healthyenviron
January 23rd, 2020
New Maryland Centre
New Maryland

Over the last decade, there has been increasing awareness around mental health and its importance, but what are the links between mental health and the environment? What are the implications for children and youth?

The environment affects children’s mental health in many ways. Contaminants in the air, water, soil, food, and household products can interfere biochemically and neurologically with mental health. Climate stress and eco-anxiety are on the rise, particularly among children and youth, who are concerned about their future. On the positive side, evidence is building to show that exposure to nature and outdoor play has positive benefits to children’s mental health. On the whole, the environment & mental health is a multi-faceted and emerging area of study, one that is worthwhile to dive into!

You might be wondering:
  • How can we alleviate children’s worries and anxiety around climate change? 
  • In what ways to contaminants affect children’s mental health and how can these impacts be reduced?
  • How does outdoor play benefit children and how can we remove barriers that prevent them from going outside?

Join us on January 23rd to explore these questions and take part in a day filled with interesting presentations, useful workshops, tools, strategies and networking!

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DRAFT AGENDA
8:30 Registration and networking  
9:00 Introduction Annika Chiasson, New Brunswick Environmental Network
9:10 Update from the Children's Environmental Health Collaborative's Teams and Steering Committee, ECHO Network and Environmental Rights Caucus Barbara MacKinnon, New Brunswick Lung Association
Céline Surette, Université de Moncton
Liz Smith, New Brunswick Lung Association
9:35 Workshop: Dealing with Eco-anxiety in the Face of Climate Change Marie Reinsborough and Krista Royama, Iris Community Counselling
10:35 Break  
10:50 Contaminant Exposure and Mental Health in Children Dr. Cathy Vaillancourt, Institut national de la recherche scientifique
11:35 Wonder and Adventure: How Outdoor Play Benefits Children's Mental Health Alex Smith, PlayGroundology (invited)
12:20 Lunch  
1:15 Workshop: Children's Mental Health Indicators in New Brunswick Dr. Céline Surette et Hara Saadia, Université de Moncton
2:15 Break  
2:25 Success Stories: Panel Discussion

Eelground Health Centre
Paula Wood, Fredericton Family Resource Centre
ACCESS Open minds (invited)

3:05 Working Together and Moving Forward  
3:55 Wrap up Barbara MacKinnon, New Brunswick Lung Association
Annika Chiasson, New Brunswick Environmental Network

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Banner watershed

November 19th, 2019
Tweedie Hall, University of Mount Allison
Sackville, N.B.

News stories of cyanobacteria are bringing more awareness to watershed health in the province - and drawing more people to learn about their local waterways and to participate in citizen science projects. 

How do we build on this momentum to promote citizen engagement in our watersheds?
Which tools and strategies are the most effective in moving watershed work ahead in the province now and into the future?

Join us for a day dedicated to watershed groups filled with interesting presentations, brainstorming sessions, networking, and discussion, complete with an evening social with youth from the province. Let’s get together and move watershed work forward!

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AGENDA
9:30 Registration & Networking  
10:00 Welcome & Introductions Annika Chiasson, New Brunswick Environmental Network
10:10 Freshwater and Climate Change: Framing Climate Change in a Watershed Context Kelli-Nicole Croucher, EOS Eco-Energy
10:25 Case Study: The Monarch Butterfly and Wetland Restoration Wiebke Tinney, Pays de Cocagne  Sustainable Development Group
10:40 Cyanobacteria and Citizen Science Dr. Justin Liefer, Mount Allison University
11:00 Break  
11:10 Creating effective messaging in and for our Watersheds Alexandra del Castello, Associate Specialist, Communications, World Wildlife Fund
11:30 Update on the New Brunswick Water Strategy Melanie Laird, Department of Environment and Local Government
12:00 Lunch  
12:30 The Key Components of a Watershed Management Plan Dr. Michelle Gray, Canadian Rivers Institute
12:45 Key Components in Practice: GIS Mapping Josh Noseworthy, Nature Conservancy of Canada - Atlantic Region
1:15 Watershed Caucus Survey Results Donald Killorn, Eastern Charlotte Waterways
1:30 Analysis Panel: Window of Opportunity for Water Policy

