Join us for an evening presenting the issues of racial and climate justice in urban planning. We will be addressing the anti Black and anti-Indigenous planning practices that have marked Vancouver and have been worsened by the disproportionate effects of the climate crisis. Our discussion will unpack what it means to build and strengthen respectful relationships with Black and Indigenous communities, to reimagine inclusive urban spaces, to share valuable expertise and build more equitable cities in the face of climate change.
We will be joined by 3 amazing planning experts who will share their knowledge and experience surrounding this topic. After their presentations, we will have a moderated Q & A and discussion with the speakers. This will be followed by a public Q & A where the audience members will have the chance to directly engage with the speakers.
Maggie was born and raised in Sudbury, Ontario, and is a status member of Wikwemikoong Unceded Territory. Maggie is a community engaged scholar who seeks to advance a better understanding of Indigenous sovereignty as it is expressed outside the Canadian courts, and with a focus on the implications of these expressions for the well-being of Indigenous communities. Maggie also seeks to showcase the strength and strategies of Indigenous Nations and communities as they assert authority over their territories and work towards a renewed relationship with non-Indigenous Canadians. Maggie’s doctoral research examined practices of Indigenous sovereignty expressed through strategic planning, more especially, the negotiation and implementation of reconciliation agreements between Heiltsuk Nation and the Province of British Columbia and the Government of Canada.
Maggie has been fortunate enough to work with and for First Nations in British Columbia, Manitoba and Ontario. Off campus, Maggie enjoys running, biking, camping, drinking good coffee and eating with friends and family.
𝗝𝗮𝗵𝗺𝗶𝗿𝗮 𝗟𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝗪𝗵𝗶𝘁𝗲
Jahmira is the co-founder of Black Mutual Aid BC, and a member of both Black Lives Matter Vancouver and the Hogan's Alley Society. She has a passion for environmental justice and water protection. She holds a B.Sc in Microbiology and plans to study Canadian groundwater policy from the lens of Environmental Racism.
As a Black woman of both Jamaican and Montserratian heritage, Jahmira is deeply invested in Black Queer Liberation and solidarity with First Nations. She believes that dismantling white supremacy is only the first step on our long climb to racial equity and restoration of the people's relationship with this land.
𝗦𝗮𝗹𝗶𝗮 𝗝𝗼𝘀𝗲𝗽𝗵, 𝗦𝘁’𝗮𝘅̱𝗶́𝟳𝗮𝗹𝘂𝘁 (𝘀𝗵𝗲/𝗵𝗲𝗿)
Salia is Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, Snuneymuxw, British and Jewish. She is a graduate of the First Nations and Indigenous studies program at UBC and cares deeply about decolonial, and intersectional approaches to learning and caring for one another. Salia is the executive director of Kwi Awt Stelmexw, a Sḵwx̱wú7mesh non-profit focused on language revitalization. She is also part owner of a business called Host Consulting inc. Which is a Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh consultancy focused on public art and decolonial dialogues.