Land Acknowledgements for Engineers and Geoscientists

Video Length: 53:44

Date Recorded: March 10,2021

Explore the practice of acknowledging First Peoples and traditional land as a way to open meetings but also as part of a larger process towards reconciliation between non-Indigenous and Indigenous Peoples in Canada, with a panel of Indigenous engineers and geoscientists.

The session accompanies the Guide to Acknowledging First Peoples and Traditional Land: Land Acknowledgements for Staff and Volunteers.

Purpose of the webinar

To engage engineers and geoscientists in the practice of practice of acknowledging First Peoples and traditional land as a way to open meetings but also as part of a larger process towards reconciliation between non-Indigenous and Indigenous Peoples in Canada.

Desired Learning Outcomes

  • Engineers and geoscientists increase their awareness of Indigenous ways of knowing and Indigenous connection to the land
  • Engineers and geoscientists understand some of the impacts of their professions on Indigenous communities
  • Engineers and geoscientists understand their responsibility in improving Indigenous/settler relations as part of reconciliation


Chief Leah George-Wilson

Miller Titerle + Company

Leah George-Wilson is a member of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, where she was the first woman to be elected Chief in 2001. She held office for three terms and worked for TWN for 18 years. Leah then went to law school at UBC. Today she is a board director of the Land Advisory Board (since 2008) and Co-chair at the First Nation Summit (since 2004). In March 2019, Leah was re-elected Chief at Tsleil-Waututh. In addition, Leah is a practicing lawyer at Miller Titerle + Co.

Leah is married, has an adult daughter and lives on Tsleil-Waututh Reserve Land.

Linda Murphy, B.Sc., A Professional Geoscientist registered in Manitoba

Member of Hollow Water First Nation

Linda Murphy obtained her B.Sc (hons) in Geological Sciences from the University of Manitoba in 2006. Her postsecondary education was supported by her Community of Hollow Water First Nation, located on the east side of Lake Winnipeg.

She began work in 2006 as a field mapping geologist for the Manitoba Geological Survey. Through the creation of a community liaison program in 2010, Linda shared geological information with First Nation communities in Manitoba. She also worked on Indigenous Policy for the Mineral Resource Division prior to her transition to the mineral industry in 2017.

While most of her work is located in Manitoba, she divides her time between Winnipeg, Manitoba and Campbell River, BC, where her immediate family live.

Matthew Dunn, A Professional Engineer registered in Saskatchewan

Project Manager, Great Plains Contracting

Matthew Dunn is Dene and a member of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation. Matthew worked for six years in the mining industry as a Mechanical Engineer, created the IPIC Engineering Access Program at the University of Saskatchewan, and previously worked as the Indigenization and Reconciliation Coordinator in the USask Office of the Vice Provost Indigenous Engagement and is currently working as a project Manager at Great Plains Contracting.

Matthew helped lead the creation of the Canadian Indigenous Science and Engineering Society, and served as the Chair of Engineers Canada's Equitable Participation in Engineering Committee and Indigenous Peoples Participation in Engineering Working Group.

Nalaine Morin, BASC, EP

Principal, ArrowBlade Consulting Services

Nalaine Morin is a member of the Tahltan Nation. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree from the University of British Columbia and a Mechanical Engineering Technology Diploma from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

As the Principal of ArrowBlade Consulting Services, she has managed the environmental reviews of several large resource development projects on behalf of First Nations and also provides services in technical review, regulatory support, IBA negotiations, community consultation and environmental resource management.

Registrants can claim "1" Continuing Education hours after viewing this session


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