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Celebrating the Reintroduction of Bison to Banff National Park (Calgary, AB)

  • John Dutton Theatre - Calgary Central Library 616 Macleod Trail Southeast Calgary, AB, T2G 2M2 Canada (map)

This is one of three free events at Calgary Central Library on December 11th in celebration of International Mountain Day. Click here to sign up for a presentation on environmental change in the Rockies from Alberta's Chief Scientist Dr. Fred Wrona from 10:30am to 11:30am and click here to sign up for the screening of 'Living with Wildlife' and filmmaker Q&A from 1:00pm to 2:00pm.


Missing from the wild for over a century, 16 bison were successfully translocated to the Panther Valley in Banff National Park on February 1, 2017. Their homecoming is an ecological, historic and cultural triumph and coincides with the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation. Join Karsten Heuer, Parks Canada’s Bison Reintroduction Project Manager, and Bill Snow, the Stoney Tribal Administration’s Consultation Manager, to learn more about this exciting initiative and hear behind-the-scenes stories, including the birth of calves this spring that are the first to be born in Banff’s backcountry in 140 years!

Doors open at 11:45am.

Coffee, juice and snacks will be available and attendees are welcome and encouraged to bring a lunch.

About our speakers:

Karsten Heuer is the Bison Reintroduction Project Manager for Banff National Park, a job he describes as the “most stimulating” in a 25-year career as a Park Warden and biologist in Alberta and the Yukon. He has won many awards for the best-selling books he has written about wildlife-inspired journeys and for the documentary films he co-created with his wife (e.g. Being Caribou, Walking the Big Wild, Finding Farley).

William Snow is a member of the the Stoney Nakoda Nation, Wesley First Nation, as well as a Dual Citizen of Canada / United States of America, and is of Stoney Nakoda / Yuma Quechan descent. Since 2012, Bill has been the Consultation Manager for Stoney Nakoda Nation. This work involves the assessment of industrial resources projects within Stoney Nakoda Traditional Lands, that involve many consultations with industry, the provincial and federal governments, in the Southern Alberta.

Recently in 2016, Bill assisted in coordinating ceremonies for Stoney Nakoda Nation for the Bison Reintroduction at Banff National Park & Elk Island National Park, as well as for the proposed renaming of Tunnel Mountain. Also, Stoney Nakoda Nation completed a Traditional Knowledge Study of Grizzly Bears in the Kananaskis Provincial Park for Environment Canada. These activities have been instrumental in regional land planning with the Government of Alberta.

Bill is also an advisor to the Chiniki Lecture series at the University of Calgary, and at the University of Alberta, an advisor to the First Nation Lecture series, the Thinking Mountains Conference (2015 and 2018), and the Canadian Mountain Network. In September 2017, Bill accepted the Ted Smith Conservation Award from Yellowstone to Yukon on behalf of Stoney Consultation. Bill lives in Calgary, and works at the Stoney Indian Reserve at Morley, Alberta.