Monica Seidel of Watersheds Canada was one of this year's Latornell Grant recipients and was able to attend her first Latornell Conservation Symposium. She documented her experience in a blog post for Watersheds Canada:
It was clear from the first day’s morning keynote speaker, Rebecca Thomas, that the Latornell Conservation Symposium was taking the current environmental and social crises seriously. Rebecca, a Mi’kmaw poet and activist, effortlessly blended her personal story with jarring poetry that covered topics of identity, the “creation” of Canada, and including Indigenous perspectives. Rebecca taught about
Netukulimk – “I cannot take too much of anything” – and made everyone think about what good Canadians do.