Syilx Land-Based Leadership Camp


Through the eyes of the tmxʷulaxʷ

A 7-day gathering for Syilx youth 18-30 who are interested in building their capacity to advocate for and protect the lands and waters of their territories. The camp will take place at Glimpse Lake, on Syilx territory (Upper Nicola Band). This camp is brought to you by BRIDGES – a movement designed to hold space for Syilx youth to discover success through connection to land and culture.


The goals for the camp are to:

  • Explore the meaning and importance of environmental leadership through the arts, cultural teachings, activities on the land, group discussions, and mentorship from key resource people.
  • Create a space for Syilx youth to connect, deepen relationships, form networks of support, and plan future collaborative activities.
  • Provide participants with mentorships that explore connection to land, self, and purpose.
  • Think collectively about how to assert presence on the land.


Darcie Houck is an Indigenous attorney specializing in environment, water resources, energy development and Native American land use. She also works with the Winnemum Wintu to restore their salmon to the McCloud River, above Shasta Dam; with the Pit River Tribe to protect sacred Medicine Lake, with Ohlone leaders in the Bay Area to protect and restore shell mounds and traditional land management.


Dune Lankard has helped to tens of thousands of acres in the Copper River Delta, that will keep fossil fuels in the ground and protect habitat. He is also working to launch community cold storage facilities, to maximize food sovereignty and sustainable economic returns to his community’s fishers, hunters, and gatherers.


Melissa K. Nelson is a Native ecologist, writer, media-maker and indigenous scholar-activist. She is the president/CEO of The Cultural Conservancy, a Native-led indigenous rights organization she had directed since 1993. She is also associate professor of American Indian Studies at San Francisco State University where she teaches courses in Native Science. Her work is dedicated to indigenous rights and revitalization, biocultural heritage protection and environmental justice, intercultural solidarity, and the renewal and celebration of community health and cultural arts. For nearly two decades Melissa has been involved in the Native American food movement in North America and since 2006 in the indigenous food sovereignty movement internationally. Melissa is a Switzer Environmental Fellow and has received awards for documentary films, community engagement, and experiential education. She publishes essays in academic and popular journals and books and documents Native issues through audio and video recordings. Her first edited anthology Original Instructions – Indigenous Teachings For A Sustainable Future (2008), focuses on the persistence of Traditional Ecological Knowledge by contemporary Native communities. Her next edited anthology, Keepers of the Green World: Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Sustainability will be out in 2017. She has served on numerous boards of directors, including Earth Island Institute, Bioneers, and the Center for Whole Communities. Melissa is Anishinaabe, Cree, Métis, and Norwegian. She is a proud member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians.


Event Sponsors:

Upper Nicola Band



Event Date:
June 10-17, 2017

Event Location:
Glimpse Lake, BC

Event Map:

Cindy Brewer, BRIDGES Skills Mentor


Phone: 250-869-6391