On the Lands Program Coordinator
Zahra Remtulla On the Lands Program Coordinator © Nature United

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Zahra Remtulla

On the Land Program Coordinator

Canada

  • AREAS OF EXPERTISE

    youth programs, education

Biography

Zahra Remtulla joined Nature United in November 2018 to support Indigenous communities in British Columbia, Northwest Territories, and Manitoba in running strong and resilient On the Land programs for youth. Originally from Toronto, Zahra has a B.A. from Duke University (North Carolina), a B. Ed from the University of Victoria and a Masters in Public Health from the University of British Columbia. Her background is in research/program evaluation and K-12 teaching. She is grateful to have been living, learning and playing in Coast Salish territory since 2012, spending time in Nanaimo, Victoria and Vancouver (where she is currently based).

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How has the Emerging Leaders Program evolved? 

Nature United’s work to support Indigenous youth began with partnerships around the SEAS (Supporting Emerging Aboriginal Stewards) program on the Central Coast of B.C. and the Ni Hat’ni Dene Ranger program in the Northwest Territories. Over the years, we have broadened our work to support other programs that support Emerging Leaders in Indigenous communities in different regions of the Northwest Territories, British Columbia and Manitoba. 

What did you do before joining Nature United? 

Before I joined Nature United, I was an elementary school teacher. I taught Grade 4 and was also a substitute teacher. I enjoyed substitute teaching because I got to learn from new students and school environments every day. Teaching gave me many chances to try new things, make mistakes and reflect on and improve my teaching practice. 

What is one of your most memorable moments? 

One of my favorite moments was participating in a pit cook last summer with the SEAS Interns. The interns in Klemtu, B.C. – a community in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest—shared their knowledge around bear safety with me, and we learned from a visiting ethnobotanist about the different plants in their territory, some of which we harvested for the pit cook. As a bonus, I got to go for a couple of beautiful summer night runs from the village out to the Klemtu ferry terminal. 

What inspires you? 

Youth and nature! I love the opportunities to chat with young people and hear about what is going on in their heads, what they care about and how they see their place in the world. It’s also hard not to feel inspired by the feeling of jumping into the cold ocean or walking through the trees on the side of a mountain in B.C. 

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