Community Keynote for the Responsible Recreation conference

  • Start Date: May 09, 2023
  • End Date: May 09, 2023
  • Time: 7 - 9 pm Pacific
  • City: Revelstoke BC
  • Venue: Revelstoke Community Centre
  • All are welcome, free and open to the public

Join us for a free and open-to-the-public keynote address during our conference: Responsible Recreation: Pathways, Practices and Possibilities. On this evening, we’ll be looking at responsible recreation through the lenses of climate and culture with Sinixt cultural facilitator for the Colville Tribes Shelly Boyd, outdoor recreation researcher Natalie Knowles, a screening of the film Beyond Begbie and a panel discussion. Panel participants include the aforementioned, Beyond Begbie film producer Nat Segal, film participant Dale Tomma, Indigenous Liaison for the City of Revelstoke’s Economic Development Department, and Indigenous artist and recreationalist, Ariel Hill.

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Our presenters

Shelly Boyd is the cultural facilitator for the Sinixt Confederacy of the Colville Tribes, of the Arrow Lakes. Born in Kewa (near Inchelium), Shelly grew up under the leadership of her Tupa (great grandmother), who like her parents are descendants of the Sinixt  people. Shelly holds a BA in Indian Studies and a Masters in Education. Shelly spent nearly 20 years working with the Inchelium School District on the Colville Reservation and The Medicine Wheel Academy of Spokane, working with Native Youth. Following which, she co-founded the Inchelium Language and Culture Association, (ILCA) a non-profit with the mission to revitalize the Sinixt language and culture.

We invite you to read this article to learn more about the Sinixt and the Desautel case before this event, hosted just a stones throw away from Skxikn (sku-hee-kin-tin), the Sinixt villiage site at the confluence of the Tumtum and Columbia Rivers.

Natalie Knowles will present a talk titled: “Adventures in a Warmer World: Responding and Decarbonizing the Outdoor Industry” She is an explorer and academic focused on social, economic and environmental sustainability in adventure travel and outdoor recreation. Nat is the Research Specialist for Protect Our Winters Canada and a PhD researcher at the University of Waterloo investigating climate change impacts, adaptations and sustainability transitions in mountain tourism and recreation. Nat was named a 2020 UN Young Champions of the Earth regional finalist and a member of the Explorer’s Club for her continued work in Brazil’s Xingu River basin with the Kayapo indigenous communities integrating traditional knowledge and conservation technology for community-based biodiversity monitoring, and for involvement in their conservation-based and indigenous-led adventure tourism project. Natalie holds a Master of Science in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management from the University of Oxford, and an undergrad in Anthropology and Geography at the University of Denver.

Nat Segal is a professional skier and producer hailing from Melbourne, Australia, now based full-time in Revelstoke, BC. After spending six years competing on the Freeskiing and Freeride World Tours, Nat focused her attention on film and expedition projects. In 2014 in collaboration with five other female skiers, Nat had her first taste of her career beyond competition skiing on a human-powered ski-sail expedition to southern Greenland, “Shifting Ice and Changing Tides”, that included nine first descents in southern Greenland, for which Nat was awarded a National Geographic Young Explorers Grant.



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