YVFC attended the 2023 Crown Managers Partnership Meeting.
The YVFC crew enjoyed spending time with this wonderful group, and sharing the work that we all do to make this a healthier world. Led by Blackfoot Nation Elders and youth, the bio-cultural day was spent sharing landscape-scale perspectives and the significance of place and ways of being. Day two was focused on aquatics. Informative presentations were given on how Indigenous knowledge develops, implements, and coordinates Indigenous-led projects happening in rivers, streams, and wetlands. Topics included beaver mimicry, native fish restoration, northern leopard frog recovery, and contaminant reduction. Terrestials were covered day three. Discussing innovative Indigenous-led projects such as food sovereignty, whitebark pine restoration, ecological connectivity, and buffalo rematriation. Day three wrapped up with a field trip to visit a nearby buffalo herd! The final day was spent focusing on taking care of the land and the people together.
We all learned about an innovative guardianship program and how Tribes and First Nations incorporate climate change adaptation when caring for the land. The opportunities given for open community discussion with all attendees offered great partnerships and unified outreach to maximize program effectiveness. Thank you to the event co-leads and planning team! Our team is looking forward to the next one!
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