Reconciliation in Action in Biosphere Reserves

La réconciliation en action dans les Réserves de la biosphère


CBRA Indigenous Circle | Cercle autochtone de l'ACRB

CBRA Indigenous Circle statement "Making a Promise" 2018 | Déclaration autochtone de l’ACRB « Engagement solennel » (2018)

Reconciliation Stories Project

In 2018, with support from the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, 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.

Reflection Papers | documents de réflections

Bras d’Or Lake Biosphere Reserve, Nova Scotia

Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Region, British Columbia


Videos | Vidéos

See some of the videos that bring the above reflection papers to life. Several of the videos are in production and will be launched in 2019.

Bras d’Or Lake Biosphere Reserve

The Bras d'Or Lake Biosphere Reserve includes the Bras d'Or Lake and its watershed. It comprises some 3,600 km2 in the centre of Cape Breton Island, located in Nova Scotia (Canada). UNESCO declared the Bras d'Or Lake Canada's 16th Biosphere Reserve in June 2011.

Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Region, British Columbia

On September 17, 2017, in the spirit of healing and reconciliation, residents and representatives of all communities in the Clayoquot Sound region came together to recognize their unique strengths, shared history, and cultural diversity. Hišinqʷiił represented an opportunity to step forward in a positive direction for the future of the region.

Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region, British Columbia

An innovative governance model for the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region in British Columbia, Canada, demonstrates how UNESCO biospheres are examples of Reconciliation in Action. (Produced in March 2017.)