Graham SakakiPlan 600: Advanced Studio in Community Design
About Graham: Graham Sakaki is the Research and Community Engagement Coordinator of the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Research Institute (MABRRI), and an instructor in the VIU Master of Community Planning Program. He is also a member of the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Roundtable, Canadian Institute of Forestry, Canadian Institute of Planners, Planning Institute of BC, BC Truck Loggers Association, and BC Lake Stewardship Society. His academic background includes a diploma in Forestry, an undergraduate degree in Natural Resource Geography, and Master’s degree in Community Planning. His main research focus is working on reconciliation issues with local First Nations, and his major project through his academic career was to assist Snaw-Naw-As First Nation design, fund, and construct a garden of Spiritual Healing adjacent to their community Health Centre. A secondary focus for Graham is public engagement and community capacity building. He works with many of the local municipalities, NGOs, and environmental stewardship groups in the surrounding region on projects relating to environmental, social, cultural, and economic sustainability.