A conversation between Sierra Club BC Cultural VoicekQwa’st’not ~ charlenegeorgeand Sierra Club BC Executive Director Hannah Askew
July 6, 2021
In a time of ecosystem collapse, the destruction of the last remaining old-growth forests, and a climate in crisis, the only question we should be asking is: Where do we start?
How can we reframe the conversation and shift our language to focus on the heart of what the climate crisis is — the result of many humans’ disconnection to the Earth and our non-human relatives. Join us on this journey as we learn to see and act differently. As we change our ways, we might begin to grow into the balance that our world so desperately needs.
Where do we start?
Join kQwa’st’not ~ charlene george (artist, cultural voice with Sierra Club BC and member of the tSouk peoples) and Sierra Club BC Executive Director Hannah Askew for this timely conversation.
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kQwa’st’not~Charlene George is a band member of the tSouk nation, a cultural guide for Siera Club BC, active in her local cultural community and has recently completed her MA. As part of completing her master’s Seeing Through Watcher’s Eyes was given ‘life.’
kQwa’st’not observes that change or transformation is not easy or comfortable for most. However, this work is imperative to our collective ability to survive and thrive. After all, we are all in one canoe and together we will journey well or capsize. She notes that NONU WEL,WEL TI,Á NE TȺ,EȻEȽ — our canoe is really tippy as we try to journey together, so we must strive to better balance our relationship with each other, Western and Indigenous knowledge systems, and ways of knowing. This is a process that can be difficult and requires hard work, an open mind, humility and willingness to change.
Hannah Askew is the Executive Director of Sierra Club BC. She is a lawyer and practiced public interest environmental law prior to joining Sierra Club BC. Her work focused on addressing the cumulative impacts of industrial development on ecosystems and advocating for proactive and inclusive planning processes for the land and water.
Hannah has also been deeply involved in learning from Indigenous communities about their systems of law and governance. She worked as a researcher on Anishinaabe and Coast Salish legal orders for the Indigenous Law Research Unit at the University of Victoria and taught as an instructor in the Aboriginal Justice Studies Program at the Native Education College. She also researched Tsilhqot’in and Ktunaxa law as part of the RELAW project (“Revitalizing Indigenous Law for Land, Air and Water”).
Hannah holds Master of Arts degrees in history and anthropology from the University of Toronto and McGill University, as well as a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School. She was born on Anishinaabe territory into a family of English and Scottish descent.