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The Outdoor Recreation Council of BC has invited SKABC to “send” a couple of representatives to the webinar described in the title of this post with the hope that “webinar participants will put some of these lessons into practice and build a community of outdoor leaders working to improve outdoor recreation and its role on Indigenous territories.” If you’re interested, please let me know by replying here. Here’s the full message from the ORC:
Dear ORC members,
On Tuesday, May 11th from 7-8:30 pm, the Wilderness Committee and the Outdoor Recreation Council of BC will host a webinar about the true context of outdoor spaces here, and how to ensure outdoor recreation activities are done with respect for Indigenous protocols and laws.
Please join us for this conversation about Indigenous rights and decolonization in the outdoors. Space is limited to 1-2 representatives per group or organization. Click here to register.
This event will feature speakers who will discuss the history of these lands and waters, the role of Indigenous communities in stewarding the places enjoyed by all, and the responsibility non-Indigenous outdoor leaders have to incorporate this knowledge and respect Indigenous rights.
Gisele Martin is a language educator and Tribal Parks Guardian from the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation.
Mariah Charleson is an outdoor educator from the Hesquiaht First Nation and vice-president of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council.
Jared Qwustenuxun Williams is a writer, educator and traditional foods coordinator for Cowichan Tribes.
Gisele, Mariah and Jared have all worked in outdoor spaces, written about and advocated for Indigenous land rights, the history of places within their territories and disparities of access to outdoor spaces and barriers for Indigenous people.
The three will share important points and lessons for those of us working in outdoor spaces and striving to do better.
Our hope is that webinar participants will put some of these lessons into practice and build a community of outdoor leaders working to improve outdoor recreation and its role on Indigenous territories.
Space is limited, so please register here. Contact either myself or Emily at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
See you on the 11th.
Executive Director | Outdoor Recreation Council of BC
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