The People of the Lakes Speak Conference Report & Proceedings

The 2016 Conference Proceedings and Final Report are now available.

Over the past ten years the focus for CEPI with regards to the development of Bras d’Or Lakes has been focused on environmental planning. The vision for the 2016 conference was to move the discussion for the Bras d’Or Lakes beyond planning and put in place actionable practices that would allow industry sectors to grow without harming the environment. The focus of the conference was to bring people of the region together to discuss best practices for sustainability in the industry sectors and to identify projects and development that can positively impact economic development in the region while helping to build more sustainable communities in Cape Breton.

Click here to access the conference proceedings.

Click here to access the final conference report.

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Live Streaming From CEPI Conference – Dr. David Suzuki Address

Watch the conference address by Dr. David Suzuki, World Leader in Sustainable Ecology at the Collaborative Environmental Planning Initiative (CEPI) Conference: The People of the Lakes Speak, at Wagmatcook First Nation Cultural Centre. November 10th and 1pm.

→ Watch Live Here – Dr. David Suzuki Live Streaming from CEPI Conference

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People of the Lake Speak – Conference Agenda Available

The Bras d’Or CEPI conference “People of the Lake Speak” is quickly approaching! Here is the full agenda for the conference.



For further information, including registration, please see the event details.

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Golden Awards 2016

The Bras d’Or Golden Awards are open for nominations. Who do you know around the Lakes that is helping to protect the Bras d’Or watershed? Nominate your favourite individual, youth, business or organization for a 2016 Golden Award today! Click here to submit a nomination.

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2016 Conference Update

The CEPI conference will be held on November 8-9-10, 2016 at the Wagmatcook First Nation Cultural Centre and the Inverary Inn, Baddeck, on beautiful Cape Breton Island (morning sessions and lunches in Wagmatcook, afternoon sessions and evening presentations in Baddeck).

We live in one of the most beautiful Islands in the World, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, yet our future faces many economic challenges. The CEPI conference is bringing together the people of Cape Breton Island and others from across the country to discuss and determine best sustainable practices focusing on six pillars:

  • Forestry
  • Agriculture
  • Aquaculture
  • Mining
  • Tourism
  • Alternative Energy

The conference outcomes will determine the next steps to take to attract and maintain sustainable businesses on our island, reduce outmigration of our people and to attract people back home. CEPI is unique in that along with community organizations and academia, it has four levels of government at its table – First Nations, Municipal, Provincial and Federal. This conference is going to take the opinions and issues directly from the people that live and work around the Bras d’Or Lakes and present it to those four levels of government – hence the title of the conference, ‘The People of the Lakes Speak’.

For agenda and registration information please visit:

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