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2024 Indigenous Lands Symposium: Fostering Connections and Knowledge Sharing

Wahkohtowin held the second annual Indigenous Lands Symposium in Timmins this year. With more than double the participation rate from its inaugural year, additional press coverage and strong engagement on social media, the symposium was a wonderful success.



"Representatives from more than 20 First Nations across Ontario and Canada attended the symposium. Their presence underscored the importance of collaboration and shared knowledge in addressing land-related challenges.”



The Second Annual Indigenous Lands Symposium, organized by the Wahkohtowin Innovation Centre, recently concluded in Timmins, Ontario. Building upon the success of its inaugural gathering, this year’s symposium brought together a diverse group of participants, including over 170 delegates passionate about Indigenous land stewardship.

 

Key Highlights:

Diverse Representation: Over 120 Indigenous practitioners from various backgrounds actively engaged in discussions. Their collective wisdom and commitment to cultural revitalization formed the heart of the symposium.  The other participants were from NGOs, academic institutions, independent consultants, provincial government, and the forest industry. Together, they explored ways to harmonize economic development with Indigenous-led conservation efforts.


First Nations Unity: Representatives from more than 20 First Nations across Ontario and Canada attended. Their presence underscored the importance of collaboration and shared knowledge in addressing land-related challenges.

















Themes and Discussions: The symposium delved into critical themes including upholding rights, emerging

conservation technology, the role of youth, realizing UNDRIP, and the conservation economy. Participants shared their thoughts and experiences, exploring innovative approaches to sustainable land management.


Cultural Enrichment: Beyond presentations, attendees immersed themselves in cultural activities. From drumming circles to full-moon ceremonies, the symposium celebrated Indigenous heritage.



Looking Ahead:

The overwhelming positivity following the 2024 gathering is setting high expectations for 2025. With an expanded program and fresh topics on the agenda, the next Indigenous Lands Symposium promises to be an even more impactful event. Let’s continue fostering connections, sharing knowledge, and championing Indigenous-led conservation efforts.




Author: Isabelle Allen - Project Forester - Wahkohtowin






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