From June 27 – July 1 2022, Treaty, Lands and Resources (TLR) staff Carleen Thomas, Hillary Hyland, and Jessica Steele attended the UN Ocean Conference in Lisbon, Portugal. The Governments of Kenya and Portugal co-hosted the conference whose theme was: Scaling up Ocean Action Based on Science and Innovation for Sustainable Development Goal 14: Stocktaking, Partnerships and Solutions.
The Conference included government negotiations, side events on numerous different themes, and networking opportunities. The final conference report titled the “Lisbon Declaration” can be found here: https://sdgs.un.org/sites/default/files/2022-06/UNOC_political_declaration_final.pdf
TLR staff spoke at official conference side events – they shared on the international stage the good work that Tsleil-Waututh is doing in TWN territory. They also had the opportunity to meet Indigenous representatives from all around the world who are stewarding their lands and water.