Askiy Workshop Series

The Askiy Workshop Series offers a unique professional development opportunity focusing on Indigenous perspectives of land. It delves into the history, worldviews, contemporary challenges, and the 7 Generation Strategic Decision Making approach of Indigenous peoples. While it is particularly beneficial for Indigenous leaders, land managers, and technical staff, it also provides valuable insights for anyone working with Indigenous communities. Additionally, USask staff, faculty, and students seeking to broaden their understanding of Indigenous land-related concepts are welcome to participate.

 

Upcoming Workshops

PRESENTER: Office of the Treaty Commissioner 

Developed by the Office of the Treaty Commissioner; the Treaty Learning Journey – Let’s Talk Truth will educate you on Before Treaty (Worldview and Indigeneity), At Treaty (Pre-contact Treaties, numbered Treaties, Spirit and Intent), Breaches of Treaty (Indian Act, Indian Residential Schools, NRTA), and Today (current Indigenous circumstances, myths and misconceptions). The Treaty Learning Journey comes to you from the Indigenous side of the story.

You will learn about current Indigenous circumstances such as, but not limited to: the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), Jordan’s Principle and myths and misconceptions.

Treaties are a timeless, living, breathing document that are meant to benefit two sovereign nations. Indigenous People continue to fight for the rights stated in Treaty.

 

March 7, 2024 

1 pm to 4 pm (Hybrid) 

Room 1E80, Agriculture Building, 51 Campus Drive, Saskatoon 

PRESENTER: Benjamin Ralston, College of Law, USask 

First Nations face many unique challenges with respect to environmental regulation for reserve lands. For instance, federal environmental laws may be applied more vigorously on-reserve than off- reserve in ways that limit First Nations’ land use decision-making and economic development.

At the same time, regulatory gaps exist on-reserve, with limited options for robust environmental regulation and protection. There are also long- standing barriers to the enforcement of First Nations’ environmental laws and regulations on-reserve.

This presentation will highlight these key issues and explore options for navigating them in practice.

 

March 21, 2024 

1 pm to 4 pm (Hybrid) 

Room 1E80, Agriculture Building, 51 Campus Drive, Saskatoon

PANEL PRESENTATION 

Many Canadians are not aware of the history and status of First Nations and/or Aboriginal lands and how these lands are managed, protected, and governed.

This panel presentation will focus on Land Management Frameworks: Policy and Legislation in Canada.

The panelists will draw on their experiences of navigating through these systems to provide insight
challenges management and governance by Indigenous peoples.

 

April 11, 2024 

1 pm to 4 pm (Hybrid) 

Room 1E80, Agriculture Building, 51 Campus Drive, Saskatoon

PANEL PRESENTATION 

The kihci-okâwîmâw askiy Knowledge Centre works for and with Indigenous communities to support the development and delivery of land related teaching, research and engagement opportunities that are of significance to Indigenous communities. 

This panel presentation will focus on Natural Climate Solutions and Carbon Market Potentials. 

The panel presenters will provide an overview of the carbon environment in Canada. 

 

April 25, 2024 

1 pm to 4 pm (Hybrid) 

Room 1E80, Agriculture Building, 51 Campus Drive, Saskatoon

 

Past Workshops

PANEL PRESENTATION 

This panel discussion will explore the Cree concepts of land. The discussion will focus on the ways in which Cree people understand and relate to the land.

The panelists will draw on their own experiences to provide insights into the cultural, and ecological dimensions of Cree land use.

The discussion will also explore the challenges and opportunities associated with the preservation and revitalization of Cree land- based practices in the context of contemporary society.

 

February 22, 2024 

 

PANEL PRESENTATION 

This panel discussion will explore the relationship between inherent rights, treaty rights, Aboriginal rights, and human rights in Canada.

The panelists will discuss the historical context of inherent rights, the legal framework for treaty rights, the impact of aboriginal rights on Canadian society, and the role of human rights in protecting the rights of all Canadians.

The panelists will explore the challenges and opportunities associated with balancing the rights of different groups in Canadian society and will discuss the ways in which these rights can be protected and promoted.

 

February 8, 2024 

 

PRESENTER: Office of the Treaty Commissioner 

Developed by the Office of the Treaty Commissioner; the Treaty Learning Journey – Let’s Talk Truth will educate you on Before Treaty (Worldview and Indigeneity), At Treaty (Pre-contact Treaties, numbered Treaties, Spirit and Intent), Breaches of Treaty (Indian Act, Indian Residential Schools, NRTA), and Today (current Indigenous circumstances, myths and misconceptions). The Treaty Learning Journey comes to you from the Indigenous side of the story.

