The Kwakwaka’wakw, Nuu-chah-nulth, and Coast Salish bands of First Nations have inhabited what is today Vancouver Island for thousands of years. How can we learn from the heritage and wisdom of these resilient cultures, and become allies for reconciliation? And how do we memorialize the past in these complex circumstances? And whose responsibility is it to do so?

Learning Objectives

Dismantle their preconceptions about First Nations peoples, their history, and their present reality, and understand the need and means for reconciliation.
Understand the nuanced and complicated tension between resource development and environmental conservation.
Deconstruct and reconstruct the concept of land rights, removing themselves from the paradigm of private ownership and reconceptualizing the idea through a multiple lenses.

Places and Activities

This program is flexible, and can be offered in 5 or 7 day itineraries.

We arrive to Vancouver, where we begin to discuss and explore our Lenses of Inquiry. We take some time to develop empathic interviews with locals and begin to immerse ourselves in the context of exploring with a purpose.

We head out to Saysutshun where we will speak with local elders and gain a deeper understanding of the First Nations and their perspectives. We also explore the different paths these communities have taken to use their ancestral knowledge towards their economic survival.

We head to Tofino, where we take part in a Leave No Trace Workshop and go kayaking on the sound. We visit old growth forest at Cathedral Grove and see impacts of logging first hand.

We head back to Vancouver and visit the Capilano Suspension Bridge. We have a nice celebratory dinner and a program closure ceremony.

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