CULTURAL CONTEXT FOR WATERSHED MOMENTS 2021 / BLUE ECOLOGY VIRTUAL SEMINAR: “We have landed at the crux of two of the most important issues facing Canadians – relationships with First Nations and relationships with water,” stated Paul Chapman, Chair of the Watershed Moments Series, when he explained why the seminar is a bridging event (October 2021)


Blue Ecology Virtual Seminar on November 18, 2021 – Creating a Climate for Change

“Beginning in 2018, the Partnership for Water Sustainability and the Nanaimo & Area Land Trust (NALT) have co-produced Watershed Moments, the Vancouver Island Water Stewardship in a Changing Climate Annual Symposia Series. In November, the Partnership and NALT are hosting Watershed Moments 2021 / Blue Ecology Virtual Seminar as a bridging event. The next full-scale symposium will be in 2022,” states Paul Chapman, Chair, Watershed Moments Series.

“Designed as a panel session, the 2021 bridging seminar has three objectives.”

“First, it will serve as the event of record for launching Michael Blackstock’s Blue Ecology Institute. The initiative is guided by a vision to build a bridge between two cultures through a water-first approach.”

“Secondly, the seminar will introduce Blue Ecology the idea as a way of interweaving Indigenous and Western perspectives to achieve a vision for ‘water reconciliation’ in British Columbia. Michael Blackstock, Independent Indigenous Scholar, will prime seminar participants for their future attendance at Watershed Moments 2022: A Symposium on Blue Ecology and Water Reconciliation. Looking ahead, the symposium will showcase and celebrate ‘Blue Ecology in action’ in the Cowichan region.”

“Thirdly, the 2021 seminar will showcase watershed education initiatives for school children within three Vancouver Island regional districts.”

“The four initiatives have a unifying thread – each addresses the “Nature-Deficit Disorder”, a term which is now widely recognized and understood. Nature-Deficit Disorder is the idea that human beings, especially children, are spending less time outdoors, and the belief that this change results in a wide range of behavioural problems. For this reason, a goal of watershed education initiatives for schools is to reconnect children with nature.”


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Registration is by donation, with the options being $0, $10, $20 and $30. The pricing is attractive because a seminar objective is to reach beyond the usual target audiences and introduce Blue Ecology to the community at large.