Annie Boucher, Executive Director; Mike Tollis, Dane Giroux, Akaitcho Territorial Government, General Delivery, Deninu Kue, NWT X0E 0M0 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Akaitcho First Nations will host an on the land workshop to build off the experiences and knowledge shared in the previous two workshops held on water issues. Building on the previous Tracking Change – supported workshop last year, we are seeking to better define the threats facing our aquatic ecosystem today. We will focus on better defining these threats as to being natural or unnatural, and working towards an understanding of if they are manageable or mitigatable, or if they are something that we would have to adapt to. Through sharing of traditional knowledge, we will work towards the end goal of how we are going to deal with the problems we face now and into the future. On the subject of the future, the last TC workshop in Akaitcho identified a serious component that must be included if we are to give the future the respect it requires, and that is the involvement of youth at all levels. In the planning of this workshop, we put a major focus on the youth participation in the workshop, not simply having youth present (youth will make up approximately 50% of workshop participants), but engaging them through boat experiences with Elders, sitting down with Chiefs, and having their input in the conversations be heard and discussed. The youth will not only be the ones to inherit this water issues, but having them see respect shown at all levels of interaction is key to the success of the First Nations.