Updated: Jul 24, 2020
This is my contribution last year, to a panel on “Restoration, revitalization, maintenance and transmission of indigenous languages and traditional forms of knowledge and culture, and the integration of knowledge systems,” at the North American Dialogue on Biocultural Diversity. My reflections were inspired in large part by the words of the late Cree Elder, Raphael Wabano. This event was co-sponsored by The Centre for Indigenous Conservation and Development Alternatives (CICADA), the Quebec Centre for Biodiversity Science (QCBS), the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, the Indigenous Peoples and Community Conserved Areas and Territories (ICCA) Consortium, Parks Canada, the Assembly of First Nations, the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation of the American Museum of Natural History, and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity. It was held in Montreal, May 5-8, 2019.