Relationships In and To Place

ṮEṮÁĆES Climate Action Project

The ṮEṮÁĆES Climate Action project is a collaborative effort between the W̱SÁNEĆ peoples and the Pender Islands community to create community based learning and action that draws on both indigenous and non-indigenous knowledge and practices to foster climate mitigation and resilience.


Professional Learning

  • Climate Change in the Salish Sea Archipelago, with Mayve Lydon. Co-designed and co-facilitated a community based collaborative project with the W̱SÁNEĆ people and other peoples from across the Salish Sea Communities to explore climate change science from the multiple lenses and histories of indigenous and non-indigenous peoples. One of three courses within the ṮEṮÁĆES Climate Action Project that aims to bring indigenous peoples and knowledge back into place-based learning and action within the Salish Sea. See The course itself was a five-day intensive offered on Pender Island from February 16-21, 2020.

Related Resources

Pender Earth - Community Climate Action

This collaborative project that literally came from hours around the kitchen table talking with like minded community members was launched in our community of the Pender Islands in September 2019. Emerging information about Pender Earth can be found on facebook.


I have recently been asked to sit as an advisor to IMERSS to support strategic thinking about partnerships within the Salish Sea region for engaging in place-based and community centered scientific inquiry.


  • 2020-present Advisor, Institute for Multidisciplinary Ecological Research in the Salish Sea (IMERSS;

Ecological Footprint of the Islands

I have also been asked to advise on the Galiano Conservancy's efforts to develop an ecological footprint calculator for the islands in the Salish Sea. I worked with the Millard Learning Centre to write initial grants which were eventually reworked into the current funding efforts.


  • 2020-present Advisor, Ecological Footprint of the Islands Project, Galiano Conservancy, Funded through the Vancouver Foundation, Pacific Institute of Climate Solutions, and EcoCanada. Retrieve from

Wildfire and Climate Change Series

In 2020, I was asked by the Saturna Island Firesmart program to collaborate in the creation of a series of webinars for and with the communities in the Southern Gulf Islands to learn and share about the connections between wildfire and climate change.

Professional Learning

  • Wildfire and Climate Change, with David Osborne and Katie Dentry of Saturna Firesmart. Co-designed and facilitated community conversations for learning on how to address interwoven issues surrounding wildfire and climate change mitigation and resilience within the Southern Gulf Islands. Videos and resources available at