18th-20th/ 2019

Whitehorse, Yukon Territory

With Generous Support From Government Of Yukon’s Community Development Fund

The Early Bird Special Has Been Extended To July 26, 2019. 

Book now as spaces are limited!

Message from the Steering Committee

The CATS7 Steering Committee is honoured to host the 7th Canadian Adventure Therapy Symposium, marking 10 years of CATS! The Yukon CATS Steering Committee has chosen to present a conference that models the importance and vitality of deepening connections to self, community and land. With this in mind, the conference has a diversity of presenters from wilderness and cultural engagement experts to the business community.

We are excited to feature a selection of complimentary Yukon experiences

hosted by our community outfitters and local businesses, as well as:

September 18th Meet and Greet – Hosted by Lumel Studios, Wandering Bison and Winterlong Brewing Company;

The Yukon’s First Annual Wisdom Keeper Honouring Banquet – Hosted By YOTS

Townhall/World Conversation style session; hosted by BGCY and YOTS- This session will be live streamed and bring together our leaders, our youth, our Elders, Seniors and folks from across the country to engage in a conversation with each other about our challenges, our view of our future and how we all can work together to achieve our shared vision of a healthy Yukon and Canada;

Youth Zone; Hosted by Skookum Jim Friendship Centre, WCK, BGCY and BYTE – The youth zone is currently ‘under development so keep your eyes posted for more details soon! 

Educators, Traditional Knowledge Keepers, Practitioners, Therapists, Outdoor Professionals, Students, Program Administrators, Social Workers, Counsellors and Youth Workers will all find tremendous value at this event.

In addition to the main event, there will be pre and post event options to facilitate further connection (and fun!) with the Yukon and our people.

All are welcome and we welcome your own expertise viewpoints and voices. Register Now!

Feel free to contact the Executive Director of Boys & Girls Club of Yukon,

Lindsay Cornell, with any questions at: 



Margo Talbot is an author, speaker and climber based in Canmore, Alberta. In this keynote presentation, Margo shares “boots on the ground” tools and techniques that brought her from the abyss of addiction and suicidal depression to being a celebrated athlete in the extreme sport of ice climbing.


Presenters from all over Canada and the Yukon are coming together to offer a vibrant range of programming options for CATS 7 registrants.


In addition to the programming and workshop options offered at CATS 7, our community partners are providing a number of exclusive extra-curricular events and adventures.


In the Yukon we understand the importance of working together. Here are all of the local sponsors, partners and friends who came together to make CATS 7 possible.




Keynote Speaker


Director of Programs-Outdoor Council of Canada


Executive Director – Big Brothers Big Sisters Yukon


Nature United


Canadian Adventure Therapy Ambassador



Starting from  08:00 AM 

Registration, Coffee & Snacks

Starting from  08:45 AM 


Welcome – Opening Comments and Prayer

Starting from  09:30 AM 


Keynote : Margo Talbot

All That Glitters – “Booths on the ground” tools and techniques that brought her from the abyss of addiction and suicidal depression to being a celebrated athlete in the extreme sport of ice climbing.

Starting from  11:00 AM



Starting from  11:15 AM 

Workshop: Zahra Remtulla

Supporting Emerging Aboriginal Stewards (SEAS): On the Land Programming for Stewardship and Capacity Building in Indigenous Communities in BC’s Great Bear Rainforest.

Workshop: Doronn Fox

Teachings, protocols, history and hands on experience with the power of the drum. 

Workshop: Yukon Chamber of Mines

Workshop Description Coming Soon

Workshop: Alex Thompson

Universal Design in Adventure – how to make adventure accessible to all abilities.

Starting from  12:30 PM


Networking Lunch & Trade Show

Catering provided by

Starting from  01:30 PM 

Workshop: Angela Krueger

Nature as a Mentor: Participants will learn about the multiple ways of sensing nature and how our biases affect our interpretation of nature’s mentorship.

Workshop: Power To Be

Workshop Description Coming Soon

Workshop: Virginie Gargano Ph.D

Outdoor expedition benefits: How and why? The influence of the group. Beyond showing new research data, this presentation underlines the role of social work in spreading new knowledge in adventure therapy.

Workshop: Henri-Bastien Gendreau & Valerie Raymond

ᓄᕐᕋᐃᑦ Nurrait|Jeunes Karibus Through our presentation we intend to share our history, our achievements and our dreams but also our vision of adventure education and therapy.

Starting from  03:00 PM



Starting from  03:15 PM 

Workshop: James Caspersen

safeTALK In this workshop participants will become comfortable using an evidence-based method for helping individuals thinking of suicide keep safe and how to get involved in life protection, preservation, and promotion activities in the community.

Workshop: Youth Of Today Society

Workshop Description Coming Soon

Workshop: Katy Rose & Sarah Duncan

Nature Based Therapy: Helping community and family grow strong roots

River Walk Tour

Take a chance to get some sunshine, take in the view and network with other conference goers from Whitehorse’s Millennium Trail on this guided walking tour.

Starting from  04:30 PM


CATS Presentation & Awards

with Nevin Harper

Herding cats is not easy. A small core of dedicated individuals have been able to keep this CATS gathering alive since 2009. This brief historical overview will help delegates better understand the aims of the symposium, where it came from, and what it may become in the future. Nevin will also share how the intentions and activities of CATS ‘fits’ among other national and international initiatives.

Starting from  05:30 PM


Day One Closing Remarks



Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre

1171 Front Street Whitehorse, Yukon Territory



Register for the 7th Canadian Adventure Therapy Symposium in Whitehorse, YT. Additional fee’s for pre-conference and evening activities. Early bird special until July 26th, then registration will increase to $380.


Discount code option is located at the top of the first page. 

Early Bird $280