Reconciliation Stories Project
In 2018, with support from the Canadian Commission for UNESCO and the Community Conservation Research Network, CBRA developed a series of reflection papers and videos describing stories of reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples in Canadian biosphere reserves. The stories are authored by individuals who are connected to the biosphere reserve and provide diverse perspectives on how meaningful relationships are developed and how knowledge can be respectfully shared between cultures.
How Does one build meaningful relationships with Indigenous Peoples?
This is a questions that biosphere reserves have been asking Indigenous friends and partners for some time. In February of 2018, during a national gathering in Ottawa, Indigenous hosts of Canada’s biosphere reserves participated in the creation of a video that provides a number of responses to this important question.
At that same gathering in February of 2018, the Indigenous Circle for Biosphere Reserves in Canada was formalized with the statement "Making a Promise" (« Engagement solennel » in French). The statement asserts that Indigenous hosts of biosphere reserves should be integral to the governance and management of each site, from the establishment and implementation of projects to the development of co-governance and co-management structures that equally respect and value Western and Indigenous knowledge systems and decision-making processes.
Our Reflection Papers | Nos documents de réflexion
Here are some of the stories of reconciliation in Canada’s biosphere reserves, told by residents from both Indigenous and non-Indigenous perspectives.
Redberry Lake Biosphere Reserve, Saskatchewan
Launched on June 17, 2019
by Ian King, Anthony Blair Dreaver Johnston and John Kindrachuk
Ian King, Anthony Blair Dreaver Johnston et John Kindrachuk
For additional reflections about the history and meaning of Treaty No. 6 and the 21st century celebration of Treaty Day by Anthony Blair Dreaver Johnston, Mistawasis Nêhiyawak, click the button below.
Pour d’autres réflexions sur le Traité No 6 et le Jour anniversaire du traité au 21e siècle par Anthony Blair Dreaver Johnston de la première nation Mistawasis, veuillez cliquer ci-bas.
Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region, British Columbia
Launched on January 30, 2019
by ‘Ćumqwa:tun’ (Lawrence) Mitchell, Graham Sakaki, et al.
‘Ćumqwa:tun’ (Lawrence) Mitchell, Graham Sakaki, et al., auteurs
Bras d’Or Lake Biosphere Reserve, Nova Scotia
by Annamarie Hatcher
Annamarie Hatcher, auteure
Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Region, British Columbia
by Erinn Linn McMullan
Erinn Linn McMullan, auteure
Videos | Vidéos
See some of the videos that bring the above reflection papers to life. More videos are in the final stages of production and will be launched this summer.