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Coming Together, Learning Together

ForEM’s Truth and Reconciliation Working Group (TRWG) is presenting a workshop with the help of Indigenous elders, professionals, knowledge keepers and practitioners from the east coast of Turtle Island.

Our guests will lead and guide presentations and discussions on the sharing of Indigenous knowledge, practices and ways of knowing with both the ForEM faculty, UNB, and the community. We will be discussing topics such as Etuaptmumk, Indigenous/Aboriginal Forestry in Canada, Treaties & Duty to Consult, Indigenous wildlife management and the importance of language.

Thursday, Oct. 24

9 a.m. | Opening Ceremony

Elder Ramona Nicholas and Traditional Wolastoq Grand Chief Ron Tremblay will lead us in ceremony. Forestry and Geology Building (outside weather permitting, or 2nd floor main hallway). Coffee and snacks provided.

9:30 a.m. | Etuaptmumk (Two Eyed Seeing) | Cecelia Brooks, Forestry and Geology 2nd floor main hallway

Cecelia Brooks is the former M’igmawe’l Tplu’taqnn Incorporated (MTI) Director of Indigenous Knowledge. Cecelia is the current instructor of Indigenous Issues and Perspectives in Natural Resources Stewardship course and is also a small business owner and operator.

10:30 a.m. | Wolastoqewi Language and the Environment | Ron Tremblay, Forestry and Geology 309

Known as “spasaqsit possesom” (spuz-akw-zid buz-za-zum) - morningstar burning. He is a citizen of Wolastokuk. In November of 2016, Ron was installed as Traditional Wolastoq (Wa-lus-dokw) Grand Chief. The mandate of the Wolastoq (Wa-lus-dokw) Grand Council is to protect and preserve their non-ceded traditional homeland and waterways.

12 p.m. | Lunch

1 p.m. | The Duty to Consult | Gillian Paul, Forestry and Geology 203

Gillian is a lawyer who holds a Bachelor of Arts from Middlebury College and a Juris Doctorate from the University of New Brunswick. She is the Legal and Governance Advisor for the Wolastoqey Nation in New Brunswick.

1 p.m. | Indigenous Archaeology | Ramona Nicholas, Forestry and Geology 305

Ramona will be talking about her work in Archaeology, her time on the land at Sisson Mine, and her current work at UNB.

2:30 p.m. | Aboriginal Forestry Ten Years Later | Stephen Wyatt, Forestry and Geology 305

Stephen Wyatt is an Assistant Professor for Social forestry and Forest policy at the Faculty of Forestry, Université de Moncton at Edmundston (New Brunswick). His research work focuses on issues of First Nations’ roles in forestry, public participation and the management of private woodlots.

4 p.m. | Group discussion, Forestry and Geology 305

Thoughts on the workshop and the ForEM faculty and programs, Etuaptmumk, and relationship building, reconciliation moving forward.

7 p.m. | Keynote presentation, MacLaggan Hall 53

Mi’kmaq Moose Management on Unama’ki (Cape Breton) Using Etuaptmumk/Two Eyed Seeing

If you ask Clifford Paul, UINR’s Moose Management Coordinator, what his strongest asset is he won’t skip a beat–communication. Everything he does depends on his excellent communication skills, including:

  • moderating community sessions
  • negotiating with government departments
  • participating in discussions with hunters, Elders and youth

As Coordinator of the Moose Management Initiative, Clifford’s role is to engage the Mi’kmaq community in drafting a management plan for moose in the Cape Breton Highlands. Clifford is passionate about this project. “This initiative is a shining example of Mi’kmaq self-government put to action as it employs Mi’kmaq jurisdiction with a Mi’kmaq natural resource in Mi’kmaq territory.”

Friday, Oct. 25

9 a.m. | Coffee and snacks, Forestry and Geology 3rd floor main hallway

9:30 a.m. | Indigenous uses and stories about plants and trees in the Acadian Forest | Cecelia Brooks, Forestry and Geology 305

11:30 a.m. | Lunch, Forestry and Geology 303

12:30 p.m. | Weaving Indigenous and Western Ways of Knowing in Wildlife Ecology, Jesse Popp, Forestry and Geology 305

Dr. Popp is the Canada Research Chair on Indigenous Environmental Science and Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and Environment, at Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick.

Dr. Popp’s interdisciplinary research uses a two-eyed seeing approach to investigate the causes and consequences of wildlife population fluctuations in ecosystems and to Indigenous traditional ways of life.

2:30 p.m. | Indigenous Student and Alumni Panel, Forestry and Geology 305

Current and former Indigenous students will answer questions and discuss their experiences with and in the Forestry and Environmental Management faculty and programs

2:30 p.m. | Piluwitahasuwin Moving Forward, Treaties at UNB | Amanda Reid, Forestry and Geology 203

Amanda Reid Rogers has been named Piluwitahasuwin (Assistant Vice-President Indigenous Engagement) at UNB. Piluwitahasuwin [pronounced BILL-WEE-DUH-HUZZ-WIN] is a Wolastoqey word meaning "one who promotes change in a good way toward truth." Ms. Rogers, RN, is Dakota-Sioux with family and community connections in Wolastokuk.

4 p.m. | Talking circle "Thoughts and reflections on 'Coming Together'", Forestry and Geology 305

5 p.m. | Closing Ceremony

Forestry and Geology Building (outside weather permitting, or 2nd floor main hallway).