“We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.” Aldo Leopold
Healing Land and Community
The question of the 4th annual, undergrad-led Spirit of Land conferences “Making Peace with the Land” (November 13 to 15 at the University of Alberta, Augustana Campus in Camrose) is: how we may begin to see our land, its people and communities “with love and respect” so that we do not exploit or abuse them, but rather live in peace with them?
Friday night, we have ethicist, theologian and ecologist Dr. Norman Wirzba encourage us to think together at our round tables about the need to be rooted in place. Saturday morning, James Makokis, MD, will animate our reflections on healing in which traditional Cree wisdom is integrated with modern medicine. Saturday afternoon starts with Dennis Cuku, President of Oil Country Engineering, who with his team has created the first Net Zero commercial building in Alberta – the Mosaic Centre. He will speak on “greening oil country”.
In our roundtable conversations we will reflect on how we make the transitions to living more peacefully and lightly on the land, in a province that is so heavily dependent for so much of its activities on hydro-carbon energy. And we close the conference proper with “Youthful Visions for a Community Land Ethic”. What are our young people, our recent grads doing to develop a community land ethic in their work and life? They have been inspired by our conferences and they are inspiring.
Sunday morning will feature two practical workshops led by inspiring Alberta leaders and educators. Cree Culture, Ceremony and History will be facilitated by Roy and Judy Louis from Maskwa and Associates; Solar Power in Alberta will feature Randall Benson, from Gridworks Energy.
The conference is attended by community members and students from across Alberta. Everyone is welcome!