Trail Indigenous Experience Plan as part of the Credit Valley Trail Strategy. These projects, which bring the history of the rivers to life along a trail and within public parks, were lead in close partnership with multiple First Nations, Metis and Indigenous communities, various levels of government, government agencies, heritage societies, foundations and ENGOs. Combined, these projects have used Indigenous led planning approaches which emphasize collaboration and participatory planning.

March 21, 2018 at 1 p.m. (EST)


  • Kerry-Ann Charles, Cambium Aboriginal

  • Al Douglas, OCCIAR (The Ontario Centre for Climate Impacts and Adaptation Resources)

Project: Climate Adaptation Planning within the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation Reserve

With funding from Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, Georgina Island First Nation and the Ontario Centre for Climate Impacts and Adaptation Resources (OCCIAR) are partnered to develop a climate change adaptation plan for their community. Combining aspects of Traditional Ecological and Community Knowledge, and a vulnerability and risk assessment approach, this project will help the Georgina Island First Nation deal with the current and future impacts of climate change in their community.


1. What do I expect after registering for the webinars?

After registration you will receive an automatic confirmation email from Eventbrite. About three days before the webinar you will receive an email with Meeting link, Meeting ID and instructions to join the webinar. There will be reminder emails on the day before and morning of the webinar day. You will receive email for any update about the webinars.

2. What do I need to attend the webinars?

To attend the webinar, you need a computer (Mac, Windows or Linex), an iPad, a tablet (Android), or a smartphone (iOS or Android). Your device must be able to connect to a high-speed internet through hard-wired (Ethernet) or Wi-Fi connection. Hard-wire connection usually works best. If you prefer to speak rather than type in the chat box to communicate your questions and comments, you will also need a headset or headphone with mic connected to your device. Telephone option (which is a 647 area code number for Canada) is also available for you to dial in to listen to the webinar; long distance charges will apply to you by your phone service provider.

3. How do I attend the webinar?

We are using Zoom as our webinar platform. For detail instructions please visit Zoom Support. Here's the general instruction:

From a computer (Mac, Windows or Linex): Click the webinar link provided in the email. Follow on-screen instruction to either join the webinar from your default internet browser (no download) or by Zoom Client for Meeting App (download and install required). Enter Meeting ID upon prompt.

From mobile devices (ipad, iphone, or Andriod phone/tablet): Click the webinar link provided in the email. You will be prompted to install or open Zoom App. Enter Meeting ID upon prompt.

4. What happen if I cannot attend the webinar live?

Recording will be made during each webinar. All registered attendees will receive a follow-up email with the recording link shortly after the webinar.

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