Fire and Water Symposium in Kelowna

Poster art: “Sacred Water” by Coralee Miller

Fire and Water: Creative and Critical Perspectives from the Okanagan Watershed and Beyond

Friday, 13 May, 2022
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Woodhaven Eco-Culture Centre, Kelowna

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“Fire and Water” is a free one-day symposium of workshops, storytelling, talks, performances, and other forms of sharing creative and critical perspectives on water ecologies and fire practices in the Okanagan watershed and beyond. This event will take place on site at the Woodhaven Eco Culture Centre on Syilx territory, primarily outdoors (weather permitting).

Some events will be recorded for remote viewing and will be shared with interested ASLE members/affiliates after the event date.

This event will be convened by the FEELed Lab (at UBC Okanagan) with support from ASLE (Association for the Study of Literature and Environment), the Sncewips Heritage Museum (Westbank First Nation), FCCS, (Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies), and PHH (Public Humanities Hub) at UBC Okanagan.

Attendance is free of charge and will include a light lunch.


9 am – Welcome and opening prayer – Pamela Barnes (Westbank First Nation)

Morning workshop 1: Sketchbooking on the Land – Coralee Miller (Sncewips Heritage Museum of Westbank First Nation, FEELed Lab artist-in-residence)

Morning workshop 2: Performance workshop Pintigan: Thinking and Embodying the Watersheds – Dennis Gupa (Performer and Theatre Director, University of Winnipeg)

Coffee, tea and light snacks will be available throughout the morning.

12:30 – 1:30 LUNCH (light lunch provided to registered participants, including vegan and GF options)

1:30 pm – Storytelling and conversation with Madeline Terbasket (Syilx, Ho-chunk and Anishinaabe two-spirit performing artist)

2: 30 pm – Poems, stories and other creative combustions with

  • Taylor Lezard (En’owkin Centre)
  • Adeniyi Asiyanbi (UBC Okanagan)
  • RIna Garcia Chua (poet, UBC Okanagan)

4:00 pm – Closing + optional walk, contemplations, conversation in Woodhaven Regional Park

Coffee, tea and light refreshments will be available throughout the day.