CPAWS Southern Alberta EVENTS

Indigenous-led Nature Walks — Fall 2023

Our Indigenous-led Nature Walks in Mohkinstsis (Calgary) return for the fall, this time in partnership with our friends at the Bow River Basin Council for a water-themed outing!

For a full run-down of the speaker and location, continue reading below the registration links. We are currently offering the following location and times:

Bebo Grove at Fish Creek Provincial Park, Mohkinstsis (Calgary)

Saturday, September 30 | 10:30-11:30AM — Walk with Api’soomaahka (Running Coyote)

Saturday, September 30 | 1:00-2:00PM — Walk with Api’soomaahka (Running Coyote)

General Walk Information

The walks will be led by a certified hiking guide who aims to ensure the comfort and experience of all participants by mitigating the environmental hazards and offering first aid assistance if necessary.  

Youth under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a guardian. 

Dogs and other pets are not allowed on this walk, in respect of the guest speakers and the other participants. 

If ticket price is a barrier, please email Prices reflect the full cost of operating these walks, including fairly compensating Indigenous Knowledge Keepers and Elders; however, all are welcome. Don’t hesitate to let us know if you would like to attend, but are not currently in a position to pay for a ticket.

We will except cancellations if needed. A 15% non-refundable admin fee will apply.

Bebo Grove at Fish Creek Provincial Park

Leading from the washrooms adjacent to the Bebo Grove parking lot (13610 24 St SW, Calgary), participants will explore 1-2 kilometres of moderately sloped, paved and gravel pathways linking creek side picnic areas. Stroller, wagon & wheelchair accessible. Youth under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a guardian. Meandering between fully sun-exposed meadows and creek-chilled forests, participants are advised to consult local weather forecasts, pack plenty of water and dress accordingly.

About the Speaker

Api’soomaahka (Running Coyote) – William Singer III is a member of the Kainai Nation of the Blackfoot Confederacy.

Named after his great, great, great uncle who was a Blackfoot warrior, Api’soomaahka carries on his legacy through stewardship and maintaining the Blackfoot worldview.

His main profession is as an artist/illustrator with over 40 years of experience. His work is deeply rooted in the Blackfoot worldview and uses his art to teach the Blackfoot language and culture. He devotes a lot of time as an entrepreneur, an educator and an environmental and political activist, utilizing Blackfoot Ecological Knowledge and protocol.

He currently operates Naapi’s Garden and Katoyiss Seed Bank and teaches at the Opokaa’sin Early Intervention Society where he is developing a land based / Indigenous Plants curriculum. He is member of the Oldman Watershed Council (OWC), a board member of the Waterton Biosphere Reserve Association and a partnership agreement with Parks Canada, Waterton Lakes.