Wagmatcook Lecture Series Presentations

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January 2015 Lecture Date: Thursday, January 29th

Time:      10:00am – 12:00pm

Place:     Wagmatcook Centre (Great Hall)

Topic:    “Why Nature Matters”

Minimum Target Age Group:  Junior High (Gr. 4-6) & Up to Adults

Ms. Laurie Suitor and Mr. Darrell Morris will present on why it is important for all of us to remain connected to nature.  Learning from her is still relevant in our rapidly changing technological world. The presentation will review some of the lessons learned from how nature works, the limits of technology, and our rapidly disappearing landscape.  Also, the impact we have had as a species on our environment, including climate change effects, water contamination and species depletion, will be discussed.

Laurie Suitor has worked with the Nova Scotia Department of Environment as Bras d’Or Lakes Coordinator.  During that time, Laurie specialized in collaborative environmental management, initiating  the Pitu’paq Partnership and assuming the Provincial Co Chair of the Sustainable Communities Initiative. Since then, Laurie has been the coordinator of the Collaborative Environmental Planning Initiative, Intergovernmental Relations and Partnership Advisor for the Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources and Water and Wastewater Advisor for the Kwilmu’k Maw Klusuaqn (Mi’kmaq Rights Initiative). Laurie has been very active in recent years on several special projects including climate change, water policy, sustainability planning and is currently the Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Environmental Network.

Darrell Morris is a traditional harvester, hunter, medicinal practitioner and speaker. Darrell provides presentations to schools, community groups and conferences. Born and raised in Eskasoni, Cape Breton, Darrell has practiced traditional harvesting and trapping since his youth, learning from the Elders of his community. He is deeply grateful to community members who shared their traditional knowledge and ensured it was passed on from generation to generation. Darrell is also a traditional drum maker and drummer, with extensive knowledge on utilizing materials within the environment for survival.

For more information, please contact Robert Bernard, Lecture Coordinator at 902-295-2999 or via email at rbernard@wagmatcook.com.

Please Note:  Larger groups/School groups are asked to book ahead for space with estimated numbers.  Lunch space can be made available and lunch orders at our restaurant (to eat in the Great Hall) can be made by calling the CleanWave Restaurant at 902-295-1542.

February Lecture: 

Thursday, February 26th  10am-12pm            

Presenter:  Cheryl Maloney, President – N.S. Native Women’s Assoc

Presentation will be on “Indigenous Women’s Issues across N.S. & Canada”

March Lecture:       Thursday, March 26th         10am-12pm             

Presenter:  Eric Christmas, Director of Operations Beaubassin Mi’kmaq Wind Management Ltd.

Presentation will be on “Successful Business Ventures & Entrepreneurship Development”

Wela’liek (We Thank You), Robert Bernard Wagmatcook Culture & Heritage Centre Community & Business Support Services 10765 Hwy 105, PO Box 30029 Wagmatcook, Nova Scotia, BOE 3NO 902-295-2999 (Main) 902-295-2424 (Direct) 902-295-3306 (Fax) rbernard@wagmatcook.com www.wagmatcookcentre.com

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