Rebecca Tobias


Rebecca is a former Global Council Trustee of the United Religions Initiative 2008-2016 representing Canada for North America, and the past Program Director of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Ethics. She designs and facilitates interfaith and intercultural programming which serves to foster a culture of peace; and through her work has coordinated capacity-building projects with civic, faith, and social justice advocacy organizations locally, nationally and internationally.


As a research fellow with the Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights for the Working Groups for Indigenous Populations, Rebecca assisted in the drafting of resolutions presented for the Human Rights Sub-Commission meeting held in August 2005 and since that time has served as a delegate to the United Nations for several CSO’s including the inaugural meeting of the Tripartite Forum on Interfaith Cooperation for Peace.


She is the Founding Convener of the BioRegional Gathering model (est.2009) for the United Religions Initiative which invites inter-organizational collaborative exchange between  peoples of faith, social justice advocacy, environmentalists, educators, Indigenous Peoples and artists – in essence, those who hold a, "deep and abiding respect for the other." Each BioRegional Gathering culminates in strengthened community safety nets and practical and meaningful inter-cultural exchange and social efficacy.


In April 2012, the InterSpiritual Center of Vancouver hosted a community program, "Protecting Sacred Waters" which traveled to the UNCDC Rio+20 and was presented and facilitated as a side panel event entitled, "The Spirituality and Ethics of Water." The presentation invited dialogue and ceremony between United Nations delegates, conference attendees, and side event panel representatives of the government of Finland, the World Council of Churches and the T'sleil Waututh and T'la'amin First Nations.


Rebecca has served as an Educational Outreach Associate and Consultant for the Four Worlds International Institute beginning in 2011, under the direction of Hereditary Chief Phil Lane Jr., and has facilitated multiple community and inter-organizational dialogues, programs and plenaries on their behalf worldwide.


Working jointly with Four Worlds International and the Blue Community, she worked to implement cultural and sustainability programs for the UN Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development and the UNWTO Futures Team, as well as the North American Sustainable Tourism Observatory. 


In 2017, Rebecca worked on the design and development of the concept for Smart Villages Canada, an Indigenous-led effort to bring affordable and accessible, “agrihoods” to underserved communities, beginning in BC.


Trained in the Transition Town movement, Project Management for Sustainable Development and as a ‘One Planet Living’ Integrator, she brings her experience in sustainable project management into programs designed to meet the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.


Rebecca served on the Board of Directors of the InterSpiritual Centre of Vancouver Society from 2010-2016. She is honoured to serve as a Convener of the new organization, the Interspiritual Sustainability Council.