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Taking Care of Our Land Symposium May 2023

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The Department of Geography, Geology & Land Stewardship at Algoma University will host the fourth Taking Care of Our Land Symposium in May 2023. The purpose of the symposium is to explore, through research and best practices, the inclusion of cultural and traditional practices of land management, planning, and use for Aboriginal communities in Northern Ontario.


Description: The Land Stewardship Fund will be used to provide financial assistance to students enrolled in Level 1 of the Professional Lands Management Certification Program offered at Algoma University or the Akii & Environmental Stewardship Certificate. Financial assistance in the amount of $250 will be provided from the fund to four students with a demonstrated financial need in one of the following areas: assistance with transportation costs, assistance with accommodations or assistance with tuition fees. Preference will be given to First Nations, Métis or Inuit students.

Eligibility: You must be enrolled in the May 10-14, 2021 GEOG 2196 course entitled “Introduction to Land Management in First Nation Contexts” for credit.

Note: Completed applications along with all supporting documents are to be submitted via email to awards@algomau.ca. Incomplete applications and/or applications received after the deadline date will not be considered. If you have any questions regarding this application form, or require information on scholarships and bursaries, please contact Rita Vacirca at awards@algomau.ca or (705) 949-2301 ext. 4723.

Application Deadline: June 15th, 2021

Submit completed application via email to awards@algomau.ca

Click here to download and fill out form (xlsx).

• Academics – faculty, students (undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral)

• Practitioners – economic development, land management, community planners, community engagement, land claim negotiators

• Non-governmental organizations – Indigenous lands, environment or economic development organizations

• Government departments (municipal, provincial, federal)

• Band Council members and Community members (youth, women, and elders)


View the 2019 symposium program (PDF)



View the 2017 symposium program (PDF)



View the 2015 symposium program (PDF)



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