Carolynne Crawley, Msit No’kmaq
Indigenous peoples around the Earth deeply understand the interwoven relationships between all beings. Indigenous Elders speak of the individual and collective responsibility we all have to be in a healthy and reciprocal relationship with the Earth, ourselves, and with each other. This may be more important now than any time in history. Carolynne will share Indigenous perspectives from Elders in her life that guide people to move through grief and into hope while building responsible and reciprocal relations with the Earth.
Carolynne Crawley, has Mi’kmaw, Black and Irish ancestry and is from the East Coast, known today as Nova Scotia. She is the founder of Msit No’kmaq which translates to All My Relations in Mi’ kmaw. She is dedicated to social and environmental justice and supporting Indigenous led community work connected to Indigenous foodways. Carolynne is passionate about reconnecting people with the land, waters, and all beings as there is no separation between us. From Indigenous perspectives across the Earth, they are all our relations to be treated with as much love, respect, and reciprocity as we do with our human loved ones. Carolynne leads workshops that support the development and strengthening of healthy and reciprocal relationships based upon Indigenous knowledges that decolonize existing interactions with the land and with each other.
Carolynne is also a certified Forest Therapy Guide, has been a Forest Therapy Trainer and Mentor for five years, a Blanket Exercise Facilitator, a Holistic Nutritionist, Storyteller, a Co-Producer of the documentary Reckoning with the Wendigo, and a member of the Tkaronto Indigenous Land Stewardship Circle. She also works with Canada’s largest food security organization as the Indigenous Network & Knowledge Sharing senior Specialist. Carolynne has also worked in the Mental Health Sector as a Child & Youth Worker for more than twenty years. Carolynne can be found speaking at events that center around social, food, and environmental justice.
WHO BUILDS THE TEAMBUILDERS?
Bill Elgie, Director Norval Outdoor School (Retired)
As outdoor educators, we have a large toolbox that we use to run team building activities for our students / clients. Too often, we forget to use these tools to build wellbeing within the whole team at our own workplaces. Bill Elgie, recently retired director of the Norval Outdoor School, shares activities, games and ideas developed with Norval staff over the last 15 years to promote positive work relationships and create a more supportive staff culture.