Thursday September 19th

 08:30 AM 

Registration, Coffee & Snacks

08:45-09:00 AM


Welcome – Opening Comments and Prayer

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.

  11:00 AM



 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: Alex Thompson

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

 12:30-1:15 AM


Lunch & CATS7 Talk-

The Future of the Canadian Adventure Therapy Symposium

Catering provided by

  01:00 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.

  03:00 PM



  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.

Video: Youth Of Today Society

Interviews of presenters and Keynote Speakers.

RiverNation – a video documentary and Journey to Moosehide.

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.

  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.

  05:30-8:30 PM


Knowledge Keepers Banquet

Presented by Youth Of Today Society & KDFN Youth Council – KDCC Longhouse

The inaugural recognition and life-time achievement banquet for Elders and Seniors who have contributed to Yukon communities and their traditional territories. The Banquet will set the stage to develop a committee and to better understand the appropriate ways to recognize knowledge keepers for future events.

Day One Closing Remarks

Friday September 20th

 08:30 AM 

Registration, Coffee & Snacks

09:00-9:30 AM


09:30-10:00 AM



Keynote Speaker – Grand Chief Peter Johnston

 09:30 AM 

Workshop: Hillary Ronald & Stormy Bradley

Shared Wisdom

Workshop: Brendan Madden

Risk Management

Workshop: Franz Plangger

The Canadian Outdoor Summit – The

collective effort of adventure programming.

Workshop: Patrick Brown

Skookum Jim Friendship Centre

 11:00 AM



  11:15-12:45 AM 

Workshop: Dr. Isabelle Bradette/ Dr. Marie-Eve Langelier/ Roxanne Letourneau

A Therapeutic Intervention Program

for young adults suffering from

anxiety – A Pilot project in Saguenay-

Lac-Saint-Jean, Quebec.

Jenna Wright


Tanelle Bolt & Darryl Tait


  12:45-1:15 PM


Smudge led by Stormy – Sacred Room

  01:15 PM


World Conversation Town Hall

Hosted by LC and the Team

  04:00 PM


Closing Blessing & Remarks

  04:30 PM


Post Symposium Activities


For CATS 7

Register for the 7th Canadian Adventure Therapy Symposium in Whitehorse, YT. Additional fee’s for pre-conference and evening activities. Early bird special until June 18th, then registration will be $380.

Early Bird $280