Before we talk about who we are, we would like to acknowledge those who were here before us and are still our brothers and sisters today. We would like to share our gratitude for the survival and wilderness living skills that were taught by indigenous communities to the first settlers of Turtle Island; the indigenous communities who worked with nature long before us and continue to be the leading voices in environmental repatriation, ecology, sustainability, and values that honour us as being part of nature, not separate from it.
The place we call home - Alberta, Canada - is the traditional and ancestral territory of many peoples, presently subject to Treaties 6, 7, and 8. Namely: the Blackfoot Confederacy – Kainai, Piikani, and Siksika – , the Cree, Dene, Saulteaux, Nakota Sioux, Stoney Nakoda, and the Tsuu T’iina Nation, as well as the Métis People of Alberta. This includes the Métis Settlements and the Six Regions of the Métis Nation of Alberta within the historical Northwest Metis Homeland. We acknowledge the many First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples who have lived in and cared for these lands for generations. We are grateful for the traditional Knowledge Keepers and Elders who are still with us today and those who have gone before us. We make this acknowledgement as an act of reconciliation and gratitude to those whose territory we reside on and love visiting.
Since 2017, Kaykima Wilderness has been teaching emergency survival and bushcraft skills to students of all ages, stages, and abilities.
Our business model is a little different - based out of Calgary, Alberta, we offer programming throughout the province of Alberta and into B.C., Saskatchewan, and the Northwest and Yukon Territories. You may see pictures of our Sprinter van - our office on wheels - on social media. "Ol' Girl," as we named her, is our way of staying connected to clients and to nature. Our roaming business allows us to share our programs over a wider area, as well as discover many beautiful areas of the Treaties 6, 7, and 8 land that we are grateful to be able to honour and enjoy.
Kaykima Wilderness classes are built upon the premise that working with nature, rather than against it, increases the chances of survival in an emergency situation. By getting outside and into nature, students learn to engage with the natural world in a tangible, personal, and sustainable way. We want to help humans survive - and thrive - in their natural environments, thus developing communities based upon gratitude and a deep appreciation for nature. .
We maintain principles of inclusivity, personal integrity, environmental responsibility, experiential learning, and the importance of community.
We welcome clients from the LGBTQ+ community and we acknowledge that all of our skills are based upon the teachings of indigenous cultures within Canada and around the world.
Rob spent over twenty years working in child and youth justice and children's mental health, and was both challenged and rewarded within his career. In 2017 he added entrepreneurship to his resume by establishing Kaykima Wilderness. Based on his own skills and experiences outdoors, Rob saw the crossover between the growth of resiliency in individuals, and spending time outside. In addition to teaching Kaykima Classes, Rob loves being outside foraging and learning new bushcraft skills, spending time with family, travelling, creating music, and pursuing various hobbies and interests.
Steph is the Coordinator for Kaykima Wilderness and brings her skills of organization and creativity to the team. A lover of people and of nature, Steph brings a spiritual and communal perspective to the team values at Kaykima, as well as some pretty impressive spoon carving skills. When she isn't answering emails or updating Instagram, she can be found painting, spending time with family, reading tarot cards, designing children's books and learning about anything and everything under the sun.