Announcing our Fall 2020 Programming

Towards Reciprocity: Orca, Chinook Salmon, and the Columbia River

The orcas, salmon, and waterways that bring beauty and grace to our region require a thriving network of committed caretakers – now more than ever. This discussion includes Native voices from Puget Sound and Columbia River to share ways that cultural practice and traditional ecological knowledge support our ecosystem. Our speakers include Washington State Representative Debra Lekanoff (Tlingit), Klickitat Tribal Elder Wilbur Slockish, and James Holt, (Nez Perce) the Executive Director of the Buffalo Field Campaign. Presented in partnership with the Bonneville Environmental Foundation.

Oct 17th / time TBD / Facebook + Youtube Live

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Responding to a Pandemic: An Indigenous Perspective

Indigenous communities in our region have been hit disproportionately hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Join Emily Washines (MPA and Yakama scholar) and Chuck Sams (Deputy Executive Director for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation) to hear first-hand stories of the different ways Tribes have responded. This conversation will go beyond statistics and headlines to consider the daily lives of Native people as they confront what, for them, the most recent pandemic. Presented in partnership with Sense of Place.

Oct 21st / 7pm / Facebook + Youtube

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Legacy Maker Virtual Gathering

All of us leave a legacy. Confluence is one of the many legacies of our founding board chair Antone Minthorn. This year the Confluence Legacy Maker Virtual Gathering will honor our Elder for his decades of work to elevate Indigenous voices. Join us for this fundraising event to support the mission of Confluence and honor Antone’s legacy.

Nov 12th / 6pm / Facebook + Youtube Live

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Braiding Sweetgrass Author Robin Wall Kimmerer

Join us for a talk with nationally recognized author Robin Wall Kimmerer, of Braiding Sweetgrass fame, on how themes from the book can offer lessons on moving towards a more just and sustainable future. How can we apply the concepts of reciprocity and humility both socially and ecologically? How can we change the lens through which we see the world to help ensure our collective survival and restore our relationship with the Earth and each other?
In addition to our public event, there will be a private discussion for students and educators on Nov 17. Please contact Heather Gurko for more information.

Nov 17th / 6pm / Facebook + Youtube Live

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Land Bridge Work Parties

Join us for a series of miniature work parties to mulch, landscape, prune, sweep, and pick up trash on the Vancouver Land Bridge! Each work party will have 2-3 teams and each team is capped at 4 for COVID safety.

In partnership with the City of Vancouver and The Mission Continues. Thanks to our sponsor Columbia Credit Union.

October 3rd, 5th, 10th, 12th / 10am – 12pm

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