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 to 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 of biosphere reserves in Ottawa, members of CBRA’s Indigenous Circle participated in the creation of a video that provides a number of responses to this important question.
During this same gathering in February of 2018, members of CBRA’s Indigenous Circle created the statement "Making a Promise" (« Engagement solennel » in French), which describes the ways in which CBRA’s Indigenous Circle envisions its involvement with Canada’s biosphere reserves, 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 tools.
Reflection Papers | documents de réflections
Here are some of the stories of reconciliation in Canada’s biosphere reserves, told by residents from both Indigenous and non-Indigenous perspectives.
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 in this spring.