31Inclusion…holistic thinking… history…tradition…survival

The Collaborative Environmental Planning Initiative’s Traditional Ecological Knowledge Workshop is being held to collect traditional ecological knowledge as part of the Ecosystem Overview and Assessment for the Bras d’Or Watershed (2004-05, Mike Parker). When this document went to review, it was criticized for being too Western-science-based and did not contain the two-eyed seeing approach that was required. The CEPI TEK Workshop was called in recognition of this shortcoming.

In this workshop, we are bringing elders from First Nations and other communities around the Bras d’Or Lakes. The workshop includes traditional music and ceremony as well as discussions about the natural history of the Lakes. The TEK Workshop’s goals are to  inform the Ecosystem overview and foster understanding and communication between the cultures.

The TEK Workshop will be held May 3 and 4 at the Sarah Denny Cultural Centre in Eskasoni.

From UINR Marten – Vol.2. Issue.1 – Spring 2006