February 12 & 13, 2020   |   Thompson Regional Community Centre   |  274 Thompson Dr. S   |  Thompson, MB
 
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Hosted by the University College of the North, the Land, Air, Water, People and Climate Change Conference will by held February 12 & 13, 2020 at the Thompson Regional Community Centre in Thompson, Manitoba. 

Over the two days, registrants will engage in conversations that will broaden their sense of responsibility on their learning about climate change as a community member.  Presentations will encourage critical thinking about climate change and the way we teach it and the way we learn.  

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Who should attend?

Community members
Community organizations
Business community
Secondary and post-secondary students
Teachers, instructors, faculty, administrators
UCN staff and students

HOW TO GET THERE

Join us at the Thompson Regional Community Centre  (274 Thompson Dr. S) in Thompson, Manitoba.

WHERE TO STAY

Group accommodations have been set up at the following hotels for UCN TRC attendees. Attendees are responsible to book their own accommodations.

Best Western Thompson Hotel & Suites
205 Mystery Lake Road, Thompson, MB, R8N 1Z8 | 204-778-8887
Group Code: UCN Environmental
Booking Deadline: January 11, 2020

Days Inn & Suites By Wyndham
21 Thompson Drive, Thompson, MB, R8N 2B5 | 204-778-6000
Group Code: Coming soon

PROGRAM


DAY ONE: FEBRUARY 12, 2020

7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
REGISTRATION
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
PIPE CEREMONY

DETAILS

Location: UCN Ceremonial Room
Elder Marie Ballantyne

8:45 AM – 9:30 AM
OPENING PRAYERS & REMARKS

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Elder Marie Ballantyne
RD Parker Drum Group

9:30 AM – 10:45 AM
KEYNOTE ADDRESS

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Speaker:
Angaangaq Angakkorsuaq (click for biography)

“You cannot stop the melting of the ice, it is too late. It does not matter if you believe it or not, it is too late. It is time to find someone to be the Hope for mankind. The new world needs people who understand the beauty of the Spirit of the humans. You and I need to change. I hope and pray one of you will become the Hope for mankind. You and I are the citizens of this land. We are the caretakers and the custodians of this land. Find the strength and capacity within yourself to make you the Hope for mankind. Only by Melting the Ice in the Heart of Man will man have a chance to change and begin using his knowledge wisely.”
– Angaangaq

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10:45 AM – 11:15 AM
HEALTH BREAK
11:15 AM – 12:15 PM
SESSION #1 – RESEARCH PRESENTATION

DETAILS

Speaker:
Christa Dubesky

12:15 PM – 1:00 PM
LUNCH
1:00 PM – 2:15 PM
SESSION #2
2:15 PM – 2:45 PM
HEALTH BREAK
2:45 PM – 4:00 PM
SESSION #3 – BUILDING SUSTAINABLE HOMES AND BUILDING CAPACITY ON FIRST NATION RESERVES

DETAILS

Speakers:
Dr. Shirley Thompson, Associate Professor, Natural Resources Institute, University of Manitoba (click for biography)
Marleny Bonnycastle, Associate Professor, Social Work, University of Manitoba (click for biography)
Mino Bimaadiziwin Homebuilder Students, Wasagamack and Garden Hill First Nation (click for biography)

Session Information: 
Postsecondary education that builds students capacity and culturally appropriate homes can solve the housing crisis on reserves. The Mino Bimaadiziwin partnership is funding 15 local students in both Wasagamack and Garden Hill First Nations to design and build homes, learning from a team of builders, architects and engineers. Homes are being built in each community with local wood, wood stoves and traditional knowledge and will be completed in Spring 2020. As well, Idle No More has designed and built homes with and for First Nations with local wood including a “muskrat house” to provide sustainable utilities (energy for cooking, bathing, water, and treating wastewater) when on the land. To scale these programs up and out requires that the same public post-secondary education funding programs off-reserve be available on reserve. The current fee-for-service post-secondary education funding model applied to reserves results in 5 to 10 x the price, creating barriers to community development and to educational attainment.

