ANCA CONNECTS: DEI Discussion Group — Indigenous, Native, Natural: What Do These Words Mean to a Living Culture?

Mar 20 2024


Time:  10-11:30am AKT  /  11am-12:30pm PT  /  12-1:30pm MT  /  1-2:30pm CT  /  2-3:30pm ET

Do you strive to make your organization equitable and inclusive? Connect with other nature center professionals working on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) through the ANCA CONNECTS: DEI Discussion Group. This group allows professionals in our field to share experience and insights with each other, exchange relevant resources, and make plans for action. 

In this program we'll address the question, how do we honor the past and the living culture of the Indigenous peoples that lived and may still live on or near the land an organization occupies? A land acknowledgment might be part of this process, but putting our words into action is essential. As such this session will explore modern questions regarding Indigenous life past, present, and future, in historic spaces. These questions will include:

  • When giving a land acknowledgment, what are you actually trying to do?
  • Do you have enough cultural, political, contextual awareness of what the Native experience is historically and now to understand what your intention is?

This program is open to anyone who wants to advance DEI efforts within their organization. If you’re just curious about this work, starting out recently, or you have years of experience, we invite you to join us for learning and sharing together. You can expect:

  • An insightful conversation and sharing of professional experiences
  • Exchanging resources and educational materials
  • A supportive community that encourages taking action to promote DEI

Facilitator: Lizen Hayes, Executive Director of Autrey Mill Nature Preserve & Historic Center

Registration: $15 members, $30 non-members



Future DEI Discussion Group Session
May 15, 2024 — What Does Equitable Engagement Mean for YOUR Nature Center?

If you have questions, please contact ANCA Membership & Programs Coordinator Daniel Auer, at . This CONNECTS program will not be recorded. ANCA Members receive a 50% discount code; if you are a member and don't have the code, please email Daniel at .