SESSION 07: Indigenous Forum #2

Indigenous Perspectives on Sustainability in Cultural Heritage Conservation and Management (with a focus on World Heritage) – Part 2

Athabasca University’s Nukskahtowin (Meeting Place), formerly the Centre for World Indigenous Knowledge and Research, will be hosting a webinar on Indigenous perspectives on sustainability with a focus on World Heritage conservation and management. This webinar will take place in July 2021 as part of the activities of the Sustainability Theme of the Our World Heritage Initiative.
As a centre for ideas and people to come together to work with Indigenous knowledge, Nukskahtowin works towards inclusion of Indigenous knowledge and methodologies. Nukskahtowin acknowledges the different worldviews of Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples and follows the laws of wahkohtowin; the relationship between animate and inanimate; respecting the interrelationships of land, culture, language, and the environment. We acknowledge that we come from a community of diversity with diverse worldviews but are working together to create a space for Indigenous inclusion, and in this webinar, inclusion of Indigenous perspectives in World Heritage discussions and dominant worldviews that has shaped the international approaches to heritage management.
The aim of this webinar is to bring Indigenous knowledge to front and centre in discussions around sustainability and sustainable development and as part of the established systems within the World Heritage context. For this purpose, we would like to draw on the knowledge of our Elders, leaders, and traditional knowledge holders who come from different Indigenous communities in order to have a meaningful dialogue with international Indigenous and non-Indigenous participants about the concept of sustainability from an Indigenous perspective.
The webinar will examine Indigenous worldviews as they relate to the protection of World Heritage sites and the connections with land and between people and places. The discussions will be aligned with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP) as a framework to establish mutually respectful relationships and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action to make concrete changes in society. 

Other webinar in this series: Indigenous Forum 1

Marilyn Poitras & Shabnam Inanloo Dailoo (Members of OWH Sustainability Debate)

Lead Elder: Maria Campbell (Elder-in-Residence, Athabasca University) 

Marilyn Poitras & Shabnam Inanloo Dailoo (Members of OWH Sustainability Debate)


Simon Brascoupé Anishinabeg/Haudenausanee – Bear Clan is a member of Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation, Maniwaki, Quebec. He is an Adjunct Research Professor at Carleton University and Trent University.  He was recently designated Certified First Nations Health Manager (CFNHM) from the First Nations Health Manager Association. He has a research interest in land based healing, traditional medicine and traditional knowledge.   He conducts research and writes on cultural competency and safety. He has written and worked in the field of traditional knowledge and intellectual Property Rights.  He is the Chair of the CIHR Institute of Aboriginal Peoples Health Advisory Board. Previously Simon Brascoupé was Chief Executive Officer, National Aboriginal Health Organization; Director, Primary Health Care Division, First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, Health Canada; and Director, Aboriginal Affairs Branch, Environment Canada.

Andrea Carmen, Yaqui Nation, began her work with the International Indian Treaty Council (IITC) as a student intern in the San Francisco Office in 1976, has been a staff member since 1983 and became its Executive Director in 1992.  Andrea was IITC’s team leader for work on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and has many years’ experience as a human rights trainer and observer around the world and. 
In 1997 she was one of two Indigenous representatives invited to formally address the UN General Assembly for the first time in history at the UN Earth Summit +5. In 2006, Andrea was a rapporteur for the UN Expert Seminar on Indigenous Peoples’ Permanent Sovereignty over Natural Resources and their Relationship to Land, the first time an Indigenous woman had been selected to serve as a rapporteur for a UN expert seminar. Andrea has served on a number of boards and advisory councils. In 2010 she one of two members from North America on the Global Steering Committee for the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC) which coordinates indigenous peoples’ work with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. In February 2019 Andrea was selected by Indigenous peoples, tribes and organizations in North America to serve as their representative on the new Facilitative Working Group for the development of the UNFCCC Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples’ Traditional Knowledge Exchange Platform for its first three years of operation.

Ray Rabliauskas, Poplar River First Nation, has worked for Poplar River First Nation as the Traditional Lands/Lands Guardian Program Coordinator for the past 25 years. Ray also has served as the Director of Poplar River’s Traditional Healing Program for 10 of those years. He has also been involved in The Pimachiowin Aki World Heritage Site project as the Manitoba First Nations Community coordinator, and a Board advisor for the Pimachiowin Aki Corporation. He is Poplar River’s Advisor to Pimachiowin Aki. 

William Young, Bloodvein River First Nation, grew up on the land and has remained there for the majority of his life in his community of Bloodvein River. He is the Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of Pimachiowin Aki Corporation that isaccountable for the conservation and protection of the outstanding universal value of the Pimachiowin Aki World Heritage Site.