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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.

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

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Press Release – October 13, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Bras d’Or Collaborative Environmental Planning Initiative leads the discussion on sustainable practices across industry sectors for Bras d’Or Lakes with Fall event, “The People of the Lakes Speak: 2016 CEPI Sustainable Practices Conference for Bras d’Or Lakes”.

Eskasoni, Unama’ki (Cape Breton, NS) – October 13, 2016 – Collaborative Planning for sustainable development of Bras d’Or Lakes will continue with a fall conference in Baddeck, NS.

Building on the current work of the Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources from two successful workshops held as a response to the Cape Breton First Nations Chiefs in 2003, the Collaborative Environmental Planning Initiative (CEPI) will host The People of the Lakes Speak Conference on November 8-10, 2016 at the Baddeck Inverary Resort and the Wagmatcook Culture and Heritage Centre.

The event will bring stakeholders together to focus on defining “sustainable practices” for the communities of the Bras d’Or Lakes watershed, inspire movement towards best practices in sustainable development for communities and examine how best practices towards sustainable development can be key drivers in economic development.

CEPI is pleased to announce the keynote speaker for the event, Dr. David Suzuki, will close the conference on November 10th with a luncheon presentation on the importance of sustainability for the future and the impact sustainable practices will have on the Bras d’Or Lake Region.

Mr. Dan Christmas, Chairperson of the CEPI says “This conference will build on the work previously completed from workshops held in 2003 and 2004 and is about bringing people together from the Bras d’Or Lakes communities to discuss how we can develop this sensitive ecological area in a sustainable way. Having Dr. Suzuki as a keynote at the event will certainly heighten the awareness for the need for sustainable practices for the future of the watershed and lakes.”

 

In November, 2005 the Bras d’Or Charter was signed by all the Mi’kmaq communities, municipal, provincial and federal agencies which committed them to the Bras d’Or Lakes Collaborative Environmental Planning Initiative (CEPI). The spirit of the Charter is the collaboration: one eye on past history and teachings and one eye on modern science (Two Eyed Seeing). All agencies work together, bringing their statutes, expertise and interests to the group, information and ideas will be shared. This conference will be held in keeping with the spirit of the Charter and build a path forward for putting sustainable development around the Bras d’Or Lakes.

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Bras d’Or Collaborative Environmental Planning Initiative leads the discussion on sustainable practices across industry sectors for Bras d’Or Lakes with Fall event, “The People of the Lakes Speak: 2016 CEPI Sustainable Practices Conference for Bras d’Or Lakes”.

Eskasoni, Unama’ki (Cape Breton, NS) – October 13, 2016 – Collaborative Planning for sustainable development of Bras d’Or Lakes will continue with a fall conference in Baddeck, NS.

Building on the current work of the Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources from two successful workshops held as a response to the Cape Breton First Nations Chiefs in 2003, the Collaborative Environmental Planning Initiative (CEPI) will host The People of the Lakes Speak Conference on November 8-10, 2016 at the Baddeck Inverary Resort and the Wagmatcook Culture and Heritage Centre.

The event will bring stakeholders together to focus on defining “sustainable practices” for the communities of the Bras d’Or Lakes watershed, inspire movement towards best practices in sustainable development for communities and examine how best practices towards sustainable development can be key drivers in economic development.

CEPI is pleased to announce the keynote speaker for the event, Dr. David Suzuki, will close the conference on November 10th with a luncheon presentation on the importance of sustainability for the future and the impact sustainable practices will have on the Bras d’Or Lake Region.
Mr. Dan Christmas, Chairperson of the CEPI says “This conference will build on the work previously completed from workshops held in 2003 and 2004 and is about bringing people together from the Bras d’Or Lakes communities to discuss how we can develop this sensitive ecological area in a sustainable way. Having Dr. Suzuki as a keynote at the event will certainly heighten the awareness for the need for sustainable practices for the future of the watershed and lakes.”

In November, 2005 the Bras d’Or Charter was signed by all the Mi’kmaq communities, municipal, provincial and federal agencies which committed them to the Bras d’Or Lakes Collaborative Environmental Planning Initiative (CEPI). The spirit of the Charter is the collaboration: one eye on past history and teachings and one eye on modern science (Two Eyed Seeing). All agencies work together, bringing their statutes, expertise and interests to the group, information and ideas will be shared. This conference will be held in keeping with the spirit of the Charter and build a path forward for putting sustainable development around the Bras d’Or Lakes.

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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: www.cepiconference.seatsandtables.ca

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