While Treaties were being peacefully negotiated and agreed upon, the Canadian government was breaching them. We will discuss these breaches of Treaty and the atrocities that resulted from them.

*Please be advised that this session will contain information and discussion on Indian Residential schools.

 

January 31, 2024 

Led by kêhtê-aya, Joseph Naytowhow, Indigenous Law Centre, College of Law, USask 

The kihci-okâwîmâw askiy Knowledge Centre works for and with Indigenous communities to support the development of land related teaching, research and engagement opportunities that are of significance to Indigenous communities.

kêhtê-aya, Joseph Naytowhow will lead us in this conversation about Knowledge Sovereignty.

This conversation will focus on the ethically responsible ways in which traditional knowledge is accessed, earned, and shared.

January 25, 2024 

November 16, 2023 

 

Presenter: Felix Hoehn, Professor, College of Law, USask 

This workshop provided a history of the doctrine of discovery and an overview of the current impacts to Indigenous peoples and their relationship to the land.

November 30, 2023 

Presenter: Office of the Treaty Commissioner 

Developed by the Office of the Treaty Commissioner; the Treaty Learning Journey – Let’s Talk Truth will educate you on Before Treaty (Worldview and Indigeneity), At Treaty (Pre-contact Treaties, numbered Treaties, Spirit and Intent), Breaches of Treaty (Indian Act, Indian Residential Schools, NRTA), and Today (current Indigenous circumstances, myths and misconceptions). The Treaty Learning Journey comes to you from the Indigenous side of the story.

The focus of this workshop was why and how the Treaties were negotiated and agreed upon. Participants also learnt about the history of the Treaty negotiations, the numbered Treaties, and the Spirit and Intent of Treaties.

November 2, 2023

Presenter: Peter Soroye, Key Biodiversity Areas (KBA) Assessment and Outreach Coordinator, 
Wildlife Conservation Society Canada 

Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) are places that are critical for the long-term health and well-being of animals, plants, waters, and the land, and are defined by an international set of criteria.

In acknowledgement of the past, present and future importance of Indigenous-led conservation, and the opportunities for KBAs to support this and to highlight and celebrate diverse values, histories and relationships related to people, lands, waters, plants and animals, the KBA project is working collaboratively with First Nations, Métis and Inuit to identify KBAs across the area called Canada.

In this interactive workshop, participants explored KBAs and help identify and mapped new potential sites.

For more on the KBA Canada project, visit kbacanada.org.

October 18, 2023

Presenter: Peter Soroye, Key Biodiversity Areas (KBA) Assessment and Outreach Coordinator, 
Wildlife Conservation Society Canada 

Over the past two decades, a group of global organizations have developed a list of criteria to identify Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs). These places are critical for the long-term health and well-being of animals, plants, waters, and the land, and a program has recently begun identifying these sites across Canada.

This session provide information on what the KBA Canada project is doing, how KBAs may help support Indigenous conservation, and how to help collaboratively identify these sites, which in many instances exist only because of the stewardship and relationships First Nations, Métis and Inuit have with these species and places.

For more on the KBA Canada project, visit kbacanada.org.

October 12, 2023

Presenter: Office of the Treaty Commissioner

Developed by the Office of the Treaty Commissioner; the Treaty Learning Journey – Let’s Talk Truth will educate you on Before Treaty (Worldview and Indigeneity), At Treaty (Pre-contact Treaties, numbered Treaties, Spirit and Intent), Breaches of Treaty (Indian Act, Indian Residential Schools, NRTA), and Today (current Indigenous circumstances, myths and misconceptions). The Treaty Learning Journey comes to you from the Indigenous side of the story.

The focus of this workshop was on Worldview and Indigeneity. Everyone has their own worldview. We will challenge your worldview to see the world through a different lens.

Indigeneity is the knowledge of who First Nations People are; you will learn their traditional lifestyle, language, culture, beliefs and values.

October 5, 2023

Professional Development Opportunities

  • Introduction to the Duty to Consult (ASKI 204.2)
  • Introduction to Indigenous Land Management Frameworks (ASKI 202.1)
  • Soil Sampling Design and Implementation (EVSC 204.1)
  • Geographical Information System (GIS) (RRM 201.1)
  • Introduction to Field Description of Soils (SLSC 205.1)

 

For more information about professional development opportunities and the Askiy Workshop Series, contact:

Candice Pete-Cardoso
Director, kihci-okâwîmâw askiy Knowledge Centre
candice.pete@usask.ca