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4:00 PM
DAILY CONCLUSION


DAY TWO: FEBRUARY 13, 2020

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
PIPE CEREMONY

DETAILS

Location: UCN Ceremonial Room
Elder Marie Ballantyne

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM
OPENING PRAYERS & REMARKS
9:30 AM – 10:45 AM
SESSION #4 – KIKAWINAW

DETAILS

Speaker:
Ron Cook (click for biography)

Session Information: 
In ininimowin, we find the history, the teachings, and the worldview of the inino imbedded in the words. As an oral language, this ensures the continuation of the culture from one generation to the next. The Elders tell us that we cannot just translate our language into English; we have to look more closely in order to understand our ininīwin. In this session, we will examine concepts of land and the natural world based on words in ininīmowin; concepts that give us an insight into our understanding of the world we live in.

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10:45 AM – 11:00 AM
HEALTH BREAK
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
SESSION #5 – FISHERIES AND RESOURCE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

DETAILS

Speaker:
Christopher Clarke – Norway House Fisherman’s Co-Op Ltd.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
LUNCH
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
SESSION #6 – WORK ON LAND IN GRAND RAPIDS

DETAILS

2:00 PM – 2:15 PM
CLOSING REMARKS

BIOGRAPHIES


Shaman, Traditional Healer and Carrier of the Qilaut

FULL BIOGRAPHY

Angaangaq Angakkorsuaq is a Shaman, traditional Healer and Carrier of the Qilaut (wind drum) He’s an Inuit-Kalaallit Elder whose family belongs to the traditional healers of the Far North, a peaceful culture, thousands of years old, the only country in the world where Man lives and there has never been war: Kalaallit Nunaat, Greenland.

His name means ‘The Man Who Looks Like His Uncle’. Since a ceremony in Greenland in 2009 where the “sacred fire” was brought back to Greenland, he has carried the title “Angakkorsuaq” – “Great Shaman”.

His engagement for the environment and indigenous issues has brought him to over 70 countries in the world. Angaangaq is a keynote speaker at international conferences on Climate Change, Environmental and Indigenous Issues. He has represented the Arctic peoples in the United Nations General Assembly, and frequently speaks before governments, at universities, forums and summits.

Angaangaq’s teachings are deeply rooted in the wisdom and oral tradition of his people and summon us to bridge the distance from our minds to our hearts through strength and gentleness; through compassion and love; through courage and grace, bringing about personal transformation and global healing for the times to come.

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Curriculum Consultant for the Centre for Aboriginal Language and Culture at the University College of the North

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Ron Cook was a fisherman on Lake Winnipeg and lived a traditional lifestyle with his wife and five daughters. In 1992, his interest in his first language (ininimowin) inspired him to enter BUNTEP when they offered a B. Ed program for Native Language teachers, graduating in 1997 with greatest distinction. He is currently the curriculum consultant for the Centre for Aboriginal Language and Culture at the University College of the North.

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Becky was raised on the lands and waters surrounding Misipawistik and Lake Winnipeg. Her family spent time in the summer and fall camping and fishing, fostering her love for the land at a young age. She also learned the importance of balance and respect for the all of creation through participation in ceremonies and culture camps.

She received her B.Sc. in Geology and Geophysics from the University of Manitoba in 2006, and her Ph. D. in Marine Geophysics from the University of Southampton in 2015. Since receiving her Ph.D. she was worked on various projects in northern Manitoba. She currently is committed to her traditional education and works with Elders and knowledge holders in her home community of Misipawistik to offer land-based teachings to youth through the Misipawistik Pimatisimēskanaw program.

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Associate Professor at the Natural Resources Institute at the University of Manitoba

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Shirley Thompson is an associate professor at the Natural Resources Institute at the University of Manitoba. She is the principal investigator of participatory research on community-led education on housing with the Mino Bimaadiziwin partnership. Please see more about the partnership at http://ecohealthcircle.com.

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Associate Professor at the Natural Resources Institute at the University of Manitoba

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Marleny Bonnycastle is an Associate professor of Social Work at the University of Manitoba and a co-applicant of the Mino Bimaadiziwin partnership and a researcher on homelessness.

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From Wasagamack and Garden Hill First Nation

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Mino Bimaadiziwin Homebuilder students from Wasagamack and Garden Hill First Nation will also present and discuss their learning and many accomplishments with University of Manitoba students- Jide Oni and James Queskekapow.

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CONTACT

Phone

Kelly Forgala
204-391-4419

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