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Why We Walk: A PechaKucha Night

 January 13, 2016
Posted by NWT Recreation and Parks Association

Join the Northwest Territories Recreation and Parks Association (NWTRPA) and Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre (PWNHC) at 7pm.

Since 2001, the NWTRPA has hosted an annual winter walking challenge called Walk to Tuk. Registered teams of NWT residents work together to conceptually walk the distance of the Deh Cho (Mackenzie River), 1,658 km from Fort Providence to Tuktoyaktuk. As part of the 6th Annual Walk to Tuk challenge, the NWTRPA and PWNHC are joining forces to host a PechaKucha Night about walking.

What is a PechaKucha Night, you ask? It is a fun, laid-back gathering where people present and talk about a common topic using a digital slideshow presentation. 20 slides are displayed for 20 seconds each, resulting in a concise, fast-paced presentation with an emphasis on storytelling. Since the idea was born, in 2003, PechaKucha Nights have been held in over 800 cities around the world.

We will have 8 snappy presentations that explore walking from different perspectives. For example, walking as transportation; walking tours; walking and the land; the spiritual aspects of walking; walking as a way of knowing; and the mechanics of walking.

UPDATE: Here are our confirmed presenters and their presentation titles for the evening.

Jamie Bastedo – What the Grizzly Saw
Dr. Michael Bokor – The Art of Walking
Jenn Broadbridge – Lessons from a Car-Free Life
Jess Dunkin – A Week at the Races
Allice Legat and Colinda Blondin – Walking as a Way of Knowing
Leanne Robinson and Dwayne Wohlgemuth – Walking for Simplicity
Gerri Sharpe-Staples – Walking with Our Sisters
Elaine Stewart, Lorne Gushue, Karen Wilford, and Peter Chynoweth – Spiritual Walking
Rosanna Strong – Yellowknife Old Town Soundwalk

Jonathan Churcher will be joining us to tell musical stories about walking before the presentations and Minister Alfred Moses will be presiding.

Check out the interview Jess did with CBC North: https://soundcloud.com/cbcnwt/why-we-walk-pecha-kucha

Questions can be directed to Jess Dunkin (867.669.8376 | jdunkin@nwtrpa.org). More information about PechaKucha Nights can be found at www.pechakucha.org.PechaKucha Night Header