Janis Brooks (she/her) is of Sto:lo ancestry from both Sts’ailes and Shxw’ow’hamel First Nations in the Fraser Valley of BC on her maternal side, and of mixed European ancestry on her paternal side. Janis has been with Indigenuity since 2006. As the Vice-President, Janis works with clients to lead, design, and deliver various projects, and also manages client relations. In addition to her role with the consulting team, she has also worked with the Wauthurong Aboriginal Co-operative and the Aboriginal Education department at Deakin University, both located in Geelong, Australia. She has also served in various volunteer and Director capacities with the Young Indigenous Professionals, the Columbian Centre Society, Ch’nook Scholars, and Haven Society. Janis holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a specialization in Management from Vancouver Island University, as well as a certificate in Event Management. She has also completed a national Women’s Leadership Program with the Coady Institute at St. Francis Xavier University, as well as conflict resolution programs through the JIBC. Most recently, Janis has undertaken a certificate program with Cornell University with a focus on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI); she brings a unique approach and outlook to this work by bridging principles of DEI with efforts focused on Indigenization and Decolonization. Janis enjoys helping clients find creative solutions to their challenges, with a focus on building meaningful connections between people that help to create lasting change and a positive impact on workplace and community culture. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring the outdoors with her two dogs, cooking and baking, traveling, and fostering connections with family, friends, and her culture. (www.indigenuity.ca)
Equitable and just climate action demands the integration of Indigenous perspectives in climate adaptation and mitigation. This 4-week, online course has been designed by Indigenous knowledge holders, Indigenous and non-Indigenous subject matter experts, and instructional designers. Learners will develop a broad, foundational understanding of Indigenous worldviews and perspectives on climate change, the environment, and environmental management. Learners will consider how and where Indigenous leadership can restore better practices across social and political landscapes, providing a starting point through which further learning and exploration of Indigenous perspectives, knowledge, voices, and cultural practices can emerge. Recognition of the role that colonialism has played in the climate crisis is critical. Learners (specifically, non-Indigenous learners), will leave the course with an increased capacity to understand and support Indigenous-led climate projects and practice decolonization.