Presidents Dream Colloquium

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President's Dream Colloquium on Indigenous Peoples and Local Community Perspectives on Sustainability and Resilience

Fall 2022

Fundamental to the worldviews of many Indigenous peoples and local communities around the world is a profound respect for other beings and their homes.  Deeply held beliefs about sustainable social and ecological practices are often inherent in these worldviews.  Honoring these practices is fundamental to community resilience.  Furthermore, creating space and support for Indigenous peoples and local communities to enact these age old-practices is a foundational part of the long and complex road to reconciliation.

In this colloquium, we will explore how some Indigenous peoples and local communities understand sustainability and resilience and how their traditional worldviews might provide models for more sustainable futures for their communities and others. 

The student seminars will include discussions with the instructors about the readings, listening to guest presentations by knowledge holders from around the world (via Zoom), and engaging with the invited speakers in the President’s Dream Colloquium.

Featured Public Speakers include:

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Public Lecture Schedule

Public lectures are free and open to everyone including the general public. Please RSVP to the event as space is limited. A recording of each lecture will be made available after the event.

Thursday, October 27, 7:00 – 8:30 PM

ḥačatakma c̓awaak (everything is interconnected). Indigenous Food Sovereignty, Health, Resilience, and Sustainability

Speaker: Charlotte Coté
Nuu-chah-nulth community of Tseshaht and Professor, Department of American Indian Studies at the University of Washington

Location: SFU Harbour Centre  

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Thursday, November 17, 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Honouring Cultural Teachings in the Context of Industrial Colonialism and Climate Change: Inuvialuit and Ts'msyen perspectives

Speaker: Panikpak Letitia Pokiak
Tuktuuyaqtuuq located in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region
MA Anthropology, University of Victoria

Speaker: Spencer Greening (La'goot)
Ts'msyen community of the Gitga’at First Nation
PhD Candidate, Simon Fraser University

Location: SFU Harbour Centre

Watch The Recording

Thursday, October 13, 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Creating Resilient Futures by Leading with a Light Heart

Speaker: Monique Gray Smith
Award-winning, best-selling author and consultant of Cree, Lakota and Scottish heritage.

Location: SFU Harbour Centre

Thursday, September 29, 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Honouring Ancestral Teachings and Environmental Knowledge in a Time of Urgency: Lessons from the Ninogaad

Speaker: Kim Recalma-Clutesi

Award-winning activist and cross-cultural interpreter from the Qualicum First Nation on eastern Vancouver Island.

Speaker: Douglas Deur

Groundbreaking researcher, author and cultural anthropologist.

Location: SFU Harbour Centre



The President's Dream Colloquium on Indigenous Peoples and Local Community Perspectives on Sustainability and Resilience is generously funded by:

Thank you to Graduate Studies for the administrative work. 


If you have any questions about the Colloquium administration, please email Graduate Studies.

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