Simon Mitchell, Meduxnekeag Watershed Association
Donald Killorn, Eastern Charlotte Waterways
Lois Corbett, Conservation Council of New Brunswick

2:10 Prioritizing for the next 3 years Annika Chiasson, New Brunswick Environmental Network
3:25 Wrap up  
4:00 Watershed Social  Join us for a chance to network with other watershed groups and students from Mount Allison and Université de Moncton at Ducky's (4 Bridge Street in Sackville). Refreshments will be served.
 

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Sustainability Education Alliance of New Brunswick Provincial Conference
Tweedie Hall, in the Student Centre of Mount Allison University
60 York St, Sackville, NB

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In a world of inequity, how do we encourage students to make the world more sustainable?
How do we teach students to advocate and be active citizens?
How do we find the courage to bring serious real-life problems into the classroom?


These questions, among many others, are at the core of what we will dive into at Teaching on a Tightrope. Every teacher understands the importance of questions, especially when those questions go far beyond the expected course material. Conflicting pressures and interests come at teachers from all sides. The background of each student – and teacher – intersect at the most vulnerable points in which we each experience the world, further complicating how we teach.


Join the conversation and start asking questions!

AGENDA
9:00 Registration and Networking  
9:30 Smudge ceremony and Land Orientation Gilbert Sewell, Elder, Historian and Educator, Pabineau First Nation
10:15 Welcome and Introductions Tzomi Burkhart, New Brunswick Environmental Network
10:25 Updates from SEA teams Roland Chiasson, Nature NB
Nadine Ives, Conservation Council of NB
Susan O'Donnell, RAVEN Project
10:40 Welcome and Comments on Youth Engagement  in Tantramar Politics from Local MLA Megan Mitton, MLA of Memramcook-Tantramar 
10:50 What message do youth want to send to their teachers? Quinn MacAskill, Marshview Middle School
11:05 Break  
11:20 Keynote: Talking to Everyone: How To Bridge Gaps of Belief and Understanding In The Classroom With A Climate Change Lens Carl Duivenvoorden, Sustainability Consultant Trained by Al Gore
12:00 Between False Hope and Impending Doom: Optimism in the Face of Eco-Anxiety Marie Reinsborough-Wadden and Krista Royama, Iris Community Counselling and Consulting; ASD-South 
12:30 Lunch  
1:10 Environmental Electives - How Does Climate Education Fit Into Every Subejct From Pre-K to Post Secondary? Roland Chiasson, Nature NB
Ian Smith, Retired Outdoor Educator
Nadine Ives, Conservation Council of NB
Michelle Thibault, Wolastoqiyik Eco School
1:45 Ask Me Anything: A Philosopher, a Scientist, and a Queer Outdoor Educator Answer Your Anonymous Questions Panelists:
Shitangshu Roy, MA in Environmental Philosophy
Céline Surette, Université de Moncton
Ash Arrowsmith, Community Recreation Worker, Town of Riverview
2:15 Break  
2:30 Unsettling Sustainability In (and Outside) The Classroom Noel Millea, Educator, Elsipogtog 
3:00 Divesting the Coursework: Teaching Around Industry Financing in Schools and Academia Jean-Phillippe Sapinski, Université de Moncton
3:30 Working Together: Incorporating our Learning Into Existing Work  
4:00 Plenary and Closing  


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ecoconfluence
November 16, 2019, 8:30-4:30
The Ville Cooperative, 241 Canada Street, Fredericton

Assembly of All Groups: Let’s build on one another’s efforts! Share key information with groups around the province and learn about other groups’ current issues, priorities, tools, and approaches. A little information goes a long way.

Workshops & Dialogues: Building our capacity! Join in-depth solutions-oriented dialogues and hands-on workshops to move common challenges ahead. Learn from experienced practitioners about ways to make your group more effective.

