As part of the Fraser Watershed Initiative (FWI), we are working on holding a regional conference in Kamloops. The conference will focus on First Nations, ecological restoration, and jobs. It will allow for a reframing of restoration concepts and feed in to the critical issues being addressed by the Fraser Watershed Initiative.
Restoration Conference 2018
– First Nations – Wildfire – Climate Change – Wildlife – Salmon – Forest Industry – Jobs –
Tentatively planned for June 19 – 20 2018
Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC
Advancing reconciliation, the environment and the economy
The Restoration Conference 2018 is a 2-day event tentatively scheduled for June 19-20, 2018 at the Thompson Rivers University Conference Centre. The conference will bring together Indigenous leaders, industry experts, government representatives, academics, community officials, and conservationists from British Columbia and across North America who are interested in advancing reconciliation while restoring both the environment and economy. The conference has been designed with First Nations participation and insight to ensure traditional knowledge and indigenous rights are integrated into all focus areas.
There is an ecological and economic crisis in BC’s interior forests, precipitated by the cumulative effects of historic development, including the managed depletion of forest resources known as “fall-down,” the dramatic climate change-related impacts of the Mountain Pine Beetle epidemic and catastrophic recent forest fires. These and other ecological impacts are exacerbating the stresses on a myriad of terrestrial and riverine species, leading to a decline in natural resources and employment opportunities.
Presentations and panel discussions will outline large ‘landscape-scale’ restoration projects that offer the potential to:
- advance Indigenous reconciliation,
- provide short-term employment relief,
- develop mid- and long-term sustainable employment strategies,
- aid recovery of forests and the habitat of species at risk,
- “fire harden” at risk forest communities,
- make a contribution to climate change adaptation and mitigation, and
- enable a future forest industry.
Conference Focus Areas
The conference will provide attendees with an integrated look at 6 restoration related focus areas:
- First Nations and restoration
- Wildfires and restoration
- Wildlife and species at risk restoration
- Salmon habitat and restoration
- Climate change adaptation and restoration
- Jobs and restoration
Tickets and the confirmed dates for the conference will be available soon. Watch this space for updates.