Over 350 people from the SFI and PLT networks gathered for a week filled with learning and discussion opportunities on the most pressing issues and challenges facing people and the planet, and how forests and environmental education can provide solutions.
SFI’s mission is to advance sustainability through forest-focused collaboration, which is why we chose this year’s theme, “Collaborating for communities and forests.”
Sustainable forests are critical to our collective future. And we saw how collaboration and community are integral to many of our panelists and speakers over the course of our event.
We talked about:
We had 19 young professionals and students join us as part of our SFI Annual Conference Green Mentor cohort, and they will continue building a mentoring relationship with our volunteer mentors and developing skills over the next four months.
Mentees and mentors pose on stage for a group photo during the 2022 SFI/PLT Annual Conference.
Grand Council Treaty #3 Chiefs pose with Kathy Abusow, SFI President and CEO, after giving her a ceremonial blanket as a show of respect and recognition.
And SFI’s President and CEO, Kathy Abusow, received an unexpected and touching gift when a delegation of Grand Council Treaty #3 Anishinaabe Chiefs from Western Ontario presented her with a blanket ceremony as a show of respect and recognition for her contributions to their communities.
After the 2022 SFI/PLT Annual Conference, we hope attendees will continue to live this community mindset and look for collaborative opportunities to advance nature-based solutions well after the conference. There are so many ways to do this, including connecting with your PLT State Coordinator, advocating for forest literacy in your community, growing the importance of Indigenous engagement within your organization, coordinating with your SFI Implementation Committee on SFI standards, following up with new or old connections and proposing ways you could partner, reaching out to SFI for support or resources, and more.