Coastal Conversations (Fall 2022- Spring 2023)Coastal Conversations invites participants to connect with community facilitators and MMBC staff to build cultural literacy, deeper understanding, and ultimately a more inclusive, welcoming community of diversity.
Cost:FREE per person
About this experience
Where Land Meets Sea: Navigating our Responsibility when Exploring the Outdoors
Date: Thursday March 30th
Doors open at 5:30pm
Optional Networking and Gallery Viewing from 7:30-8pm
As the weather gets nicer, more people will be getting outdoors. But have you ever considered the impacts – both positive and negative – that you have on the places you go? Connect with like-minded people, hear from individuals with different perspectives, and reflect on your relationships with the places you live and visit. Discuss challenges and opportunities with others and leave feeling empowered to seek the information that will make you a better steward for the places you love.
In advance of the program, participants will be expected to read through the Community Agreement. Participants will also be provided with additional optional reading materials.
Lucero González Ruiz moved to Vancouver from Mexico City in 2015 to study Biological Sciences, Conservation, and Evolution at Simon Fraser University. Lucero is passionate about climate change, as well as social and environmental justice, which are challenges that can only be solved with the inclusion of local communities.
She is currently finding her way back to her roots and indigenous ancestry, including learning her family’s traditional language “Hñahñu” of the Hñahñu or Otomi nation from the Mezquital Valley in Mexico.
Lucero lives on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples.
Coastal Conversations invites participants to connect with community facilitators and MMBC staff to build cultural literacy, deeper understanding, and ultimately a more inclusive, welcoming community of diversity. Conversations may touch on sensitive topics including (but not limited to) experiences of those who are unhoused, immigration journeys, queer and trans community experiences, etc. as they relate to the maritime experience.
We are committed to ensuring that all participants experience a welcoming and safe environment in these conversations, regardless of personal background or identity. Participants can expect:
- Clear guiding principles and expectations for conversation;
- Co-facilitators with knowledge/experience in the topic area and training in facilitating conversations.
- Optional readings and learning opportunities provided in advance of the conversation so participants can join the conversations with some framework to engage in discussions.
Questions? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.