SFU CED Public Lectures

SFU's Faculty of Environment invites you to the first talk in the David and Cecilia Ting 2022-23 Dean's Lecture Series.

Tuesday, September 27th 7:00pm - 9:00pm
SFU Vancouver or online

Sxwpilemaát Siyám (Chief Leanne Joe), a Hereditary Chief of the Squamish Nation and Transformative Storyteller for Economic Reconciliation at SFU CED, and Lily Raphael, Systems Transformation Tender will share a path for economic reconciliation based on the Framework they co-authored and released earlier this summer.

Economic Reconciliation is more than just normalizing relations with First Nations, it's about transforming the economy for all our collective wellbeing. Step into the River: A Framework for Economic Reconciliation offers a set of values, mind shifts and practices to support how practitioners, local governments, organizations, institutions and industry partners can engage in reconciliation to meet that desired outcome.

After the presentation, panelists will share their experience in incorporating economic reconciliation into their practice before opening the discussion to the audience.

We invite you to step into the river and be part of this journey. Register here.

Respondents:

Ginger Gosnell-Myers, Nisga’a-Kwakwaka’wakw Indigenous Fellow, Decolonization and Urban Indigenous Policy and Planning, SFU’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue

Marissa Lawrence, Senior Program Officer, First Nation-Municipal Community Economic Development Initiative, Cando (virtual participation)

Chris Syeta’xtn Lewis, Director, Indigenous Initiatives and Reconciliation, Office of the President, Simon Fraser University

Introduction and Closing: Naomi Krogman, Dean, Faculty of Environment, Simon Fraser University

Reservations:

Seating is limited and we recommend you register for the event. Registrations will be held until 6:55 pm at which time they will be released to those without reservations. For those who are not able to attend in-person, the discussion will be livestreamed. Register for a remote ticket to receive the link.

Sxwpilemaát Siyám is a Hereditary Chief of the Squamish Nation and Transformative Storyteller for Economic Reconciliation at SFU CED.
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CED Public Lectures: Archives

Taking Climate Action Together with Megan Lohmann and Maya Chorobik from the Community Energy Association

Wednesday, July 27

We learned about multi-government and stakeholder collaboration opportunities to maximize climate action at the local and regional level and they highlighted the new Local Government Climate Action Program, a funding opportunity now available to all Municipalities, Regional Districts and Modern Treaty Nation. 

Missed it? Watch it here.

Step into the River: A Framework for Economic Reconciliation with authors Sxwpilemaát Siyám (Chief Leanne Joe, Squamish) and Lily Raphael

Monday, June 20

Drawing on Indigenous worldviews about wealth and sustainability, along with the wisdom and lived experiences of Indigenous thought leaders and practitioners in the economic sector in BC, Step into the River: A Framework for Economic Reconcilation explores ways in which economic reconciliation can be a catalyst for transforming our economic system.

The extent to which economic reconciliation can be transformative depends on whether we ourselves are willing to transform. For our economy to shift, we need to rethink what we value, how we relate to one another and how we make decisions. This Framework offers a set of values, fundamental practices and ideas for action to create an impact and embrace transformation. We invite you to step into the river and be a part of this journey.

Watch the CED Public Lecture and launch of Step into the River here.

Download Step into the River: A Framework for Economic Reconciliation here.

The Dividends of Municipal Investments in Banff with Town Planner, Darren Enns

Wednesday, June 15

What an excellent talk from the Town of Banff's Planning & Development Director, Darren Enns; he shared wise practices and lessons for all communities from the Bear Street Shared Street redevelopment; the Roam Transit system; the new Nancy Pauw Pedestrian Bridge installation. 

Watch the video here. 

Climate-Proofing your Food Systems with Community Economic Development with Ione Smith, Upland Agricultural Consulting and SFU CED Instructor of CED Approaches to Food

Wednesday, May 25

Climate change is no longer a future scenario, climate change is here. What does this mean for BC’s food system? This seminar will explore some of the impacts of climate change on our food system and what we can do to mitigate effects. Particular emphasis will be placed opportunities to protect ecosystem services on farmland.

You can listen to the talk here

How to Use Data to Your Advantage; A primer on helping you find, analyze, and present data effectively with Mike Stolte from CIEL

Wednesday, April 20

“You can’t manage what you can’t measure” Peter Drucker, Management Expert

How healthy is your community? How do you measure it? Good data - combined with compelling stories - allow communities to access funding more easily, make decisions on where to put time and effort, and measure the impact of community and economic development initiatives over time. This webinar will use real-world stories to introduce you to key concepts in finding, analyzing and presenting data through the lens of community well-being.

Speaker Mike Stolte has been working in CED for more than two decades as the founder of CIEL (the Centre for Innovative and Entrepreneurial Leadership – www.theCIEL.com ), based out of Nelson, BC. Despite being a former federal economist, Mike is quite a fun guy. And a nice one, too: he has graciously shared his slides from the presentation, including a few bonus ones! 

You can watch the lecture here.  

 

Game on! Building a Sustainable and Resilient Indigenous Economy 2.0

Wednesday, March 23

So, you think you can build an economy better than the experts? Put on your best economist cap (or bowtie) and make a series of strategic decisions to build your economy from the ground up. But the question is, how will it hold up to an economic shock? Will it be as resilient as a rubber band? In this webinar, we will learn about the Tulo Centre's Economic Growth Model and apply your knowledge to Tulo Centre's Building a Sustainable and Resilient Indigenous Economy 2.0 learning game.

We explored the complexities of building a native economy with moderators Norm Lavallee and Jesse James through their online game which allows you to choose a scenario and pick strategies to make it make it work before being evaluated on the strategies chosen. Thought-provoking, enlightening and educational: do try it today!

Small Towns, Big Steps in Active Transport Workshop
Rita Koutsodimos, Executive Director of BC Alliance for Healthy Living Society

February 9, 2022

We heard from Rita Koutsodimos, Executive Director of BC Alliance for Healthy Living Society as she discusses active transportation strategies. Come learn how leading communities that have successfully navigated challenges, including:

  • Creating a walkable downtown despite the main street acting as a highway
  • Building projects across jurisdictional boundaries
  • Navigating grants and funding for active transportation projects

We enjoyed a lively discussion about overcoming barriers and what works to support active transportation in smaller communities after her talk, as well. 

Thank you, Rita, and thank you all for a very interesting presentation and discussion! 
If you missed it, Rita very kindly shared her slides from the presentation here and the talk itself is here