NORTH AMERICA REGIONAL PROGRAMME
Since 2013, we have worked with Indigenous collaborators in North America to foster networking, mutual learning and exchange between emerging community leaders through North American Community Environmental Leadership Exchanges (NACELE). These peer-to-peer learning opportunities convened dynamic Indigenous leaders from all over North America to share strategies to protect and restore lands, waters and traditional foodways – and through these, culture and sovereignty. We held three events – in Capay Valley, California in 2013, Montréal Botanical Garden in 2015 and Sonora, Mexico in 2017 – to enhance wellbeing at community and landscape scales, seeding durable networks for mutual support.
Held in June 2017, the Okanagan Land-based Environmental Leadership Camp gathered Indigenous youth interested in building their capacity to advocate for and protect the lands and waters of their territories. In collaboration with IndigenEYEZ, the camp explored the meaning and importance of environmental leadership through the arts, cultural teachings, activities on the land, group discussions, and mentorship from key resource people. It also created a space for young emerging artists and environmental leaders in Okanagan to connect, deepen relationships, form networks of support, and plan future collaborative activities. It took place at Glimpse Lake, on Syilx territory (Upper Nicola Band) in British Columbia, Canada.