Symposium on Indigenous Peoples’ Land Rights with Ethnoecology and Ethnobotany: Strategies for Canada’s Future

May 2-5, 2017




Main conference to be hosted at the David Strong Building, University of Victoria

99111 Ring Road, Victoria, BC, V8P 5C2

One day as guests of the T’Sou-ke First Nation

North-West of Victoria

Agenda Overview

If you are a registered participant, please click here to access the detailed agenda (for participants only).

Day 1 (May 2) - Welcoming Reception for all Participants & Atl'áqimma "spirits of the forest" Dance

  • Welcome to the Lekwungen Territory
  • Atl'áqimma "spirits of the forest" Dance under the authority of Clan Chief Adam Dick (Kwaxsistalla), of the Qawadiliqalla Clan of the Tsawataineuk people of Kingcome Inlet (Kwakwaka'wakw)

Day 2 (May 3) - Setting the Stage: Recognizing the importance of plants and place for Indigenous peoples of Canada

  • Registration
  • Opening & Welcoming
  • Introduction: Indigenous Botanical Knowledge and Environmental Values
  • First Nations’ Stories and Ceremonies Relating to Plants and Plant Use - a conversation circle
  • Legal Context for Indigenous Peoples' Land Rights and Responsibilities
  • Xaxli'p Survival Territory: Colonialisim, Industrial Land Use and Biocultural Sustainability
  • Human-Plant Relations and Indigenous Law
  • First Nations’ Plant Relationships in the Archaeological Record
  • Recent Resource Use Conflicts and Court Challenges involving Forests, Oceans, Plants, and Ecosystems; examples and analysis
  • 7:30pm Keynote Talk: Dr. John Ralston Saul, author of The Comeback and A Fair Country (open to the public)

Day 3 (May 4) - Case Studies and Considerations for the Future

  • Opening & Welcoming
  • Living from the Land: Food Security and Food Sovereignty, Today and into the Future
  • Traditional Medicines from Culture Specific Gathering Sites Improve Indigenous Peoples' Health
  • Conversation Circle What Plants Tell Us about Indigenous Culture and Aboriginal Title to Land
  • Afternoon theme: Case examples from the International Arena
  • Aotearoa New Zealand: Maōri Experiences of Access to Plants and Plant Resources
  • U.S. Case Study. Navigating the Imagined Wilderness: Contested Native American Plant Gathering Traditions in America's National Parks
  • Kipuka Kuleana: Restoring Reciprocity to Land Tenure and Resource Use in Hawai'i
  • Using Ethnobotanical Evidence in a Swedish Court: Girjas Sami Village vs the Swedish State
  • Conversation Circle: Plants and Indigenous Environmental Stewardship, Protected Areas; New Models for Indigenous Governance (e.g. Great Bear Rainforest, MaPP)
 Spring Beauty or Mountain Potato  (  Claytonia lanceolata )

Spring Beauty or Mountain Potato (Claytonia lanceolata)

Day 4 (May 5) - The Way Forward: A Day in T'Sou-ke Nation Territory

  • T’Sou-ke Nation
  • Living on the Land, Today and into the Future
  • Working Together: How Can Ethnobotany and Ethnoecology Contribute to improving the Lives of Indigenous Peoples? 
  • Outing in T’Sou-ke territory and T’Sou-ke community
  • Closing of the Symposium

Days 5-7 (May 6-8) : Optional Tour to UNESCO Biosphere Reserves and ICCA Tribal Parks

  • Take an educational journey through two UNESCO biosphere reserves on Vancouver Island. Learn about the ethnobotanical work of Indigenous communities in the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region, then join a Tribal Parks gathering in the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve.
  • Tour organized by Eli Enns and Monica Shore.
  • Registration for the Island Tour will close on April 15th.
  • Details here