Ecological Grief

November 22, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Grieving the loss or change of a cherished natural space has not always been recognized as a true form of grieving. With wildfires and summers filled with smoke, devastating flooding, subtle changes in the seasons, and the recent IPCC report, ecological grief is now starting to become recognized as a legitimate form of mourning and anxiety. But like all forms of grief, ecological grief is personal, unique, and doesn't often follow a logical pattern. Join us for a discussion around the ways we may grieve a landscape similarly (and differently) to other forms of loss.

This workshop will begin with opening remarks from Misamaakii - Long Time Woman, Lori Brave Rock, from the Blood & Blackfeet Tribes, addressing the impacts of colonialism on Indigenous Peoples and their territories and decolonization through the vitalization of the Blackfoot Culture.

Following these remarks, Co-founder of Refugia Retreats and Environmental Scientist Amy Spark will continue the conversation. Amy will lead the group in an exploration of the various facets of ecological grief, including the complexities that come with grief in a resource-extraction province. The session will include a “101” introduction to this topic, as well as a deeper discussion on the ways in which environmental and ecological grief can become messages of hope and experiences of empowerment. Halfway through the workshop, Refugia Retreats Co-Founder Jodi Lammiman will guide the group on a meditation to promote being grounded throughout the exploration of this grief. Finally, participants will be provided with invitations to next steps and conversations for climate action to further their journey.

Tickets are pay what you can (PWYC) to ensure accessibility, and space is limited and participants are requested to RSVP ahead of time to secure space. Ticket donation suggestions can range between $0 and $20. Childminding and transportation subsidy is available (including for access from surrounding rural communities), Interpretation is available upon request. Complimentary refreshments will be provided, with vegan, gluten sensitive, halal options available. Please contact Kristina Larkin for any of these services, or for more information at [email protected].

This event is held on Blackfoot Territory, part of Treaty 7, traditional territory of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot), Nakoda (Stoney), and Tsuut'ina. The organizers of this workshop are visitors on this land. We acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future Indigenous peoples of this land, and hope to work together for the preservation of this land and its peoples.

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Lethbridge Public Library
810 5 Avenue S
T1J 4C4 Lethbridge , AB