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11th Annual Crown of Continent Managers’ Forum

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Date: March 7, 2012
Contact: Denise German, 406-888-5838

The 2012 Crown Manager's Forum will be held March 19-20 at the Lethbridge Lodge in Lethbridge, Alberta. The theme of this year's forum is Tribes and First Nations in the Crown of the Continent. The public is encouraged to attend all or part of the forum.

Working in partnership with the Tribes and First Nations, the Crown Managers Partnership created this year's forum to focus on their connection to the Crown of the Continent. The goal of the forum is to bring together the public and environmental land managers across the Crown of the Continent ecosystem to gain and share diverse perspectives from Tribal and First Nations natural and cultural resource managers, educators, land-use planners and others. .

The Blackfoot Confederacy, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, and Ktunaxa have called the Crown of the Continent home for thousands of years. Presently, Tribes and First Nations use the land for both traditional and non‐traditional uses, but face a multitude of challenges balancing economic development, cultural preservation and sustainable natural resources management. 
 
The forum will begin on the evening of March 19 with a welcome and prayer by respected Piikani Traditional Ceremonialist Allan Pard, followed by a presentation by well-known southern Alberta archaeologist, Dr. Brian Reeves. The next day's agenda will start at 7:30am with registration and followed by a full day of presentations.

The Crown Managers Partnership is a voluntary multi‐jurisdictional, trans-boundary partnership formed in 2001 by a collection of agencies seeking to demonstrate leadership in addressing the environmental management challenges in
the Crown of the Continent region. The Crown of the Continent region is one of
North America's most ecologically diverse and jurisdictionally fragmented ecosystems.
Encompassing the shared Rocky Mountain region and immediately adjacent landscapes
of Montana, British Columbia and Alberta, this 28, 000 square mile / 72,000 square
kilometer region straddles two nations, one state and two provinces. The annual forum is an opportunity for participants to share information and explore opportunities for improved interagency cooperation. The location of the Forum rotates between British Columbia, Alberta and Montana.

Registration is required. A nominal, pro-rated fee will be charged for partial attendance. Please visit www.crownmanagers.org to register, and for more information about the Crown Managers Partnership.

Did You Know?

Dawson Pass

The "Backbone of the World" is the Blackfeet tribal name given to the greater Glacier National Park ecosystem.