Matawa Environment Gathering 2018

UPDATE: This event has now concluded.  Please see the CBC news article from the event at:

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When: December 11-13, 2018

Where: Airlane Hotel & Conference Centre, Thunder Bay

Matawa member First Nation Elders, lands and resource staff, environmental monitors & stewards, communication officers, former MMTC members and other interested members will gather for two principle workshops: 1) Climate Change Adaptation and 2) Watershed Stewardship.  The intent of these workshops is to put community priorities at the forefront of future environmental initiatives by providing a forum where Matawa members can discuss and steer problem definition, goals and project design.

Climate Change Adaptation Workshop

Lead by Laurentian University’s David Pearson, and building on Climate Change Adaptation work carried out in Matawa member First Nations and other northern Ontario First Nations, this 1.5 day workshop is intended to establish a foundation of information and knowledge for effective adaptation to weather impacts and climate change in First Nation communities.

Watershed Stewardship Workshop

Effective watershed stewardship in the homelands and traditional territories of Matawa First Nations needs to be rooted in Indigenous culture, and land-based knowledge. Hosted in collaboration with Wilfrid Laurier University, this 1.5 day long workshop will initiate conversations to set priorities for community-based water monitoring and stewardship. Participants will help define the questions and the process that will form the basis for the three-year project.