Cultural Dimensions of Ecological Governance

Date: March 7th, 2013

Where: University of Victoria, Cadboro Commons

Who we are in relation to the natural world is defined by our beliefs, values, actions, and inactions. This panel presentation featuring Elder Florence James, Kelly Foxcroft-Poirier, Linda Sheehan, Oliver Schmidtke, and Kathy Wachs explored diverse understandings of cultural-ecological relationships and governance.

The speakers explored the question what is the relationship between ecological governance and culture values, norms, integrity, or even cultural identity? 

The event was presented as part of Ideafest 2013, the University of Victoria’s week-long festival of research, art and innovation. It was moderated by Kelly Bannister and sponsored by the University of Victoria’s Centre for Global Studies and the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance.

Event Videos

Cultural Dimensions of Ecological Governance: Introduction to Panel Presentations
by Dr. Kelly Bannister (Event Moderator), Co-Director, POLIS Project on Ecological Governance

Spiritual Dimensions of Environment and Relationships to Land
by Florence James, Elder and Educator, Penelakut Tribe, Coast Salish

Advancing Law and Culture to Achieve Life in Harmony with Nature
by Linda Sheehan, Executive Director, Earth Law Centre and former Visiting Scholar, Centre for Global Studies

Environmental Governance: Collective Action and the Role for Culture
by Dr. Oliver Schmidtke, Director, Centre for Global Studies and Professor, Political Science and History, University of Victoria; Jean Monnet Chair, European History and Politics

A Journey from a Walk in the Woods to Becoming Part of a Global Movement
by Kathy Wachs, Co-Founder, Chemainus Residents Association and Community Liason, Chemainus Biodiversity Education Project

Exploring Hupakwanum: Art as Advocacy for the Nuu-chah-nulth Fishing Rights Decision
by Kelly Foxcroft-Poirier, Member, Tseshaht First Nation; Fellow, Vancouver Island University’s Institute for Coastal Research; Affiliate, Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council Fisheries Department (Uu-a-thluk)