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Canadian Wilderness and Guiding Skills

Canadian and Dutch Instructors teach these courses at Voshaar Outdoor and Education

In April 2018 is the next edition.
Brenda Seeley- Holder, David Holder, Margot Visser and Raoul Kluivers will be your Instructors in 2018

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A combination of different courses leads to Wilderness Leader Certification and/or IGA Interpretive Hiking Guide certification (scroll down for more information)

1- Wilderness & Remote First Aid
2- Advanced Wilderness and Remote First Aid
April 5-6
April 5-9
3- IGA Apprentice Interpretive Guide
4- IGA Group management
April 7-8
April 9-10
5- Essential Wilderness Survival Skills- Short Term
6- Plant Medicine
April 12-13
April 12-13
7- Essential Wilderness Survival skills Advanced
8- Plant Medicine Advanced
April 14-15
April 14-15

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Information Canadian Wilderness and Guiding Skills 2018

Download: Essential Wilderness Survival Skills – Short Term

Download: Essential Wilderness Survival Skills Advanced
Dave Winter
David Holder


Wilderness First Aid
Download: WFA


Advanced Wilderness and Remote First Aid (AWRFA)
Download: AWRFA

Plant Medicine
Download: Basic Plant Medicine Course
Mahikan Trails

Plant Medicine Advanced
Overnachting op locatie mogelijk (kamperen)
Download: Intermediate Plant Medicine Course

Brenda Holder

IGA Apprentice Interpretive Hiking Guide

Wilderness Leader Onîkânohtêw

Brenda Holder

Brenda (Cree/Iroquois Métis) was born and raised in the Rockies in Jasper National Park and is pleased to follow her lineage as a traditional Métis guide from the Kwarakwante of Jasper. Learning through research and talking with elders, traditions, which are a part of her heritage, have become a pleasure for her to share with others.

Brenda has spent the last 12 years in tourism and has served on Aboriginal Tourism Advisory Boards for the Minister of Tourism Parks and Recreation in 2008 as well as for Travel Alberta in 2006. In addition, Brenda has been engaged in Aboriginal Tourism since 1998 and was an active member of Niitsitappi (before being taken over by Travel Alberta).

Some of Brenda’s Accomplishments:

Restructured and ran the Métis interpretive centre at the Canadian National Parks Rocky Mountain House 2006.
Trained guides and consulted for the Métis heritage site “Métis Crossing” for the six years.
Worked closely with Jasper National Parks introducing culturally based programs, which is at present an ongoing project.
Recipient of several prestigious awards for her work in using her company both in the entrepreneurial spirit and in educating the public about Métis culture. One of these awards was the Aboriginal Woman Entrepreneur Award of Distinction presented from the Alberta Chamber of Commerce.
Awarded the Esquao Award from the Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women (IAAW). The award was in the Health, Medicine and Culture category, for the promotion of those qualities through the client based activities provided by Mahikan Trails Inc.
In 2004, Métis Nation of Alberta Region III awarded her the Métis Entrepreneur of the Year.
Took part in several film documentaries and one television series: Mahikan Trails was presented on Profiles of Success on Aboriginal People’s Television Network.
Tomiuk Productions filmed Mahikan Trails in a documentary/training video to be used in a Lakeland College training course for Adventure Tourism.
Mahikan Trails was showcased as one of the Adventure Partners in the Aboriginal Tourism Sector.
As part of Alberta Economic Development, Brenda was also filmed with the Story Tellers documentary series on being an Aboriginal Woman in Business.
In 2006 Brenda was filmed in a TV series called Fish Out of Water, featuring Métis heritage, culture and skills.
In 2010 Brenda hosted her own TV show called “The Hookup” again featuring her heritage and culture. The show took home the prestigious “Rosie” award in Alberta.

Brenda holds the following outdoor pursuit qualifications/skills;

·  Nordic ski instructor with the Canadian association of Nordic ski Instructors
·  Level one Coach NCCP (National Canadian Coaching program)
·  Professional interpreter with Interpretive Guides Association (IGA)
·  Instructor with the IGA
·  Instructor for the Outdoor Council of Canada (OCC)
·  Wilderness and Standard First Aid instructor Red Cross
·  Qualified Hunter with Alberta Hunting Education Association

·  Qualified Instructor with Alberta Hunting Education Association
·  Qualified Trapper with Alberta Trapper Association
·  Standard Recreational Avalanche awareness level one

Dave Holder

Dave’s background is varied with 21 years in the British Military, 8 years teaching Adventurous Training to the British and Canadian Army in the Canadian Rockies. For the last 15 years here in the Canadian Rockies Dave has been working within the outdoor world.

Nordic Ski Instructor (CANSI)
Nordic ski coach (NCCP)
Instructor – Canadian Red Cross teaching Wilderness and Standard First Aid courses
Outdoor Council of Canada –  Instructor for Field Leader Hiking and Paddling courses
Boreal Forest Level 3 Guide – Wilderness Guide Association (WGA),
Wilderness Living skills instructor, Survival/Bushcraft, (certificate from Mors Kochanski)
Professional Interpretive Guide / Instructor –  Interpretive Guides Association (IGA)
Level 2 certificate – Interpretation Canada
Hiking and Snowshoe Guide –  Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG)
Instructor – Alberta Hunter Education Instructor Association (AHEIA)