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 to 9:00pm PT

Live in person SFU Wosk Centre for Dialogue 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.


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


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.

About SFU’s Community Economic Development (CED) Program

Offering community economic development programming for over 30 years, SFU’s CED Program has prepared multiple generations of practitioners for environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive economic development at the neighbourhood, municipal, and regional scales. Sxwpilemaát Siyám is an alumnus of the program (2016) and is now one of the instructors. The Certificate Program offers 8 months of fully remote, part-time studies in CED planning and practice catered to working professionals. Taught by outstanding instructors who are experts in their field, each course is delivered by video and complemented with in-person, synchronous, on-line talks and project mentoring sessions. A new cohort starts at the end of September. Learn more.

About the David and Cecilia Ting Dean's Lecture Series 2022-23

Environmental Issues are some of the most pressing challenges we face globally and there is need for knowledge sharing about how to create needed change. The traditional environmental calls to action are Reduce, Reuse and Recycle and this series reframes the call to a new set of R's that are essential to creating a more sustainable world: Reconciliation, Resilience and Regeneration.

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