World Rainforest Movement

Workshop on Indigenous Knowledge and Forests

A workshop on Indigenous Perspectives in Forestry Education, organized by the Faculty of Forestry of the British Columbia University, the National Aboriginal Forestry Association and the First House of Learning, took place in Vancouver, from 15 to 18 June.
Representatives of the Cherokee, Sto:lo, Tsleil-Waututh, Ojibway, Stl’atl’imx and Musqueam First Nations, Mam Tribe of the Mayan People and Te Whanau-a-Apanui Tribe, as well as delegates from Universities, research centres and from Canada, USA, Russia, Sweden, Kenya, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Thailand, Venezuela and Uruguay were present. Alvaro Gonzalez, Project Assitant of the WRM, attendend as delegate of the Universidad de la Republica of Uruguay.
The workshop included traditional indigenous ceremonies, songs, stories and dances combined with speeches and breakout working groups for discussion on programme implementation and designs, topics and specific courses to be included in the curricula, and principles and techniques for appropriate instruction of Indigenous perspectives. It was a good opportunity to get to know the experiences in course for the inclusion of Indigenous knowledge in academic education, and for relationships-building. Copies of the WRM External Bulletin Nr 1 were also distributed. Many of the participants showed great interest in the activities of our Movement and asked Alvaro to send them further editions of the WRM External Bulletin. We send also special greetings to those who were there.