Jill My name is Jill Blakley and I'm a Professor of Geography and Planning
at the University of Saskatchewan and I’ve been there about 9 or 10 years. I am cross appointed to the school of environment and sustainability at our university and in addition to my academic work I have been consulting for a little over 20 years.
I work in the areas of natural resources management and environmental impact assessment with a specialty in cumulative effects.
My research program involves students from both the department of geography and planning and the school of environment and I find that we attract a bit of a different audience under the school’s banner . The reason why is that it's extremely interdisciplinary so we end up with people who want training in environmental impact assessment but who come from all types of backgrounds including architecture, planning including and all kinds of things to do with remote-sensing and you name it.
Their backgrounds are...
Gord: I'm Gord Chipman I'm a Registered Professional Forester and for the last 10 years now I've been working for the Esketemc people managing their forest tenures for them.
Barry: Can you describe for people where Esketemc is?
Gord: The Esketemc - the people of the white hills are adjacent to the Fraser River. They’re on the east side of the Fraser River about 50 km south of Williams Lake. Esketemc is one of the many Bands within the Secwepemc.
Barry :Our conference CFFX2020 is kind of really in the heart of Secwépemcúl’ecw in Kamloops. And Esketemc would be one of the more northern communities of the
of the nation right?
Gord: They’re one of the northern bands and they're also very cultural and they believe
they carry along a lot of the traditions within the Secwépemc people and yeah it's a great place to work it's a great environment here.
I manage a company for them called Alkali Resource...
Introducing the CFX2020 Speaker Interview series.
Get to know the speakers before the event. First up is Mirella Ramsay, founder of The Mirella Project.
Mirella: My name is Mirella Ramsay. I am 18 years old. I am from Salmon Arm British Columbia, and currently attending Okanagan College here in Salmon Arm. Unsure of what my degree will be, but those will details will come later.
I've been going to school now for two years and working towards bringing environmental issues to the forefront of what youth and young adults talk about, but also understanding the importance of acting on our intentions rather than just talking about them and working really hard.
And so from that, I kind of started my own environmental nonprofit, which has been pretty fun.
Barry : Which you called the Mirella project.
Barry: Now we are making choices today that will influence our future generations for a long time to come.
Mirella: Totally. And so like kind of...
Resilience and survival mean we need to adapt to having wildfire in our world - not trying to eliminate it. Indigenous people lived in harmony with fire for 1000's of years here in North America - we need to re-learn that skill.