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Aboriginal water issues from an ecological governance perspective

10/03/2007 1:00 pm
10/03/2007 3:00 pm

Room 152, Fraser (LAW) Building, University of Victoria

How we steward water and how we manage our watersheds directly affects the health of people and the environment. Yet many of us are disconnected from the complex environmental, political, economic, and socio-cultural issues surrounding water. Aboriginal communities in Canada are increasingly being put in a reactive position with regard to addressing water issues and asserting Aboriginal rights in relation to adequate drinking water, flooding and mould in homes on-reserve, bathing and other cultural uses, and declining fish habitat in local rivers. The goal of this event is to explore what an ecological governance perspective can contribute to resolving Aboriginal water issues.

An illustrative example involving the Halalt First Nation of Chemainus will be presented to stimulate discussion. Halalt designated Sept 14, 2007 as a special day to honour the Chemainus River and raise awareness about a once-healthy river now threatened by logging and development. About 150 people signed a "Pledge to Our River" which proclaimed the local communities' role as stewards and guardians of the river and called on all governments "to embark on a comprehensive watershed management plan before any more developments can impact Our River and its resources."

Refreshments provided. Please bring your own mug if possible!


Assessing the global status of Pacific salmon

Assessing the global status of Pacific salmon
and new approaches for addressing threats

In collaboration with the IUCN World Conservation Union, the Wild Salmon
Center has embarked on an effort to describe the status of Pacific salmon
across their natural range. I will present our general approach for conducting
assessments and the key results for the completed assessment of sockeye
salmon. I will discuss critical measures that need to be taken to reverse current
trends of declining biodiversity, focusing on the significance of British Columbia.
This effort has been extremely time consuming and difficult, and I will describe
the many challenges we have faced, and will continue to face, to reach our
goal. I will also describe a major initiative to establish a network of whole river
basin protected areas for salmon as a measure to avoid future declines. Great
opportunities exist to establish these in the Russian Far East, a region full of
wild salmon rivers but also under significant threat from mineral extraction, oil
and gas development, poaching, and logging.

Dr. Rand received his BA from Colgate University in Hamilton, New York in 1987, his M.S. and
Ph.D. from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in 1990/1994. He was a
postdoc at University of British Columbia during 1995-1997, and then held a faculty position in
the Department of Zoology at North Carolina State University during 1997-2003. Dr Rand has
been with the Wild Salmon Center in Portland, Oregon since 2003.

Ground Floor Lecture Hall, 2202 Main Mall, UBC
Tuesday October 2, 2007
12:00p.m.– 1:30P.M.
Aquatic Ecosystems Research Laboratory
2202 Main Mall, Room 120
Dr. Pete Rand
Senior Conservation Biologist & Acting Director,
State of the Salmon Program, Wild Salmon Center, Portland, OR


International Riversymposium and Conference on Environmental Flows

09/03/2007 8:30 am
09/06/2007 5:30 pm

Brisbane, Australia

The Environmental Flows conference will run alongside the International Riversymposium providing an opportunity for delegates to 'mix and match' sessions that will best suit them. It will feature presentations on innovative practices and case studies. Additionally, there are workshops and trainings before and after the conference.

Keynote speakers include: Gerald Galloway, Angela Arthington, Kevin Rogers and Patrick McCully.

Some featured sessions include: Providing environmental flow needs in the light of climate change, Capacity building panel discussion, River cultures-ecological futures, The Mekong River, Managing SE Queensland Waterways.

Registration is now open!


Web address:

Sponsored by: RiverSymposium and The Nature Conservancy


Indigenous Food Symposium

07/18/2007 9:00 am
07/20/2007 5:00 pm

From the University of Saskatchewan's Indigenous Peoples Program.

The symposium will help participants increase their understanding of the Aboriginal agricultural food systems and the need to improve local food systems through traditions, education and community development. Join Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community leaders, policy makers, and working groups identify issues, build new partnerships and create change.

Topics include:

  • Aboriginal Developed Nutrition Guides
  • Outreach Programs
  • Preventative Health
  • Aboriginal Owned Businesses
  • Traditional Foods
  • IP Rights
  • Farmers Markets
  • Community Awareness
  • Agricultural Enterprises
  • Food Sovereignty and Security
  • Local Food Sector
  • Environmental Impacts
  • Integrated Resource/Traditional Land Use Plan

Speakers include:

  • Winona LaDuke (White Earth Land Recovery Project)

Location TBA
Cost $300 for Full Package, $100 for Day Package (Some Subsidiaries Available)

Download the PDF of the Indigenous Food Symposium poster

To register for the above program call (306) 966-5539.

For more information on any of the above programs contact:

Priscilla Settee, Ph.D. candidate
Director, Indigenous Peoples Program
Ph: (306) 966-5556. Fax: (306) 966-5567

Alex Munoz, B.Sc., Advanced B. Sc.
Program Coordinator, Indigenous Peoples Program
Ph: (306) 966-2027. Fax: (306) 966-5567