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Our 1-day Summit on Connecting to Nature in an Urban World, April 19, features a morning plenary and roundtable sessions followed by interactive workshops and walkshops in the afternoon. Building on the Summit is our Conference, April 20-21, featuring keynotes speakers, hands-on workshops and networking opportunities.

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Sara Nielsen

Yukon Parks
Parks Interpretive Planner
Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada
My passion (and job!) is getting people outside and connecting with the stories of the land and its people. I partner with First Nations, Inuvialuit and communities on all sorts of projects, including a new Yukon Back-to-Nature Network, interpretive centres, programs, trails, web, and publications, improving accessibility and inclusion, and planning new parks set aside through First Nation Land Claim Agreements. I can also be found skiing, hiking, harvesting wild foods, growing my own, or sharing music around a campfire under the midnight sun. I am currently learning Dän K'e ("native people way" or Southern Tutchone), the language of my home place Kwänlin. Trained as a biologist in Alaska (2002), I returned to my heritage for a Master i Friluftsliv (Nature/Culture/Outdoor Life) in Copenhagen (2014). My poster is from my thesis, Back to the Land, on skis: northern aboriginal youth perspectives and the use of Indigenous Methodologies in outdoor recreation.