Registration is now open! Hosted in partnership with the Eastern Ontario Model Forest (EOMF) and the Ottawa Valley Section of the Canadian Institute of Forestry (CIF), this year's annual Christmas Forest Seminar program focuses on the relationships with local indigenous cultures and our forests. See poster for a list of speakers.

After lunch, we will present a short segment from the forestry documentary "Trees, Youth, our Future", an EOMF project made possible through the Ontario150 Partnership Program and partner funding. This documentary series features the compelling story - past, present, and future, of forest stewardship in Ontario - from exploitation to worldclass management. The primary focus is on Eastern Ontario, and on opportunities and challenges facing the next generation as they inherit the responsibility to manage this resource.

8:30-9:00 Registration
9:00-12:30 EOMF/CIF Annual Forest Christmas Seminar
12:30-1:15 Traditional Christmas Lunch
1:15-1:45 Forestry Documentary Film Launch

Registration in advance is required by December 8, 2017. The registration fee for the entire event is $40 and includes morning refreshments and lunch. For those attending the Lunch and Film launch only, the fee is $25.

You can register online and pay by Visa, MasterCard or PayPal at the EOMF "One-Time Payment" window or by calling 613-713-1525. Payment with cash or cheque can also be made at the door.

Date: December 12, 2017
Location: North Grenville Municipal Complex, 285 County Road 44, Kemptville, ON

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"Forests, Trees and Indigenous Peoples Today"

"Acts of creation are ordinarily reserved for gods and poets. To plant a pine, one need only own a shovel."
Aldo Leopold

For millennia Indigenous Peoples have lived on the lands of Turtle Island (North America) and forests have been an integral part of their lives and worldview. In Eastern Ontario, great white pine forests once dominated the landscape but many were cut down to make way for the development of a new world society. Great riches and wealth were generated from these forests, benefiting Canada and the world.

The Christmas Forest Seminar, hosted jointly by the EOMF and the Ottawa Valley Section of the Canadian Institute of Forestry, offers a forum to come together to talk about our cultures, worldviews and the issues that challenge us to work together. Representing various forest values and cultures, speakers at this year's Seminar will share the lived experiences that have shaped their ways of knowing the forests of Eastern Ontario. We hope they will inform and inspire.

NOTE: The agenda for this session will be sent out as details are finalized