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DAY 2 – MAY 27, 2021 12:00pm – 5:00pm ET

ADVANCING DECOLONIZATION, EQUITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE IN PHILANTHROPY (Breaking our Privilege Bubble)

Recent events have illustrated the glaring disparities and discrimination that still exists across every aspect of society and have elevated the urgency to address Indigenous, racial, and other social justice issues.  But how do we move from language and guiding principles to tangible action within the philanthropic sector? What are the implications of this new language and increased openness for change for environmental funders who are working to prevent ecosystem collapse and implement a pathway to net zero?

12:00pm – 12:15pm – Land Acknowledgement and Welcome

12:15pm – 1:05pm – Plenary Fireside Chat – Inspired Ideas

Why is it crucial for environmental funders and ENGOs to consider and center justice if they want environmental progress, beyond the understanding that it’s the right thing to do? This fireside chat will explore a range of perspectives and provide food for thought for small group discussions immediately following.

Moderator Sherry Yano, Director of Grants and Community Engagement, Real Estate Foundation of BC

In conversation with:

  • Emmay Mah, Executive Director, Toronto Environmental Alliance
  • Wawa Gatheru, Environmental Justice Advocate and Rhodes Scholar, The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
  • Eriel Deranger, Executive Director, Indigenous Climate Action
  • Graham Saul, Executive Director, Nature Canada.

1:05pm – 1:30pm – Small Group Discussions

What surprised you ? What inspired you? Catch up with your colleagues, meet new people and reflect on what you just heard during a short, small group discussion.


1:30pm – 2:00pm – BREAK – Music in the Lobby


2:00pm – 3:15pm ET – Plenary Rapid Fire Q&A  – Tangible Solutions

What are the tangible implications of centering decolonization, equity and social justice in the transformation ahead? What has been done in the past and how would it be done differently today if these values were centered in the work?

Moderator: Kris Archie, Executive Director, The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada

Seeking solutions from:

  • Lawrence Martin, Mushkegowuk Marine Region Manager, Mushkegowuk Council
  • Tom Liacas, Founding Director, Climate Justice Organizing Hub
  • Naolo Charles, Co-Director, National Anti-Environmental Racism Coalition
  • Yonis Hassan, Co-Founder and CEO, Justice Fund
  • Hannah Askew, Executive Director, Sierra Club of BC

3:15pm – 3:45pm ET – BREAK – Music in the Lobby


3:45 – 5:00 – Interactive Sense-Making Discussions

Our final session each day will provide us with the space to explore the big questions that has emerged leading up to and throughout our conference.  Working in groups, we’ll step out of our comfort zones and collectively brainstorm, capturing  discussion using Collaboard, a tool to facilitate online collaboration. You’ll have the opportunity to move from discussion to discussion, and contribute your thoughts, as you see fit. Questions arising one day will help to inform sense-making the next! Stay tuned for more details, coming soon! 

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