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Sustainable Waterfront Planning Through Reconciliation

Media Release- June 16th, 2022 “Sustainable Waterfront Planning Through Reconciliation” An Online Workshop to discuss Municipal-Indigenous Relationships and Freshwater Protection

Join us for a collaborative and interactive workshop, Sustainable Waterfront Planning Through Reconciliation on Thursday June 16th, 2022, from 1:00-2:30pm EST as a free online webinar.

Our survey of nearly 70 Municipal Councillors and Planners across Ontario found that most

municipalities are satisfied with their level of consultations with the public. But when asked about their relationships with local Indigenous peoples, it is often met by silence.

As the push for development continues, there is an urgency for people to re-connect to that in which sustains us All, the Lands, the Waters and all that they encompass, putting particular attention on the importance of protecting and preserving our waters which is foundational for all living things survival.

To do this we must first take a look at our histories, learn the truths and reflect on the events that have caused the current disconnect between the human and non-human beings and allow ourselves to connect to our emotions. Having an understanding of our connection to the world and our responsibilities to the next seven generations is imperative and if we do not allow ourselves to emotionally connect with that in which sustains us as we plan for our future, are we doing our kids, grandkids, great grandkids, great-great grandkids…. Justice?” - Kerry Ann Charles

This webinar will be co-hosted by Kerry Ann Charles and Abraham Francis who will each present their experiences and perspectives on land use decision-making around waterfront areas. They will also facilitate open discussions with the audience on barriers to meaningful consultation and relationship building between municipal staff and Indigenous peoples. Come learn and reflect on ways your municipality can improve decision-making and consultation efforts with local Indigenous groups to better protect the health and enjoyment of our local freshwater.

Free registration for this event is at

This workshop is brought to you by Watersheds Canada, Mohawk Council of Akwesasne, Cambium Indigenous Professional Services, and The Land Between.

Media Contact:

Darlene Coyle

Environmental Policy and Planning Program Lead

Watersheds Canada

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