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American Bison Society Meeting and Workshop 2016

American Bison Society Meeting and Workshop 2016
Photo: Keith Aune, American Bison Society
Join us September 26-29, 2016, for the 2016 American Bison Society Meeting and Workshop. The theme will be "The Social and Cultural Dimensions of Bison Ecological Restoration."
Sep 26, 2016 04:00 PM to Sep 29, 2016 05:00 PM (Canada/Mountain / UTC-600)
The Banff Centre, Banff, AB
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For the first time in its history the American Bison Society (ABS) will meet in Canada, at The Banff Centre in Banff National Park. Bison enthusiasts, managers, producers, advocates, philanthropists, and artists are invited to share experiences and strategies to guide future progress toward the ecological restoration of wood and plains bison.

There are some great things planned, including:

  • 60 speakers in two days;
  • Over dozen posters;
  • Two very special relationships stories for lunch;
  • The launch of the Last of the Buffalo: Return to the Wild book during the evening banquet with The Wardens providing music.

You will also have the opportunity to take share in some truly unique opportunities with First Nations from Alberta, BC and Saskatchewan, and Tribes from Montana on the traditional importance of buffalo. A bison feast and a cultural evening is organized for Wednesday evening while an inter-tribal community fusion will also happen that afternoon. The official Buffalo Treaty Ceremony is the next afternoon. And a Special REDx talk will be happening for the first time in Banff on Thursday morning.

Y2Y is proud to be a co-sponsor of ABS, supporting the restoration of bison and the strengthening of the cultural connection of people to bison.

Bison are one of the iconic animals in the Y2Y region, and Y2Y supports targeted restoration of this one much more widely spread icon.

Y2Y recognizes that the loss of bison affected indigenous peoples across the Y2Y region. Many communities associate the restoration of their culture with the restoration of bison, which is also important for ecosystem health as many other species benefit from the presence of bison.

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