Indigenous and Canadian Approaches to the Environment and Natural Resources

With Robert Bowles and Brian Charles

Join us for a discussion on Indigenous and Canadian Approaches to the Environment and Natural Resources by two local experts. This is the third event in the Simcoe County Couchiching Conversation Series, focusing on indigenous issues and approaches in Canada.


About Robert Bowles

Bob Bowles is a science and nature expert who has lead ecotours across Canada and to many other parts of the world. He has a strong passion for the protection of the environment and has consulted on many development decisions due to his extensive knowledge. Bob is a strong supporter of his community and has volunteered thousands of hours to help environmental projects in Simcoe North, Muskoka and other locations in Canada.

In Orillia, his home city, he has lobbied hard for many years for the protection of wetlands and natural areas. He led the formation of Friends Of Scout Valley to protect what is now a Natural Heritage Park in Orillia. He advocated to have the Regan House, the oldest building in Orillia, restored and built on the Scout Valley land and was part of a team of six volunteers who eventually restored the house. Bob has worked with local residents to gain support and donations for items of historical value for display inside of Regan House. He has served and chaired many organizations and committees that have taken on projects on community improvement. Bob was presented with the Order of Orillia in 2005 and the Orillia Citizen of the Year in 2006.


About Brian Charles

Brian Charles is Native community liaison for the Anishnabe Education and Training Circle (AETC) at Georgian College. The AETC is comprised of 15 Aboriginal communities and organizations. Membership in the Circle includes: the Barrie Area Native Advisory Circle; the Barrie Native Friendship Centre; the Beausoleil First Nation; the Be-Wab-Bon Metis Association; the Chippewas of Nawash; the Chippewas of Rama First Nation; the Georgian Bay Native Friendship Centre; the Georgina Island First Nation; the Metis Nation of Ontario; the Mohawks of Wahta; the Ontario Metis Council; the Parry Sound Friendship Centre; the Rama & Area Native Women's Association; the Sweetgrass Women's Association; and the Wasauksing First Nation. According to information issued by Georgian College, the mandate of the Circle is "to provide culturally-appropriate and Anishnabe-controlled post-secondary education."

Free event with limited seating, so please register.

Location: Midland Public Library
320 King Street, Midland, Ontario view map
Date: Tuesday March 26 7-9 PM
Admission: Free
Light snacks will be served
RSVP: Dr Douglas West -

or contact T: 416-494-1440 Ext. 225

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