Learn, Share, Connect - Indigenous Guardians Webinar Series

Learn, Share, Connect - Indigenous Guardian Webinar Series


The TST is pleased to begin our 2020 series of online workshops, Learn, Share, Connect - Indigenous Guardians Webinar Series. As everyone adjusts to COVID-19, we remain available to support Indigenous Guardians, programs, and the staff who support Guardians.

Upcoming Webinars:

Indigenous Moose Monitoring and Stewardship - 2 Part Webinar

In the last decade, Indigenous peoples across Canada have been sounding the alarm about moose populations and their habitats. Moose, a species of deep importance to many Indigenous peoples, cultures, and communities across Canada, have declined in numbers dramatically in many areas – with far-reaching impacts to Indigenous communities, food security, cultures, and ways of life. Many Nations and Guardian programs have responded by developing moose monitoring and stewardship programs.

In response to inquiries, requests and discussion with community partners, the Indigenous Guardians Technical Support Team (TST) are convening a two part, interactive webinar series focused on Indigenous Guardians and Moose Monitoring & Stewardship.

Moose Webinar Part 1 – October 20th, 2020

Date: October 20th, 2020, 10:00am - 12:00pm PST

Registration: Sign up here for the webinar

Join us for Part 1 of a conversation about Indigenous Guardians and moose stewardship. In this webinar, you’ll hear from Guardians, stewardship staff, and researchers about some leading Indigenous-led moose stewardship and monitoring initiatives in Canada, including the lead Guardian and wildlife biologist from Gitanyow First Nation, plus Dr. Jesse Popp, an Indigenous Canada Research Chair working with community partners to study moose populations. You will have the opportunity to discuss your questions and highlight current issues related to moose, in small groups with other participants.

Moose Webinar Part 2 - Date TBD

Part 2 of this webinar series will highlight information, resources, and strategies that Indigenous Guardians and stewardship programs are using to address some of the challenges and questions raised during the first webinar session. You’ll learn about available resources to support Indigenous Guardians addressing moose issues. This interactive session will also be a chance to network and connect with other First Nations as you hear about the strategies and approaches others are using to monitor, steward and advocate for moose in their territories.


Webinars will feature a different workshop topic to support and strengthen Indigenous Guardians programs across Canada. Sometimes guest speakers will share their expertise on the topic, plus we will share tools and resources that are available to you, make time for questions and discussion, and provide the chance for Indigenous Guardian programs to learn from, and share experiences with each other.

We are excited about this opportunity to connect with programs across the country, and learn together to create resilient and successful Guardian Programs.

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

Previous Webinars

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