Learn, Share, Connect - Indigenous Guardians Webinar Series

Learn, Share, Connect - Indigenous Guardian Webinar Series


Spring/Summer Webinar Series

Join us this spring and summer for a series of webinars! Designed specifically to support Indigenous Guardians and those who work with them, each webinar will feature a different topic in response to questions from Guardians across Canada. Webinars will feature guest speakers who share their expertise on the topic, plus we will share tools and resources that are available to you.

Our webinars are interactive, with time for questions and small group discussions, providing the chance for Indigenous Guardians to learn from, and share experiences with each other.We are excited by this opportunity to connect Indigenous Guardian across the country, so that people can learn directly from each other to create resilient and successful Guardian Programs.

See below for a description of upcoming webinars. We will send out monthly reminders with more details about each month’s webinar, including updated date and time, and information about guest speakers.

Upcoming Webinars

Our summer webinar series has been postponed. We look forward to announcing the Fall Series of Indigenous Guardian Webinars, by September. Thank you and have a safe summer!.


Previous Webinars

June 22nd 2021 - Indigenous Guardians: Communication About What You Do

During this webinar we heard from a great group of guest speakers about their experiences communicating Indigenous Guardian and Stewardship work. Chelsie Parayko (Storytelling and Communications, Land Needs Guardians) and Amberly Quakegesic (Guardian Program Coordinator, Wahkohtowin Development Program) spoke about the Indigenous Guardians Storyteller Network with Lands Need Guardians, Pam Vernaus (Nature United's communication manager), shared tips on trauma informed communication, and James Morgan (Lead Technician and Field Coordinator, Gitanyow Lax'yip Guardian) and Nicole Morven (Harvest Monitor Coordinator, Nisga'a Nation) shared about their experiences using Facebook to communicate about their Indigenous Guardian and stewardship activities.

A recording of the webinar will be available soon. 

May 25th 2021 - Preparing Indigenous Guardians for the Summer Field Season

During this webinar we heard from Indigenous Guardians programs across Canada as they shared stories, tips and ideas about preparing their Indigenous Guardian crews for field work.  

March 23rd 2021 - Data Tools and Information Management for Indigenous Guardians

A recording of the March Webinar - Data Tools and Information Management for Indigenous Guardians can be found here. In this webinar participants will hear from three guest speakers, Lara Hoshizaki (Program Manager, Coastal Stewardship Network), James Morgan (Lead Technician and Field Coordinator, Gitanyow Lax'yip Guardian ), and Tanya Ball (Coordinator, Kaska Land Guardians). They discuss to how to decide what data to collect to support strong decision-making, how to collect, manage and use large amounts of complex data, and how to work across Nations and Guardian programs to gather complementary/similar data. Webinar participants also share the data tools and apps they use for their Guardian program.

February 23rd 2021 - Indigenous Guardians and Research Partnerships

A recording of the February Webinar - Indigenous Guardians and Research Partnerships can be found here. In this webinar we hear from Desiree Lawson and Madeleine McGreer from the Central Coast Indigenous Resource Alliance (CCIRA) about how research helps Central Coast First Nations exercise power and influence in resource management, and from Rosie Child about a new guide developed by Kitasoo/Xai'ais Nation: "Information Stewardship with Applied Research".

January 26th 2021 - Stories from Indigenous Guardian Programs

We started off 2021 with a relaxed webinar focused on hearing stories from Guardian Programs across Canada. We wanted to thank each of our participants for sharing some of their highlights from 2020. This webinar was not recorded.  

December 8th 2020 - Indigenous Moose Monitoring and Stewardship - Part 2

A recording of the second Indigenous Guardians Moose Monitoring and Stewardship webinar is available here. In this webinar we hear from Clifford Paul, the Moose Management Coordinator with Unama'ki Institute of Natural Resources, about his experience building a Mi'kmaq led moose management plan for the Cape Breton Highlands. The TST also walks through some new resources developed by Nature United to support Indigenous moose monitoring and management. 

November 24th 2020 - Training for Indigenous Guardians

A recording of this webinar is available here. In this webinar Dana Holtby from the Coastal Stewardship Network presents about the lessons they learned about designing and delivering training through their Stewardship Technician Training Program, and the TST walks through some of the training resources on the Toolkit. 

