Learn how to transform your relationships with Indigenous partners through the practice of ethical space.
Led by Gwen Bridge and James Rattling Leaf of Gwen Bridge Consulting in partnership with COMPASS’s Sarah Sunu, this interactive two-day workshop will introduce you to the practice of Ethical Space, a powerful conceptual framework designed to support the reconciliation of Indigenous and western worldviews in order to co-create a just and vibrant future. This is a unique opportunity to learn from two leaders in this space; there is nothing else quite like this in North America.
“You illuminated a path forward for one of the most complex social and economic challenges of our time.” – Christopher Nicolson, CEO CWSAA
Indigenous Peoples are key partners for achieving natural resource management and conservation goals. But first, western science professionals need to understand how to collaborate with Indigenous partners in a spirit of respect and reciprocity. The practice of Ethical Space will expand your understanding of Indigenous worldviews and help transform your relationships and collaborations with Indigenous partners.
In this workshop you will:
- Learn about tools and resources to develop your plan for incorporating Ethical Space into your work with Indigenous Peoples
- Build your foundation of core knowledge about Indigenous issues in Canada and the United States, including the impacts of historical and contemporary policies on Indigenous land management
- Understand preparatory steps for ensuring a smooth engagement process with Indigenous communities
- Explore traditional ecological management and research in an Indigenous cultural context
- Meet others who are active in Indigenous engagement
Our virtual workshops aren’t your typical webinar. We keep things moving and engagement high through a combination of facilitated group discussion; brief, relevant and interesting content presentation; and meaningful activities in breakout rooms. This workshop will be six hours over two consecutive days (3 hours per day), with less than an hour of prep work/homework.
By registering for this workshop, you are committing to active participation in the workshop, for the benefit of both yourself and the group. Please also plan to use a webcam whenever possible during discussion and breakout room portions of the workshop. Due to the progression of materials presented and the paired exercises, we cannot admit participants who are more than 15 minutes late. More information can be found in the FAQ page on our website.
Who could benefit from this workshop?
This workshop is open to anyone working on natural resource management, conservation, or traditional ecological knowledge topics who is or soon will be developing relationships with Indigenous Peoples and would like to improve their relationships and reciprocity.
The workshop will be held on the video conferencing platform Zoom. If you are unfamiliar with the platform, this one-minute video explains how to join a meeting. You will need a webcam, microphone, and stable internet connection. Recommended upload/download speed is 5Mbps/5Mbps. Test your internet speed here by clicking “run speed test.”