July 2022

Indigenous Peoples, Collaboration, and Projects

Status: Advanced registration is now closed. Please contact Allison Smith at [email protected] for inquiries.
Date: Tuesday, July 12, 2022
Time: 11:45 AM-12:00 PM Pacific: Registration
12:00 PM-2:30 PM Pacific: Webinar
Location: Webinar
Presenter: Kear Porttris, Principal Owner
Porttris Consulting Group

Natasha Parrish
Porttris Consulting Group 
Credit: Eligible for 2.5 CE Hour(s) of Ethical Learning
Cost: Engineers and Geoscientists BC Registrant Early Bird Price: $70.00 + GST = $73.50 until June 28, 2022

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Non-Registrant Price: $90.00 + GST = $94.50

Student Price: $45.00 + GST = $47.25
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This new Era of Reconciliation requires engineers to be allies and provide support to projects that enable inclusion, not stifle it. Working with Indigenous communities is becoming the norm on many projects, as clients are requiring inclusion of Indigenous communities. Also, Indigenous people are keen to participate in projects in their territories. Recognizing this, we all have a responsibility to learn more about each other and change the way that we do things to maximize opportunity and relationship building.

This webinar will demonstrate ways to work collaboratively with Indigenous Peoples and their communities. Facilitators will share examples that show the rapid, changing environment of Indigenous inclusion with modern projects.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe some basic differences between Indigenous Peoples across Canada;
  • Develop understandings of cultural differences between Indigenous cultures and non-Indigenous cultures;
  • Understand different tools used to involve Indigenous communities and populations into projects; and
  • Incorporate value analysis into the way that you do business.


Kear Porttris

Principal owner, Porttris Consulting Group 

Kear is a Métis-Chinese professional who has been walking in multiple worlds since he was born. His Father is Métis and his mother is a Chinese immigrant from Hong Kong. He grew up in Treaty Four Territory in Regina, Saskatchewan. With a civil engineering background, holding an undergraduate and master of applied science degree in civil engineering. He merges education, personal, and professional experience with a solutions based lens. He has extensive experience developing partnerships between industry and Indigenous communities. He focuses on using a collaborative approach to bolster and support Indigenization across disciplines and find unique and effective solutions for his clients. He is able to combine his professional training with his unique perspectives and network to support clients. He is involved with a number of interesting and innovative projects that are pushing the limits of Indigenization in industry. Kear sits on the board of Métis Nation of Greater Victoria, helping to represent Métis People throughout lək̓ʷəŋən and W̱SÁNEĆ Territories.

Natasha Parrish

Porttris Consulting Group 

Natasha is Kyaanuuslii Haida through her mother and maternal grandmothers and English through her father. She was born and raised in Teechamitsa lək̓ʷəŋən Territory in a large, loving family. She graduated from the University of Victoria with a bachelors of history, a postgraduate degree in secondary teaching, and later a master of arats in Indigenous Nationhood. Her interests lie in Indigenous education, policy development, and Indigenizing professional development for non-Indigenous people. She is interested in the intersections between our shared history, social and ethical responsibilities, and the realities of our modern world. She brings experience as an Indigenous educator working within larger institutions to her work creating safer and braver space for clients.

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