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Rural Communities Summit - Building Communities Together

03/13/2008 9:00 am
03/15/2008 5:00 pm

5th BC Rural Communities Summit

A joint conference of the BC Rural Network, Cariboo Regional District and Rural Team BC

Location: 100 Mile House Lodge and Conference Centre, 100 Mile House British Columbia

The BC Rural Network, in partnership with the Cariboo Regional District and Rural Team BC, are please to host the 5th BC Rural Communities Summit in 100 Mile House, BC.

The need and desire to improve networking and exchange of information among rural communities has been clearly identified and requested by rural stakeholders across BC.

“Building Communities Together” will be an opportunity for rural residents, and representatives of rural organizations from across the province to come together to discuss ways to coordinate their efforts to improve networking and build the capacity of rural communities in BC.


 More than 25 workshops and presentations that will provide new skills, explore the experiences,  and share the lessons learned by rural and remote communities across BC.

  • More than 25 workshops and presentations that will provide new skills, explore the experiences,  and share the lessons learned by rural and remote communities across BC.
  • Social events and networking opportunities to develop new contacts and partnerships
  • The Annual General Meeting of the BC Rural Network
  • Inspiring speakers and plenary sessions
  • Youth sessions and participation: planned and presented by rural youth

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First Contacts, Second Thoughts: Myth Understanding on the Northwest Coast

03/12/2008 4:30 pm
03/12/2008 5:30 pm

John Lutz (UVic, Dept. of History)
David Strong Building, Room  C118

Centre for Studies in Religion and Society's Public Lecture Series.

"First contact." The words leap off the page into the imagination. Between whom? What happened? How do we know what happened? This talk presents some first contact stories by Indigenous People and Europeans in the 18th-century Pacific Northwest and some of the lessons learned about their continuing importance today, from the CSRS project that resulted in the book Myth and Memory: Stories of Indigenous European Contact.

The speaker will give a 40-minute talk, followed by a discussion.


Conflict-free Land-use Awareness Workshops (Tanzania)

02/21/2008 1:00 pm

Dar-Es-Salaam Institute of Land Administration & Policy Studies (DILAPS)

Annual Schedule of Events,
OCTOBER, 2007 – JULY, 2008

It is one of the goals of DILAPS (cf. ) to contribute towards moulding communities that uphold a culture of good custodianship and management of land from an informed perspective whilst focusing on using land as an asset for economic growth and reduction of poverty both in villages and town slums. This is the ultimate goal of the Conflict-Free Land-Use Awareness Workshop Series.

The first, and inaugural, workshop was the recent 2-day Workshop, held at the Luther House Boardroom, in Dar Es Salaam from 6th August 2007. The message was well received by stakeholders. Participants at this workshop have agreed with DILAPS that, this goal of creating communities of land-use stakeholders who are committed to using the land without causing or engaging in land-use conflicts, for economic growth and reduction of poverty is a noble goal to every citizen in all countries the world over. They were also of a converging opinion that the creation of such communities starts with creation of awareness on issues. The participants of the workshop drew representatives from abroad and several projects in Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar in which, sustainable land-use is a central theme.

Subsequent to the inaugural workshop, the authority and management of the Dar Es Salaam Institute of Land administration and Policy Studies, DILAPS, has agreed to a delivery of more workshops, in these series, as envisaged earlier. These will be of differing themes, focusing on the diversity of stakeholders and will be held in different cities of Tanzania within the next 12 months. We bring to you the schedule of the Conflict–Free Land–Use Awareness Training Workshops, for the foreseeable future, as approved by the DILAPS Board of 17th August 2007.

Please consult the following Word Document for further information and workshop dates.


Cultural Impact Assessment conference

02/28/2008 9:00 am
02/29/2008 5:00 pm

The NWT Region of the Western and Northern Canada Affiliate of the International Association for Impact Assessment is issuing a call for presentations, papers and posters for a conference on February 28th and 29th, 2008, in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.  This conference will focus on Cultural Impact Assessment in the broad sense, including such possible themes as:

  • Cultural impact assessment methods and case studies
  • Bringing the cultural together with the ecological
  • Models of inclusion of cultural knowledge in project design, implementation and reclamation
  • Cultural landscape assessment
  • Designing agreements to protect culture
  • The role of Traditional Knowledge in Cultural Impact Assessment
  • Getting past Go vs. No go in cultural impact assessment
  • Designing cultural mitigation measures that stick
  • Implementing cultural and socio-economic measures of agreements
  • Cross-cultural awareness: implications for EIA processes
  • Participatory and community-based methods for assessment

This conference will draw on the considerable expertise of those involved in the research or practice of EIA as it relates to this general subject.  Those interested in presenting a paper at the conference should submit a 300 word abstract to the IAIA Western and Northern Canada Affiliate no later than Dec. 16th, 2007  Please send abstracts to Ginger Gibson: at    Submissions will be reviewed and contributors notified by Friday Dec. 21st, 2007
For more information on the conference, contact Ginger Gibson
KEY WORDS: Values, cultural landscapes, wellness, beyond biophysical, stories on the land, assessment methods, community-based and participatory research