Around the province, Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples and communities are coming together to create shared spaces for outdoor recreation. Creating relations built on trust and mutual respect that disrupt the harmful legacy and ongoing nature of colonialism take time, patience and commitment. In this webinar, Jordan Williams, language & culture instructor of the Lake Babine Nation and Rachelle Van Zanten will share their lessons and experiences working together as part of Spirit North - a charitable organization that uses land-based activities to improve the health and well-being of Indigenous youth, empowering them to become unstoppable in sport, school and life.
The co-hosts are Patrick Lucas and Tom Eustache.
Patrick Lucas is an award-winning, professional community planner with nearly twenty years of experience working with First Nations throughout western Canada. As founder of the Indigenous Youth Mountain Bike Program he has worked with dozens of First Nations, municipalities, government agencies and advocacy groups on trails and recreation projects and is widely recognized as an advocate for reconciliation.
Tom Eustache is a proud Secwepemc man, father and husband and former councilor of the Simpcw First Nation, People of the North Thompson River, a Secwepemc community who have lived on their lands and territories since time immemorial. Throughout his life, Tom has always worked to instill in his children, and the youth of his Nation, the value of sport and healthy living. Over the past decade he has led an effort to build more than 15km of single-track nature trails and support his people to reconnect to their traditional territories.
The panellists are Jordan Williams, language & culture instructor of the Lake Babine Nation and Rachelle Van Zanten. Bios to follow.