Director’s Notes: Building…

Director’s Notes: Building…

by Jill Ryan

Building partnerships, relationships, coalition. All are important ways of coordinating and strengthening our voices on environmental issues, and the list could go on and on. By working effectively and efficiently with others of like-minds, we maximize the effects of our efforts. I recently had the honor of attending the first-ever meeting of the Great Lakes Aquatic Habitat Network and Fund Indigenous Peoples Hub.

What most struck me about this meeting of both indigenous and nonindigenous activists was the desire to share resources, knowledge, expertise, and common interests. Through this gathering, I believe we were able to build by meeting new partners and creating new options for future collaborations.

I thank all those that shared their work, wisdom, and energy. I especially appreciated the natural viewpoints provided in the beautiful setting on Sugar Island in the St. Marys River as a way of putting our work in perspective.

As the new year approaches, I hope you make many opportunities to build by meeting new people, exploring new ways of work, and thinking creatively about strengthening the voice for protection and restoration of the Great Lakes ecosystem.

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