Thriving Roots Wilderness School strives to provide experiences that enable students to develop strong roots in nature, community, and self; discovering what it means to be truly human while bringing our unique gifts to the world. We aim to foster healthy relationships with all life, through powerful nature-based mentoring programs.
We envision a future where all life is deeply respected and cared for, where communities flourish, and where all generations of people live, work, play, and grow together. In this vision, individuals rise to their fullest potential, humans are naturally part of the wild places, clean water can be enjoyed from every stream, and all creatures thrive within healthy ecosystems.
At the heart of everything we do, Thriving Roots Wilderness School aims to reconnect people to the land. We endeavour to honour the land and its treaties by strengthening our relationship and responsibilities to them. We acknowledge that we live and work on unceded Coast Salish Territories*, specifically of the Lekwungen and W_SÁNEC peoples. While our intentions are to heal broken relationships between people and the land, we acknowledge that many of our ancestors came to these lands through the ongoing process of dispossession and colonialism. We hold this understanding in our interactions and engagements with this land and its people.
* The term Coast Salish is used to encompass a number of Indigenous peoples, including Esquimalt, Hul’qumi’num, Klahoose, Lekwungen (Songhees), MALAXEt, Musqueam, OStlq’emeylem, Pentlatch, Scia’new (Beecher Bay), Sliammon, Shishalh, Skxwú7mesh-ulh Úxwumixw, Stó:lo, Straits, Tsleil-Waututh, T’Sou-ke, W_SÁNEC (Pauquachin, Tsartlip, Tsawout, Tseycum), and Xwemalhkwu.