Zuc'min Guiding specializes in developing and delivering presentations that bring together western and Indigenous knowledge systems for a unique perspective of our mountain environments.
CULTURAL KNOWLEDGE OF PLANTS
Anyone interested in botany and Indigenous plant use.
Harvesting wild plants for food and medicine is a growing activity. This is often associated with Indigenous knowledge. For many of our Indigenous communities, we have mixed feelings about talking about how to harvest wild plants. This course will assist you in understanding this hesitation and introduce you to the cultural knowledge of plants.
Anyone traveling or working in a mountain environment.
Outdoor activities are extremely weather dependent, specifically if you are hiking, camping or moving through mountainous environments. This full day mountain weather course will assist you in basic mountain weather knowledge from common mountain weather to identification of hazardous weather.
LEAVE NO TRACE
All people who want to learn about taking care of our environment. Typically working professionally oriented guides and scouting groups.
Leave No Trace training consists of a three- tiered course structure. The five-day Master Educator Course is the most advanced training, followed by the two-day Trainer Course, and then the one-day Awareness Workshop. These courses are designed to educate participants about the Seven Principles of Leave No Trace and the minimum impact skills and ethics associated with each Principle.
LAND BASE LEARNING
Professors and educators who want their class to understand more about Indigenous place-based learning.
Typically land-based learning has occurred within the family and community using knowledge holders of the specific activity one wants to learn. Knowledge holders pass on specific skills and the importance of not just learning but continuing the knowledge. Our instruction focuses on the mountains and the skills necessary to work and be on the mountains.
Anyone interested in learning more about Indigenous ways of knowing, typically academic institutions.
A profoundly dynamic and cumulative set of experience and practices combined with historical understanding that develops individual, family, and community knowledge expressed in narratives that bring past to present, individual to collective and embed us in the locations we move through. These presentations will allow you to recognize the main elements of Indigenous Knowledge and how they function in different settings.
Anyone interested in Indigenous stories although mostly tailored to academic institutions.
Often misunderstood as ancient stories, Indigenous narratives are not only how we tell our stories but how our narratives make the world around us. These presentations will assist you in understanding the significance of the stories we tell and how they can be mobilized in connecting us to the land.
Timberline Alpine Academy
Banff Alberta 2022-2023.
We taught the 2022 Indigenous Studies program to 46 international students.
Faculty of Education; since 2020; we teach land base learning to their education students. Have presented to more than 80+ students since 2020.
University of Calgary
Geography Department; since 2023; we teach Indigenous Knowledge to Geographical Field schools. Presented to 48 students.
University of Alberta
Kinesiology Department; since 2023; we teach about Indigenous Tourism to Tourism classes. Presented to 16 students.