Category Archives: Life

Eva Holland: “Fear is essential”



In 2015, writer and Outside magazine correspondent Eva Holland was forced to confront the question: what happens when the thing you fear the most comes true? The daughter of a mother who lost her own parents young, Holland long feared the same would happen to her. Then, on a camping trip in northwestern British Columbia, … Continue reading Eva Holland: “Fear is essential”


Erynne Gilpin is a Victoria-based educator, birth doula, and bead worker, as well as the founder of Indigenous Womxn Climb. (Photo: kl. Peruzzo | @peruzzo.prz)

Dr. Erynne Gilpin: “Knowledge is relational”



A co-founder of UATÊ // STORIED LEARNING, a vehicle for community-led knowledge mobilization through film and storytelling, Erynne Gilpin is a Victoria-based educator, birth doula, bead worker, and activist. The creator of Indigenous Womxn Climb, she is interested in Indigenous resurgence through “embodied governance, insurgent healing, and land/water-based wellness.” “Knowledge is really interconnected with everything … Continue reading Dr. Erynne Gilpin: “Knowledge is relational”


Eternity Martis: “I had to survive”



Eternity Martis found that as a Black student at a mostly-white university, she learned more about “what someone like me brought out in other people than who I was.” From blackface to racial slurs, she chronicled it all in her debut memoir, They Said This Would Be Fun. A blend of personal stories and in-depth … Continue reading Eternity Martis: “I had to survive”


Buy Nothing Project: “Build the world you want to live in”



What if, when you wanted something, you just asked? Rebecca Rockefeller and Liesl Clark are the co-creators of the Buy Nothing Project, a global network of hyper-local gift economies aimed at building community and consuming less. What started as a small Facebook group in Bainbridge Island, Washington in 2013 — the first gift was a … Continue reading Buy Nothing Project: “Build the world you want to live in”


David Roskelley: “Enjoy the grind”



David Roskelley has a penchant for difficult things. The first American to climb the Seven Summits and Volcanic Seven Summits, the highest mountains and volcanoes on each continent, Roskelley has survived on yak meat while summiting Mount Everest, and traveled as far afield as Papua New Guinea and Antarctica in search of peaks to climb. … Continue reading David Roskelley: “Enjoy the grind”


Meik Wiking: “The happiness of pursuit”



Meik Wiking has made a life out of studying happiness. The Copenhagen-based researcher and international bestselling author (The Little Book of Hygge, The Little Book of Lykke) has worked with countries around the world to explore what brings meaning and satisfaction to our lives. The Happiness Research Institute founder and CEO’s latest book, The Art … Continue reading Meik Wiking: “The happiness of pursuit”


Lamont ‘Tory’ Stapleton: “If we want to make a change, we’ve got to start with prisons”



The co-founder of Between the Lines, a prison basketball program aimed at rehabilitation, Lamont ‘Tory’ Stapleton has always kept the game of basketball close. An Athletic Hall of Fame member at Gill St. Bernard’s School in New Jersey, Stapleton played for Southern New Hampshire University and finished with over 1,300 career points. A self-described “dot … Continue reading Lamont ‘Tory’ Stapleton: “If we want to make a change, we’ve got to start with prisons”


Kiliii Yüyan (Part 2): “Let reality unfold before you”



In photographer Kiliii Yüyan’s work, he has drawn on both wilderness survival skills and empathy — qualities he deems “critical” for the projects he embarks on in extreme environments and cultures outside his own. “Human cultures are the most complicated things to understand,” he says. “Human culture is so rich. There’s so much to it.” … Continue reading Kiliii Yüyan (Part 2): “Let reality unfold before you”


Kiliii Yüyan (Part 1): “I never stayed put”



Storytelling has always been a part of Kiliii Yüyan’s life. As a young Chinese-American, his earliest stories came from his Nanai grandmother — stories of hunters riding orcas and roaming the seas. Today, a kayak builder, Nia Tero Storytelling Fellow, National Geographic photographer, and sought-after speaker, Yüyan explores the “human relationship to the natural world,” … Continue reading Kiliii Yüyan (Part 1): “I never stayed put”


Benveet Gill: “Nothing is designed for people with disabilities”



In 2012, Benveet Gill was on holiday in Las Vegas when a virus paralyzed her from the waist down. “I had the most excruciating pain in my low back,” she said. Doctors diagnosed her with transverse myelitis, an autoimmune disorder in the spinal cord. Since then, she’s co-launched ReYu, an Edmonton-based not-for-profit promoting neurorecovery; and … Continue reading Benveet Gill: “Nothing is designed for people with disabilities”