October 20th 2020 – Indigenous Moose Monitoring and Stewardship Part 1

A recording of the Indigenous Moose Monitoring and Stewardship webinar (Part 1) can be found here. In this webinar you will hear from lead Gitanyow Guardian Jimmy Morgan, Dr. Jesse Popp, an Indigenous Canada Research Chair working with community partners to study moose populations, and other Indigenous communities across Canada as they discuss different questions and resources related to moose monitoring and stewardship. 

August 19th 2020 - Introduction to the Indigenous Guardian Toolkit

A video recording of our August webinar can be found here. During this webinar we take you on a guided tour of the tips, resources, and stories available on the Indigenous Guardians Toolkit. Indigenous Guardians from across the country have chosen to share insights, lessons learned, and sample documents that you can adapt for your own Guardian program, as well as ideas, tips, and worksheets to help develop and strengthen your Guardian program.

July 28th 2020 - Involving Youth in Indigenous Guardian Programs

A video recording of our July webinar can be found here. During this webinar we heard from Zahra Remtulla (On the Lands Coordinator for Nature United), Vernon Brown (SEAS and Outdoor Program Coordinator, Kitasoo/Xai’xais First Nation), and representatives from the Misipawistik Cree Nation Guardian program. These guest speakers shared tips and insights about how they engage youth in their Indigenous Guardian Programs.  

June 24th 2020 Indigenous Guardian Field Safety

A video recording of our June webinar on Indigenous Guardian Field Safety can be found here. During this webinar we were joined by guest speakers Patricia Nash (Manager, Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas) and Keith Christmas (Manager for the Guardian Program) from Unama’ki Institute for Natural Resources, Dana Holtby (Training Coordinator) from Coastal Stewardship Network, and Ernie Tallio (Guardian Watchmen Manager) from Nuxalk Nation, and Kevin Koch (Fish and Wildlife Biologist) from Gitanyow Lax'yip Guardians.

May 27th 2020 Overcoming Challenges: Indigenous Guardian Responses to COVID-19

A summary of the solutions and work-arounds Indigenous Guardian programs are using and creating to face the challenges created by COVID-19 can be found here

May 1st 2020 - Talking Together: Indigenous Guardian Responses to COVID-19

A summary of the main challenges, opportunities and solutions discussed during the May 1st webinar can be found here. 

Community resource

Webinar Notes - Talking Together: Indigenous Guardian Responses to COVID-19

Community resource

Notes from Overcoming Challenges: Indigenous Guardian Responses to COVID-19 Webinar


Tips for Communicating About Your Indigenous Guardian Program Online

  1. Know your audience. Reflect on who you are most likely to be communicating with online. Tailor your content to the specific audiences you want to reach.
  2. Choose the online platform(s) that best meets your online community’s needs. Understand how the platform functions in terms of post frequency, and type of content being uploaded.
  3. Build a framework to establish basic guidelines on what is or isn’t appropriate to post in your social media space and consider having a moderator who approves community posts to uphold those guidelines.
  4. Make a schedule of what and when you will post online and stick to it. Prepare posts ahead of time to help you maintain your schedule. 
  5. Post consistently on your social media platforms so people know what your program is doing and feel connected through your updates.
  6. Be clear, concise, and informative when posting. Include as much information as possible, but be clear on what information you can or can’t post (such as sensitive data or preliminary information). 
  7. Take Lots of Photos. Having consistent documentation of your program allows your community the ability to see what has been going on in their territory.
  8. Use hashtags consistently in all your posts.
  9. Respect privacy by carefully reviewing your written posts, photos, and videos for personal information that you do not have consent to share (such as license plates or children’s faces).
  10. Maintain your tone, stay consistent, stay positive, and be genuine in your engagement. Sharing your personality when you are posting will resonate with your audience and communicate that you are a real person who is learning every day. 
  11. Engage and build relationships with people in the community you serve. Engaging in positive communication can get your community excited about your work and make it easier for them to contact you directly for information.

Special thanks to Chelsie Parayko, Amberly Quakegesic, Nicole Morven, Jimmy Morgan, and Pamela Vernaus for contributing their expertise to the TST webinar, Communicating About What You Do.


Tips for Communicating About Your Indigenous Guardian Program Online