Note: This page is currently under development. A number of strategic events have taken place since 2012 as part of the Ecological Governance Now initiative. Summaries, transcriptions, power point presentations and videos from these events are being made public as they become available. Thanks for your interest and your patience.
Islands' Spirit Rising: Reclaiming Forests on Haida Gwaii – Book Launch and Panel Presentation
Presenters: Louise Takeda (Author of Islands' Spirit Rising), Guujaaw, Kekinusuqs (Judith Sayers), Michael M'Gonigle, and Martin Bunton (Event Moderator)
Date: March 30th, 2015
Place: University of Victoria, First Peoples House
The newly published book Islands’ Spirit Rising: Reclaiming the Forests on Haida Gwaii examines the long-term conflict over Haida Gwaii’s ancient forests and recent events that unfolded in the context of collaborative land-use planning. In this panel presentation, the speakers traced the evolution of the Haida’s battle to regain control over their homeland, from the early days of Haida resistance to the modern context of alliances, legal battles, and evolving forms of governance. The speakers also reflected on the broader implications of the Haida’s strategies and successes for reconciliation and environmentalism. The event was co-sponsored by the UVic Centre for Global Studies and the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance.
Cultural Traditions on Peace and Conflict for Social Justice, Human Rights and Relational Ethics
Presenters: Kelly Bannister (Event Moderator), Eli Enns, Zhenyi Li, and Moussa Magassa
Date: March 6th, 2014
Place: University of Victoria, David Turpin Building, Room A 104
This panel presentation and interactive workshop explored diverse cultural and philosophical approaches to conflict resolution and peacemaking as they apply to human and Indigenous rights, social justice, and relational ethics. The event was co-sponsored by the UVic Centre for Global Studies and the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance, the UVic Equity and Human Rights Office, the UVic Social Justice Studies Program and the International Society of Ethnobiology, and was part of UVic Ideafest 2014.
Making it Real: Going Beyond Including Traditional Knowledge in Watershed Management, Towards Shared Leadership in Watershed Governance
Presenters: Cheri Ayers, Kelly Bannister (Event Moderator), Eli Enns, Brian Huntington, Tim Kulchyski, Luschiim (Arvid Charlie), Joan Morris, Carrie Terbasket, and Nancy Turner
Date: January 29th, 2014
Place: Cowichan Tribes Territory, Duncan B.C., Comeakin House
This panel presentation and interactive workshop moved towards a vision of shared leadership in watershed governance, and participants were invited to explore what working together on watersheds looks like based on First Nations' cultural knowledge, values and protocols. The session was organized and chaired by POLIS Co-Director Kelly Bannister, and was part of the three-day forum Watersheds 2014: Towards Watershed Governance in British Columbia and Beyond.
Cultural Dimensions of Ecological Governance
Presenters: Kelly Bannister (Event Moderator), Florence James, Kelly Foxcroft-Poirier, Linda Sheehan, Oliver Schmidtke and Kathy Wachs
Date: March 7th, 2013
Place: University of Victoria, Cadboro Commons, Queenswood/Arbutus Rooms
Who we are in relation to the natural world is defined by our beliefs, values, actions and inactions. Ecological governance means embedding ecological values in all levels of decision-making and action, from the personal to the global. What is the relationship between ecological governance and culture values, norms, integrity, or even cultural identity? This panel presentation and facilitated discussion explored diverse understandings of cultural-ecological relationships and governance. The event was sponsored by the UVic Centre for Global Studies and the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance, and was part of UVic Ideafest 2013.
Why Ecological Governance Now More Than Ever? Roundtable on Ecological Governance
Presenters: Kelly Bannister (Event Moderator), Susan Bazilli, Oliver M. Brandes, Earl Claxton Jr., Philip Cook, Marie Cooper, Rod Dobell, Nicole Bates-Eamer, Jacquie Green, Jutta Gutberlet, Jo-Anne Lee, Warren Magnusson, Michael M’Gonigle, Michele-Lee Moore, Louise Takeda, Steven Tyler, J.B. Williams, and Chris Yeomans
Date: March 5th, 2012
Place: Centre for Global Studies, University of Victoria, Sedgewick Building, Room C 168
Why does "ecological governance" matter now more than ever? This question was the focus of the University of Victoria's first Roundtable on Ecological Governance held as part of Ideafest on March 5, 2012. Tsartlip elder and educator Dr. Marie Cooper opened the session and Eco-Research Chair Dr. Michael M'Gonigle gave the keynote address. A roundtable of responses followed from faculty, graduate students and community members offering a diversity of perspectives that spanned political science, geography, environmental studies, public policy, Indigenous rights and responsibilities, racialization and marginalized communities, gender and women’s issues, Indigenous child welfare, and ecosystem-based management of natural resources. Cross-cutting themes drew attention to the need for explicit involvement of gender, youth, Indigenous, and marginalized community perspectives as part of the pathway to reconnecting humans to place and re-imagining our governance systems as situated within ecological systems and relationships. The event was hosted by the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance at the Centre for Global Studies.