Presented by MEC
How can we reconsider our relationship to the outdoors through an Indigenous lens? A workshop guided by Erynne Gilpin, founder of Indigenous Womxn Climb.
With roundtable guests Judith Kasiama, founder of Colour the Trails, Myia Antone, founder of Indigenous Women Outdoors and Anaheed Saatchi, writer and co-founder of BelayALL. All proceeds donated to Urban Native Youth Association (UNYA).
Erynne M. Gilpin (Ph.D. of Indigenous Governance) is a mixed Saulteux-Cree Métis/Filipina/Celtic rock climber, climate & wellness activist and birth-doula from Treaty 5 Manitoba, Canada. She is the founder of Indigenous Womxn Climb. She works to support Indigenous communities to access rock climbing in ways which reflect cultural protocols, land-based values and wellness governance practices.More On Speaker
Anaheed is a writer, first-generation Iranian and non-binary femme living in Vancouver, B.C. She covers themes of community, diaspora, the outdoors industry, and identity politics. Anaheed has written for publications like Outside Magazine, The Alpinist, Verticulture as well as the digital media platform Melanin Base Camp. She is also the co-founder of Vancouver-based climbing initiative BelayALL.
Judith’s active participation in the outdoors brings to light the importance of representation. Her work draws attention to underrepresented minorities. She the founder of Colour the Trails, community groups that focuses on getting Black, Indigenous and People of Colour out in nature. She is also a Fellow at the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, MEC Ambassador, as well as a public speaker.
Through adventures, travel, Judith shows herself, as a Black woman that skis, camp, hikes, explorers. A former refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo, she was raised in South Africa, Australia, the United States, and Canada. Judith’s unique upbringing allows her to draw from diverse experiences and cultures.
Myia is a proud youth from Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw, with Ukrainian and Norwegian roots. She just graduated from UBC, where she studied Environment and Sustainability and First Nations and Indigenous Studies. She is currently a student in the Squamish language program and loves learning the language her ancestors spoke. She started Indigenous Women Outdoors, a nonprofit that focuses on creating opportunities for Indigenous self-identified women to be out on the land with each other. When she’s not in school, you can find Myia hiding in the mountains, swimming in the ocean or drinking coffee at an unreasonable hour.
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