As this lovely fall comes to an end, Camrose community members and Augustana students are preparing a conference, Making Peace with the Land, for this November 13-15. The conference marks the fourth annual community-centered gathering aimed at public discussion of economy and responsibility for natural systems. This year we are happy to host excellent speakers on topics such as solar energy, Cree traditional medicine and innovative business practices.
Opening the conference on Friday evening is Norman Wirzba, professor at Duke University, author of Making Peace with the Land and editor of an anthology of Wendell Berry’s agrarian essays. On Saturday, James Makokis, M.D. will share his insights from integrating traditional Cree knowledge with modern medicine. Saturday afternoon Dennis Cuku, president of Oil Country Engineering and co-owner of Alberta’s first Net Zero commercial building, will present his vision for transitioning to a green economy and fostering a healthy business.
Sunday offers two workshops: “Alberta’s Solar Energy Potential” with Randall Benson, one of Canada’s leading solar experts, and “Cree History, Culture and Ceremony” with internationally recognized educators Roy and Judy Louis.
In addition to these speakers, a central feature of this conference will be round table discussions among conference participants, a special presentations with guests from Australia, and a youth panel on “Visions for the Future”. The web of relationship that is at the heart of the conference will be strengthened by your participation.
We would like to invite you to take advantage of the early bird registration before November 5.
You can register on our website: www.spiritoftheland.ca/register/
You can learn more about the conference at www.spiritoftheland.ca
Please spread the word about the conference to interested parties. All are welcome and all are needed for this important work. The resilience and stability of the natural world depends on respectful relationships with each other and with the ecologies that sustain us.