Nuts’a’maat: We Are All One

John Harris

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Archived video of this webinar.

This talk will focus on the interconnectedness of all life around the Salish Sea and our human dependence upon healthy eco-systems. It will further explore the role Indigenous knowledge and knowledge holders, Elders, and educators in maintaining these delicate systems. In a year that saw this region's greatest range of temperature ever recorded in one year, which correlated to mass die offs of shellfish and extreme flooding, these conversations are not only timely but imperative. Many people are familiar with the phrase "we are only as strong as our weakest link," but in the community I'm from the teaching is "Nuts’a’maat - We are all one."

John Harris

John Harris is an Indigenous Educator from Snuneymuxw (Nanaimo) First Nation, working in the Greater Victoria School District's Indigenous Education Department as the Elders and Indigenous Knowledge Facilitator, on U. Vic's Living Lab Project steering committee, and as a program coordinator/facilitator. He is grateful for the privilege of living, learning, and working in the traditional territory of the (Lekwungen) Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations, and passionate about weaving local Indigenous perspectives and knowledge into teaching and learning opportunities for youth. As an educator, John has found that incredibly profound learning occurs at the intersection between traditional ecological knowledge of local First Peoples, land-based and Indigenous pedagogy, and an individual and collective openness to embrace Uy’skwuluwun (a good mind and a good heart) when doing this work.

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The Environmental Speaker Series is hosted by the College of the Environment at Western Washington University.

The Series is free and open to the public.

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Presentations are held each Thursday at 4:30pm On-campus and ONLINE.


Due to the pandemic, the in-person presentations are not open to the public. However, the talks will be live-streamed ONLINE for the off-campus audience.


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