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Upcoming Programs at the Whyte!

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The Whyte Museum will be offering online talks and classes this spring. Here is a glimpse of what we will be offering between May and July!

Book Talks

The book talk series either features local authors, those who celebrate the culture of the Canadian Rockies or those that showcase the Whyte Museum archives.


Colin Harris presents:

Take Me Outside

Join local author Colin Harris to hear his story about a Cross-Canada run to inspire students and teachers to get outside and experience the benefits and beauty of nature.

Image Courtesy of Colin Harris

Take Me Outside is Colin’s story of spending nine months running from St. John’s, Newfoundland, to Victoria, British Columbia, visiting over 80 schools along the way to engage with 20,000 students about the importance of spending time outside learning, playing, and exploring in the Canadian landscape. With one of the biggest and best backyards in the world, people across Canada are spending the vast majority of their time inside. Yet, our identity as Canadians has always been rooted in our relationship with the outdoors. This wildly entertaining book not only recounts what it’s like to run across the world’s second-largest country but also implores readers of all ages to reignite their connection with the natural world.

May 20 at 7 p.m. MST on Zoom

Tickets are free, register here.

Purchase the book here


Lisa Christensen Presents:

Truth and Beauty in the Canadian Rockies:

An Explorer’s Guide to the Art of Walter J. Phillips

Join author and past Curator of Art at the Whyte Museum, Lisa Christensen, for an illustrated discussion of her most recent publication Truth and Beauty in the Canadian Rockies: An Explorer’s Guide to the Art of Walter J Phillips. The fourth in the Hiker’s Guides to Art of the Canadian Rockies, series, Truth and Beauty is heavily focused on the town of Banff and nearby vistas, as Phillips lived in a studio home on Sleeping Buffalo Mountain from 1943 – 1959. Lisa will illustrate her talk with numerous images of Phillips' works in watercolour, woodcut, and wood engraving while sharing stories from Phillips' life, and discussing his technique and meticulous practice in depth.

June 17 at 7 p.m. MST on Zoom

Tickets are $5 or Free for Members

Register Here

Purchase the book here


Y2Y + Whyte Speaker Series:

Protecting Spirit of Place

Image of Whisper Camel Means

Hear about Whisper Camel Means and her work involving highway reconstruction and implementing safety measures, partly inspired by the wildlife crossing structures in Banff National Park. These innovations allow wildlife to cross busy roads safely, including a network of wildlife-crossing structures on US Highway 93 which runs through the heart of the Flathead Reservation and is one of the most extensive wildlife-sensitive highway design efforts to date in the United States.

She will speak to her vision of a community united around a deep respect for their natural resources for both cultural and subsistence values.

June 3 at 7 p.m. MST on Zoom

This event is free.

Register Here

In partnership with Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative


Sign up for Upcoming Spring Classes…

Stoney Language Basics:

Indigenous Ties to the People, Land, and History in Banff

Learn about the rich culture and history of the Stoney Nakoda including the basics of Stoney language – from sounds to short phrases, as well as the history and the importance of Banff to the Stoney Nakoda. Learn the names for the seasons, animals, and plants in the Bow Valley.

Join Nakoda Historian and Language Instructor Buddy Wesley as he incorporates photos and living objects from the Whyte Museum collection into the class, sharing his perspective about Stoney Nakoda life before and during Banff Indian Days to today in indoor and outdoor classroom settings.

Buddy Wesley teaching, Img. Dawn Saunders Dahl

Mondays, May 31 – July 5, 5pm - 7p.m. MST on Zoom

Tickets are $215 for 6 weeks

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Creative Fiction Writing Class with Richard Van Camp

Richard Van Camp, courtesy of William Au

Join Richard Van Camp for an online Creative Fiction Writing Class. The class is geared towards writers of fiction, screenplays, comics, graphic novels.

Richard Van Camp is a proud Tlicho Dene from Fort Smith, NWT. He is the author of 24 books. His novel, The Lesser Blessed, is now a feature film with First Generation Films. He is a graduate of the En'owkin International School of Writing, the University of Victoria's Creative Writing BFA Program, and the Master's Degree in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia.

Participants must be age 16 and up and are required to have a notepad and pen/pencil for the class.

June 10, 6 – 7:30 p.m. MST on Zoom

Tickets are $40

Register Here

Registration is required for ALL programs.

Please check for more information and more upcoming programing!

Looking forward to seeing you online!

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