WEBINAR: Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas In Ontario

In May 2018, Ontario Nature, Plenty Canada, Walpole Island Land Trust, and the Indigenous Environmental Studies and Sciences program at Trent University hosted a three-day gathering in London, Ontario on Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCAs) and related topics. The gathering brought together interested members of Indigenous communities from across Ontario, as well as a targeted audience of representatives from non-Indigenous organizations, government agencies, researchers and students. Participants shared information, insights and explored the concept of Ethical Space and shared governance, the recommendations of the Indigenous Circle of Experts, opportunities to advance IPCAs on Crown and private land, and the potential for partnerships and alliances. Highlights and insights were captured in a summary report titled Transforming Conservation: Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas and a summary video, made in partnership with the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

The goal of the virtual panel discussion was to provide continued opportunity to hear from all four partners involved about the insights, discussions and knowledge shared at the gathering as well as in the report. The panelists participating in this webinar included: Dr. Dan Longboat, Larry McDermott, Clint Jacobs and will be moderated by Anne Bell.

While we had some technical issues in recording the panel, we were able to record the last half of the incredible discussion that took place. You will find that recording here.

If you have questions or insights about any of the concepts discussed during the panel, feel free to post in the comments below and we’ll seek responses from the panelists!

Panelist Bios:

Dr. Dan Longboat – Rorohiakewen (He Clears the Sky) – is an Associate Professor in the Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies, Director of the Indigenous Environmental Studies and Sciences program and the Director of the Indigenous Environmental Institute at Trent University in Peterborough. Dr. Longboat belongs to the Turtle Clan of the Mohawk Nation and is a citizen of the Haudenosaunee, originally from Ohsweken the Six Nations community on the Grand River Territory. Dr. Longboat earned a bachelor’s degree from Trent University in Native Studies with a special interest in Human Psychology. He received a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from York University.

Larry McDermott – Oomsee (Big Night Owl) – is an Algonquin Elder from Shabot Obaadjiwan First Nation and Executive Director of Plenty Canada. Larry is currently a member of numerous organizations including the International Indigenous Forum for Biodiversity, the Canadian Environmental Network, and UNESCO. Larry also provided Elder support for Pathways 1, Canada’s response under the Convention of Biodiversity for expanding Protected Areas. He is a former three-time Mayor and long-time council member of Lanark Highlands, was the first Chair of the Rural Forum of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, was a Commissioner for the Ontario Human Rights Commission, and was on the Ontario Species at Risk Public Advisory Committee. Larry received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Guelph.

Clint Jacobs is Anishinaabe from Bkejwanong (Walpole Island First Nation) on the north shore of Lake St. Clair. He is part of the Natural Heritage Program team that implements numerous initiatives relating to conservation and is also the founder and president of the Walpole Island Land Trust. Walpole Island Land Trust is the first First Nations land trust incorporated and registered as a charity in Canada. Its goal is to enhance the ability to conserve and protect ecologically significant habitats and species at risk within the Bkejwanong territory.

The moderator Anne Bell, is the Director of Conservation and Education programs at Ontario Nature since 2007. She holds a Ph.D. in environmental studies and has over 20 years of experience working as an environmental educator, researcher and advocate. You can read Anne’s previous post on Indigenous protected and conserved areas here.