Candace (she/her), ancestral name xets’emits’a (to always be there), is a Shíshálh (Sechelt) member born and raised on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia. Today, Candace and her family live in the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh community in the village of Xwemelch’stn in West Vancouver. A trained anthropologist – teacher, she started Talaysay Tours in 2002 and provides Indigenous, cultural and outdoor experiences and events to international and local guests, community organizations, corporations and schools. Land -based education, Shíshálh language and cultural revitalization is at the height of Candace’s life work.
At present Candace is an indigenous editor for a novel – working title “Woven Deep” and hopes to make a film from this beautiful and powerful historical fiction story that is the story of her ancestors and the journey of a woman who belongs to two lands.
Embark on a thought-provoking panel discussion centered on community building, personal experiences, and the profound impact that outdoor recreation has on Indigenous identities. Explore how our panelists draw inspiration from their journeys, nurturing connections to their cultures. Join us in contemplating the path forward, exploring reconciliation through their collective experiences and insights. Moderated by Michele Lobo.