Stronger Relationships: Relationships are always front and centre in our work. Face-to-face time with others in the Network helps us develop stronger relationships and build resiliency in the environmental movement.

Annual General Meeting: We can accomplish a lot when we work together! Hear about the latest successes and on-going collaborative initiatives happening under the NBEN umbrella and welcome new groups to the Network.


Draft Agenda

8:30-9:00 am Registration & Networking  Silent Auction
9:00-9:15 am Welcome & Introductions  
9:15-9:55 am Workshops & Dialogues I Concurrent sessions:
1) Engagement organizing: Supporting citizen mobilization and leadership – Renata Woodward, Nature Trust of NB (GREEN Room - English session with translation)
OR
2) Coping mechanisms for dealing with eco-anxiety and activism burn-out – Louise Comeau, UNB & Conservation Council of NB (BLUE room - English session)
9:55-10:05 Break Refreshments
Networking
Silent auction
10:05-10:45 am Workshops & Dialogues II Concurrent sessions:
1) A new path forward for consultation on natural resource development in New Brunswick – Raissa Marks, New Brunswick Environmental Network (BLUE room - Bilingual session)
OR
2)
Upping your social media game – Jon MacNeill and Lois Corbett, Conservation Council of NB (GREEN room - English session with translation)
10:45-10:55 Break Refreshments
Networking
Silent auction
10:55-11:35 Workshops & Dialogues III Concurrent sessions:
1) Sharing our environmental stories: Media cooperatives in New Brunswick – Susan O’Donnell, Rural Action and Voices for the Environment (GREEN room - English session with translation)
OR
2) Approaching tricky conversations: Flood risk and relocation – Sabine Dietz, Nature NB (BLUE room - English session)
11:35-11:45 Break Refreshments
Networking
Silent auction
11:45-12:45 Annual General Meeting Welcoming new groups
Steering Committee elections
Bylaw amendments
12:45-1:30 pm Lunch
Silent Auction
 
1:30-1:40 Presentation of NBEN Awards  
1:40-3:00 Assembly of All Groups I Climate Change
Mobilisation for climate action - Antoine Zboralski, Symbiose
Divest UNB Campaign - Rachel Bensler, Rural Action and Voices for the Environment / UNB Student
Climate stress workshops – Lauren Clark, EOS Eco-Energy
Low-carbon economy Caucus - Lynaya Astephen, Red Head - Anthony’s Cove Preservation Association
New Brunswick Climate Change Adaptation Collaborative - Ben Whalen, Kennebecasis Watershed Restoration Committee
Building Regional Adaptation Capacity and Expertise - Sabine Dietz, Nature NB

Nature & Biodiversity
Working together to conserve a common tern colony in Shediac - Jolyne Hébert, Shediac Bay Watershed Association
New & improved invasive species efforts - Kristin Elton, New Brunswick Invasive Species Council
Advances in protected areas in NB - Kelsey Wierdsma, Canadian Parks & Wilderness Society, New Brunswick Chapter
Crown lands Caucus - Vanessa Roy-McDougall, Nature NB
New Brunswick Biodiversity Collaborative - Vanessa Roy-McDougall, Nature NB

Water
Atlantic Data Stream - Emma Wattie, Atlantic Water Network
Where is the water strategy? - Lois Corbett, Conservation Council of NB
Watershed Caucus - Donald Killorn, Eastern Charlotte Waterways
Water issues in West Saint John - David Thompson, Friends of Musquash
3:00-3:15 Break Refreshments
Networking
Silent auction
3:15 SILENT AUCTION CLOSES  
3:15-4:25 Assembly of All Groups II Supporting Rights & Rights-Holders
Land protectors at the Sisson Mine site - Katalin Koller, Council of Canadians Fredericton Chapter
Plants & animals take the NB Government to court - Jean-Louis Deveau, Friends of Mount Carleton Provincial Park
Environmental rights Caucus - Bonnie Hamilton Bogart, Voices for Sustainable Environments and Communities

