The Mountain Festival Welcome will feature a short introductory presentation from the Canadian Mountain Network about the Mountain Festival and the Network's place in Canadian mountain research. This is a great chance to get answers about the Network, learn about how to get involved, and to meet our great Mountain Festival Sponsors.
Plains bison are being reintroduced to Banff National Park in early 2017. The second part of the event will the history of bison conservation from the rescue of the species from extinction to its return as an ecological force, feature the Buffalo Treaty amongst over 20 First Nations and discuss potential impacts of this keystone species to the national park and the ecosystems.
Join Dr. Leroy Little Bear from the University of Lethbridge, Harvey Locke from Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, Tanya Harnett from the University of Alberta, William Snow from the Stoney Nakoda Tribal Council and Parks Canada in conversation with Bison Belong coordinator’s Marie-Eve Marchand. Special footage by Dr. Tasha Hubbard from the University of Saskatoon on the spring 2016b bison transfer from Elk Island National Park to the Blackfeet nation will also be featured.
This event is part of the Canadian Mountain Network's 2016 International Mountain Day Mountain Festival, happening December 9 – 16, 2016. The Mountain festival is a celebration of Canada's mountain environments, mountain communities, and cultures.
For a full list of Mountain Festival events visit www.internationalmountainday.ca.