Nuts’a’maat: We Are All One

Two men seated on a sandy beach

Thursday, February 3, 2022
4:30-5:30 p.m. PT




Check out this video to watch the Nuts’a’maat: We Are All One.

Environmental Speaker Series

Brought to you by the College of the Environment and the Salish Sea Institute in partnership with the WWU Alumni Association

This talk will focus on the interconnectedness of all life around the Salish Sea and our human dependence upon healthy eco-systems. It will further explore the role of Indigenous knowledge and knowledge holders, Elders, and educators in maintaining these delicate systems. In a year that saw this region's greatest range of temperature ever recorded in one year, which correlated to mass die offs of shellfish and extreme flooding, these conversations are not only timely but imperative. Many people are familiar with the phrase "we are only as strong as our weakest link," but in the community I'm from the teaching is "Nuts’a’maat - We are all one."

More information about the speaker series is available here, and past Environmental Speaker Series recordings are available here.

This presentation will be on Zoom. 

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John Harris

John Harris


John Harris is an Indigenous Educator from Snuneymuxw (Nanaimo) First Nation, working in the Greater Victoria School District's Indigenous Education Department as the Elders and Indigenous Knowledge Facilitator, on U. Vic's Living Lab Project steering committee, and as a program coordinator/facilitator. He is grateful for the privilege of living, learning, and working in the traditional territory of the (Lekwungen) Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations, and passionate about weaving local Indigenous perspectives and knowledge into teaching and learning opportunities for youth. As an educator, John has found that incredibly profound learning occurs at the intersection between traditional ecological knowledge of local First Peoples, land-based and Indigenous pedagogy, and an individual and collective openness to embrace Uy’skwuluwun (a good mind and a good heart) when doing this work.

Questions and Accommodations

Stefan Freelan

Stefan Freelan is the coordinator of the Environmental Speaker Series. Send email to or call (360) 650-2949 if you have any questions or comments.
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