The conference will take place at Saint Mary’s University, in the city of Halifax, located on the Atlantic coast of Canada. Halifax, founded formally in 1749, is the capital of the province of Nova Scotia. The Mi’kmaq Indigenous people have inhabited the land now known as Nova Scotia for more than 10,000 years; Europeans first arrived in the 16th and 17th centuries. The province is home to hundreds of local communities, a long history of community conservation initiatives, and livelihoods that depend on a wide range of natural resources and human initiatives.
Saint Mary’s University is one of the oldest universities in Canada, dating back to 1802. Today, Saint Mary’s is a modern, urban university with a strong reputation for diversity. About one-third of its students come from outside Canada, from 119 countries, with 40,000 alumni in more than 140 countries, and numerous partnerships with institutions across the world, including through the Community Conservation Research Network.
View of Halifax with Saint Mary’s University in the foreground
Point Pleasant Park
Located a short distance from Saint Mary’s University, Point Pleasant Park is a 75 hectare wooded park surrounded by ocean and interlaced with 39km of easy winding trails, many of which are wheel chair accessible.