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CEMA’s Elders Workshop 2009

by NationTalk on March 6, 20091018 Views

March 4th, 2009

Fort McMurray, Alberta – On March 4th and 5th, Aboriginal Elders from communities in the Wood Buffalo region will congregate in Fort McMurray for the Cumulative Environmental Management Association’s (CEMA) annual Elders Workshop. The workshop sponsored by CEMA’s Traditional Environmental Knowledge (TEK) Advisory Committee is an opportunity to provide an update on CEMA’s work over the past year and thank the Elders for their continued participation in the Association.“Pass it On” is the title of this year’s workshop; a theme suggested at last years’ session. The workshop will focus on passing down the Traditional Knowledge of Aboriginal Elders to their communities with the intent of promoting Traditional Environmental Knowledge within the region. In keeping with the theme, Aboriginal youth from each community were invited to attend this year’s workshop.

“As an Elder, the knowledge, beliefs and traditions I learned from my parents, grandparents and great-grandparents must be shared with our children and grand children. This workshop is an important way to help pass it on” stated Fred “Jumbo” Fraser, TEK Co-Chair and Elder.

“I wish everyone in Alberta could experience an Elders Workshop. I find each year interesting, captivating and fun.” added TEK Co-Chair Ainslie Campbell “CEMA’s continued support for incorporating TEK and Elders’ participation into its working groups is an important element to the Association.”

Traditional Environmental Knowledge (TEK) is a body of local environmental knowledge and beliefs transmitted through oral tradition and first hand observation, based on living in close contact with nature. It includes a system of classification, a set of empirical observations about the local environment, a system of self management that governs sustainable resource base, and an understanding of the relationships of living beings (including humans) with one another and their environment.

CEMA is a nonprofit association based in Fort McMurray, Alberta. CEMA’s mandate is to study the cumulative environmental effects of industrial development in the region and produce guidelines and management frameworks recommendations. Since its inception CEMA has produced hundreds of reports and 8 Management Frameworks.

For more information about CEMA and TEK please visit www.cemaonline.ca.

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For more information please contact:
Corey Hobbs
Communications Director
Cumulative Environmental Management Association
780-881-4943
Corey.hobbs@cemaonline.ca

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