Our Facilitators

We are thrilled to announce our facilitators:

Kelly Terbasket

Program Director of IndigenEYEZ, a holistic approach to strengthening four essential relationships: with self, with others, with nature, and with culture. IndigenEYEZ encourages communites to explore their own cultures and to think deeply about what traditional values mean in the contemporary world.

Aaron Noel Derickson

Educator, Facilitator, Consultant, Youth Mentor. Aaron is currently pursuing his Ph.D at UBC Okanagan in Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies. His research entails Leadership and Governance from a Syilx perspective, based on Ceptiklw (oral legends).

Kathy Porter

Chair of the Collaborative Global Initiative, Climate Change Mediator and regenerative designer in B.C.


…MUCH more than their titles suggest, we encourage you to check out their bios here.


Determining Environmental Flow Needs (EFNs) have long been a source of conflict, trying to parcel out what is needed for human vs. environmental needs for water. For two days, we will be focusing on this conflict and using a truly collaborative process to meet the challenge. Together, our facilitators offer a unique approach – both in content as well as in format – integrating Syilx traditions and traditional knowledge, and the dialogue process (i.e. less presentation, more conversation!).

For more on the conference – including the full program, registration details and more, please browse this site: www.EFN2018.ca.

Special thanks to our conference organizing partners: Okanagan Nation Alliance, B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, UBC Okanagan, BC First Nations Fisheries Council, WWF-Canada, and POLIS Water Sustainability Project.

We look forward to seeing you!


Environmental Flow Needs (EFNs), or the volume and timing of water required to ensure effective functioning of an aquatic ecosystem – for fish and other needs – is an important but still evolving science. In locations where significant demand or competition for water exists, such as the Okanagan, scientists, policy-makers, planners, and regulators are now focussed on developing methods to determine appropriate EFNs. In B.C., the introduction of the Water Sustainability Act in February 2016 requires that EFNs (or in-stream flow needs) be determined for water bodies potentially affected by any new proposed licences for surface or groundwater extractions. This requirement creates opportunities and challenges for water management and the need for better EFN science and collaborative dialogue among all water users to reconcile their needs and interests.

With this conference, we are thrilled to bring together representatives from national and international organizations engaged in water management or research, including fisheries and water managers, First Nations, regulators, policy-makers, academia, and NGOs. The event will cover several main themes and focus on the current state of EFN-setting in B.C. and recent EFN-related work in the Okanagan and elsewhere in Canada and the U.S.

Kelly Terbasket

As a Syilx woman living in in the beautiful Similkameen Valley, home of her family for generations, Kelly Terbasket’s close connection to this ancestral place has been a source of strength for her life and her work. It has been a special environment to raise her two daughters. Kelly’s long history of grassroots work over the past 20 years includes successfully managing community development projects at the local, provincial and national level—working in curriculum development, research, early childhood development, consulting, mentorship, filmmaking and event coordination. Her passion for empowering others through coaching has taken Kelly to aboriginal communities all over B.C. She loves to share transformational tools through workshops, on-line, and in one-on-one sessions. Her facilitation style reflects how she values fun, interactivity and meaningful personal connections.

“I am Okanagan First Nations and have been working for over 25 years in grassroots positions, so I have experienced first-hand the critical needs, gaps and challenges to addressing the complicated and overwhelming issues we face. There are too many youth programs where the youth are bored and disengaged and not taking in the important information that is being shared with them. This is especially disheartening when it comes to the transference of culture/language, because we have limited time with the elders and traditional knowledge keepers, and our languages are on the brink of extinction. Staff who are delivering these programs need skills and tools to bring an engaging and empowering process to the youth.

I passionately believe that the IndigenEYEZ model has a huge potential to engage, inspire and mobilize positive social action in our youth and in our communities.”