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TREC 3-Day Workshop | Building Ethical Spaces

May 28 - May 30

TREC 3-Day Workshop | Building Ethical Spaces: Indigenous Worldview and Knowledge, Pragmatic Advancements in Reconciliation

Tuesday, May 28th, Wednesday, May 29th, and Thursday, 30th

AM Session: 10:00am – 12:30pm Mountain time; Break: 12:30-2:00pm Mountain time; PM Session: 2:00-4:00pm

Presented by: Gwen Bridge and James Rattling Leaf, Sr.

Hosted by: April Nishimura, TREC

This 3-day workshop, led by Gwen Bridge and James Rattling Leaf, Sr., will ground participants in understanding indigenous perspectives on reconciliation, conflict and indigenous knowledge and law. Following a framework for improved indigenous relations, the workshop will build skills and knowledge to improve understanding and support creativity in navigating indigenous relationships. Understanding cultural intelligence and bias, and how your organization can build a stronger foundation for indigenous relations is critical. We will explore what is meant by “all my relations”, differences between indigenous knowledge and science, and implementations for systems change within organizations. 

The sessions will include opportunities to think through challenges and apply tools to improve you and your organization’s engagement readiness. Applied examples of ethical space-based relationships will be shared. 

You will come away from this training with increased skills and knowledge for how to advance meaningful relationships with indigenous peoples and organizations. 

*We ask that you commit to attending all three days of this workshop as the conversations and content will build on each other over the three days. Also, we encourage multiple staff from your organization to attend this workshop to deepen the learning and application of this content.

Register for Workshop Today! (deadline for registration is Friday, May 17th)

Workshop Schedule: 

  • Session 1: Tuesday, May 28th, (am session) 10am-12:30pm MT/(break) 12:30pm-2pm MT/(pm session) 2pm-4pm MT
  • Session 2: Wednesday, May 29th, (am session) 10am-12:30pm MT/(break) 12:30pm-2pm MT/(pm session) 2pm-4pm MT
  • Session 3: Thursday, May 30th, (am session) 10am-12:30pm MT/(break) 12:30pm-2pm MT/(pm session) 2pm-4pm MT

*This program is made possible by the generous support of Wilburforce Foundation and is offered free of charge.

Presenters Bio’s:

Gwen Bridge:

Gwen Bridge is a member of the Saddle Lake Cree Nation and has been working for over 20 years with First Nations, all levels of government, and the private and nonprofit sectors, across North America, developing relationships and strategies that advance reconciliation. Gwen has been negotiating initiatives and advising on strategies and policies that recognize and implement Indigenous Knowledge, such as in the proposed South Okanagan Similkameen National Park Reserve. Gwen has also recently advised the BC government on better considering indigenous knowledge in collaborative land use planning and forestry-related climate change considerations. Supporting local governments includes developing strategies and principles for becoming “Cities of Reconciliation” and advising on climate change policy and economic development engagement strategies. Indigenous-led conservation focuses recently include the Smelqmix Protected Area and caribou habitat conservation advancement in the territory of the Okanagan Nation Alliance. A recent focus is advancing an understanding of the ecological, economic, and equity-based partnership mechanisms to support our collective reconciliation agenda through training. Other clients include First Nations and First Nation organizations, Parks Canada, US National Parks Service, National Geographic Society, additional nonprofits, regional and municipal governments including Metro Vancouver, other consulting firms, the University of Washington, Blue Quills University, BC Ministries of: Environment, Indigenous Relationships and Reconciliation, Forests, and Land, Water and Resource Stewardship.

Gwen is an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Forestry at UBC. Gwen has a Master of Science in Forest Hydrology from the University of Alberta.

James Rattling Leaf Sr.:

I am a citizen of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. My work is centered at the Wolakota Lab, LLC, which works to serve and support Indigenous peoples’ nation rebuilding efforts through the effective and respective application of Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Western science. I have over 25 years’ working with the U.S. federal government, higher education institutions and non-profits to develop and maintain effective working relationships with federally and non-federally recognized American Indian tribes, tribal colleges and universities and tribal communities. I specialize in supporting Indigenous engagement strategies, teaching Cultural Intelligence (CQ) methods and developing programs that utilize the interface between Indigenous people’s traditional knowledge and Western science. I see a greater vision of human knowledge that incorporates the many insights of human cultures and provides a context for our better understanding of the planet and the world. 

I am a founding member of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Indigenous Alliance that was established at GEO Week 2019 in Canberra, Australia, to foster a continued, effective, respectful, and reciprocal relationship with GEO and representatives of indigenous communities from around the world. Currently, I serve in leadership roles with the University of Colorado-Boulder; North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center; Rosebud Sioux Tribe; GEO Indigenous Alliance; and the Ecological Society of America Traditional Ecological Knowledge Section. I was born on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation USA and I have a degree in Lakota Studies from Sinte Gleska University. 


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