*Please note: These are tours are optional, and additional fees apply.
Vision, Hopes & Dreams at Métis Crossing Wildlife Tour (1.5 hours): The exploration of the Métis people’s connection with the land is an essential element of understanding traditional Métis life. This tour is more than an opportunity to see rare heritage species up close. The Visions, Hopes, and Dreams Wildlife Park tour is a cultural and historical tour paired with a legendary wildlife experience.
Visions, Hopes, and Dreams at Métis Crossing Wildlife Park offers guests a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the beauty of Métis heritage species. The wildlife park is home to rare white bison, wood bison, plains bison, elk, and Percheron horses.
Experience includes: An educational experience highlighting the significance of these heritage species to the Métis people The opportunity to enter the paddocks alongside the animals for an intimate view of the animals.
Price: Adult $75.60; Child (5-17) $59.85; Senior (65+): $59.85
Through the Eye of the Hunter Tour: Get in touch with the land and learn about Métis harvesting traditions in this invigorating Signature Experience. See through the eye of the hunter as your Métis guide leads you on a river-side trail walk. Discover the diverse plants of the boreal forest, learn how the hunters used their surroundings to assist in the hunt, and look for signs of the many animals that call Métis Crossing home. Hear stories of how Métis people survive on the land and how we relate to the plants and animals that help sustain our communities.
In the second half of this exciting experience, you’ll get to practice your bow hunting skills on our natural archery course! These essential skills were passed down by Métis people, from generation to generation, so we could all learn to provide for our families and communities while practicing sustainable harvesting.
Price: Adult $61.96; Child (5-17) $49.56; Senior (65+)$49.56
Guided Tour: Learn about Métis Ways of Life
Experience life on a traditional Métis River Lot in this one-of-a-kind Signature Experience! Led by a Métis interpretive guide, you’ll visit featured locations around Métis Crossing for an inside look at Métis life, history, and traditions. This experience includes a tour of traditional lands and homes, an overview of traditional seasonal practices and their importance to the Métis people, and traditional arts and craft. *Tour included with registration fees*
True Confessions Session: Sona Khosla, Chief Impact Officer of Benevity
Sona will share her journey as the Chief Impact Officer of Benevity, the billion dollar Calgary tech company changing the game of corporate giving. True Confessions offers a personal and intimate look at key learning moments around the challenges and successes of building businesses focused on a triple bottom line. Interspersed through the talk are opportunities to connect with fellow entrepreneurs and to process how what you’ve heard applies to your own venture.
Case Study Session: John MacInnes, Founder of Earthware Reusables
Earthware offers a return-for-reuse zero waste takeout container program in Calgary, Airdrie, Canmore and Banff. Their mission is to tackle the millions of single-use container waste that ends up in our province's landfills, and their partnership with the Alberta Bottle Depot Association marks a global first in reusable systems. During this session, John will receive feedback from a panel of experts and the audience. A powerful way for the entire group to gain a wealth of practical ideas about how to manage the challenges of running a socially responsible enterprise
Workshops: Session 1A — Being in Flow: Creating a Supportive Container for your Vision (and Yourself) to Flourish
There are moments when you are in flow. When you are present and can intuit the moving currents and what is called for. These moments are the heart of creating something new and meaningful. But they need space and presence. The new normal is too often an exhausted, frazzled, distracted, and isolated state. When our bodies, hearts & minds are depleted we cannot be of service to the world to the extent we want to be. This can be frustrating and disappointing. Mindfulness - when integrated into our daily life - creates more self-compassion and kindness. More humanness and connection. It helps you access that creative spacious ground. From there you can take the next step. This workshop explores how mindfulness helps you create a supportive environment for more presence and flow. Only through practising kindness & compassion and tending to your own heart can you truly be of service to others.
Workshops: Session 1B — Welcome to the New Era of the Purpose-Driven Business: Why It Matters and What You Can Do
The role of business in society is changing. Profits and shareholder value are no longer the be-all-and-end-all. Employees, customers, and investors increasingly expect your company to be making a positive impact on society. In fact, studies show that 93% of employees believe companies must lead with Purpose rather than solely focusing on making money. This is not a tick-box exercise: becoming a Purpose-driven company takes a lot more than making a charitable donation. What is this new era and what can you do about it? What You’ll Learn: · The trend towards Purpose-driven business and why it matters · The 4 key benefits of becoming a Purpose-driven company · How to find your company’s purpose and create a purpose statement · How to infuse Purpose into your organization’s culture, starting now
Fireside True Confessions Session: Morẹ́nikẹ́ Ẹniọlá Ọláòṣebìkan
Morẹ́nikẹ́ will share her journey as the founder of Kemet Group, a startup that aims to boost drug-manufacturing capacity in Africa. True Confessions offers a personal and intimate look at key learning moments around the challenges and successes of building businesses focused on a triple bottom line. Interspersed through the talk are opportunities to connect with fellow entrepreneurs and to process how what you’ve heard applies to your own venture.
Workshops: Session 2A — Agile Strategy for the Social Venture
How do you translate ideas into impact? How do you hold to your values, while competition and opportunities try to push you off course? And how do you decide what's most important now—compared to what you thought was important during your last planning retreat? Today, effective strategy integrates culture and brand, embraces the change that's all around us, and is captured in a living document that empowers leaders through change, growth, and organizational development. In this session Mike Rowlands will share insights into Junxion's Turning Point™ approach, which blends Agile methodologies, Appreciative Inquiry, stakeholder engagement and systems thinking in an integrated model that's been implemented by many SVI alumni in their ventures—and a long list of visionary, social purpose organizations.
Workshops: Session 2B — Understanding what is out there in the Alberta Social Venture Ecosystem
We hear that peer support and mentorship are often a pivotal resource for social ventures, and that word of mouth is the best way to find meaningful support. We are leveraging both concepts as we develop Namada, an online resource navigation for social entrepreneurs in Alberta.So much more than just a map, learn how Namada works, benefiting both social ventures, capacity builders and resource providers, and the ecosystem more broadly. Explore other work being done to help coordinate this space, what role you can play, and get a chance to try Namada for yourself.
Case Study: Dr. Kevin wâsakâyâsiw Lewis, Founder of kâniyâsihk Culture Camp
Dr. Kevin wâsakâyâsiw Lewis is a nêhiyaw (Plains Cree) instructor, researcher, write and founder of kâniyâsihk Culture Camp, a year round eco-tourism company that promotes First Nations experiences. Their social venture funds Canada's only Cree Land Based Immersion School, kâ-nîyâsihk mîhkiwâpa Centre of Excellence.