Engagement & Mobilisation
Campaign to stop glyphosate spraying - Bruce Dryer, Stop Spraying New Brunswick
Using engagement organizing principles to engage new audiences - Emma McIntyre, Nature NB
Using art as to engage new audiences - Danielle Smith, UNB Sustainability
Thinking bigger about funding - Simon Mitchell, WWF Canada / Meduxnekeag River Association

Health & Education
Sustainability Education Alliance of New Brunswick - Roland Chiasson, Nature NB
Great Minds Think Outside teacher training program - Nadine Ives, Conservation Council of NB
New Brunswick Children’s Environmental Health Collaborative - Barb MacKinnon, New Brunswick Lung Association
Working across sectors to address the health impacts of resource development - Annika Chiasson, New Brunswick Environmental Network
4:25-4:30 Wrap-up  

whoscoming

Rose He, Allison Dean, John Zirpolo, Amy Floyd, Al Cusack, Claire Vezina, Leah Henry, Roxanne MacKinnon, Ainslee MacMillan, Gordon Dalzell, John Yauss, Nikita Spencer, Marie Maltais, Geoff MacDonald, Anne Reed, Lee Reed, Melanie Langille, Molly Demma, Danielle Andrus, Laura Chandler, Marie Leclerc, Jimmy Therrien, Melissa Rafuse, Elizabeth Hyslop, David Thompson, Nadine Ives, Marieka Chaplin, Emma Wattie, Samantha Brewster, Kelsey Wilson, Barbara MacKinnon, Donald Killorn, Charlotte Flores, Ben Whalen, Rebecca Sharp, Hélène Maillet, Alysha McGrattan, Jenna Knorr, Emma McIntyre, Vanessa Roy-McDougall, Frank Johnston, Antoine Zboralski, Dorice Pinet, Roland Chiasson, Rachel Bensler, Lauren Clark, Lynaya Astephen, Sabine Dietz, Jolyne Hébert, Kristin Elton, Lois Corbett, Katalin Koller, Jean-Louis Deveau, Bonnie Hamilton Bogart, Danielle Smith, Simon Mitchell, Roland Chiasson, Annika Chiasson, Renata Woodward, Raissa Marks, Tzomi Burkhart, Susan O’Donnell, Surabhi Sheth, Charles Thibodeau, Darlene Elward, Kelsey Wiersdma, Kathleen Rice, Michelle Thibault, Mathilde Thériault


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RB photoRobin Bronen lives in Alaska and works as a human rights attorney and senior research scientist on the climate-forced relocations of Alaska Native communities. She is a senior research scientist at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and is also the cofounder and executive director of the Alaska Institute for Justice. She is currently working with 15 Alaska Native communities and state and federal government agencies to create a community-led relocation process that fosters community resilience. She has worked with the White House Council on Environmental Quality to implement President Obama’s Climate Change Task Force recommendation to address climate displacement. Internationally, she works as an expert on climate-forced planned relocations with the UNFCCC Warsaw Mechanism on Loss and Damage Task Force on Displacement and is a member of the advisory group for the Platform on Disaster Displacement, a national government-led, consultative process intended to build consensus on the development of a protection agenda addressing the needs of people displaced in the context of natural hazards, including the effects of climate change. Her research has been featured in the Guardian, CNN, Climate Wire and Nature magazine. She has written numerous articles published by Brookings Institution, the Guardian, New York University Law Review and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, among others. She regularly presents her research at conferences focused on climate change adaptation, disaster relief reduction and climate change and population displacement. The Alaska Bar Association awarded her the 2007 Robert Hickerson Public Service award and the 2012 International Human Rights award. The Federal Bureau of Investigation awarded the Alaska Institute for Justice the 2012 FBI Director’s Community Service award for its work with human trafficking survivors and the International Soroptomist’s awarded her the 2012 Advancing the Rights of Women award.

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