Zoom recorded Panel Discussion on a Changing Squamish with:
- – – Charlene Joseph: Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Nation Language and Cultural teacher
- – – Avi Lewis: documentary filmmaker, climate justice advocate, federal NDP candidate
- – – Dr. Peter Hall: Professor of Urban Studies, SFU
– – – Nick Gottlieb: climate communicator and community advocate
Apologies if at times the speakers are out of frame and my nervous giggles.
Overall, great discussion and inspiring to say the least. Thank you to the panelist for their energy and good work.
Let’s keep this momentum going so we can create the type of change that we want to see in the world that respects people and place.
Below are the panel questions for your own pondering.
Going beyond democratic means (e.g., voting, town halls, or even peaceful protests), how do we hold corporate developers and government accountable to their promises and to be in line with community values and social responsibility? More importantly, how do we put and keep the power of decision making in the hands of the community so that we, the people, can create a better world?
How do we as a community counter the forces at work, such as gentrification and growing inequality so that we can create the necessary systemic and relational change that influences healthy and diverse lifestyle choices and improves relationships for the human and non-human world? Can you give us some examples of people led change happening in the world right now.
What might indigenous or decolonizing approaches to knowledge, agency and land have to teach us about looking beyond climate change and into all aspects of our environment – inner and outer; social and personal? Connection to land can build respect for the environment. However, if someone does not have that connection to land in the first place, how do we – as individuals and as a society – learn to be in good relation with the human and non-human world? In other words, how do we cultivate good relations?
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