Skiing the Sacred Headwaters in British Columbia (Potluck & Slideshow)

The Sacred Headwaters is a vast and staggering wilderness in the northwest corner of British Columbia. Its massive glaciers and heavy snowfall give birth to three of Canada's largest salmon-bearing rivers, the Stikine, the Skeena, and the Nass. Looming development in the form of copper and gold mining and natural gas hydraulic fracturing (fracking) threaten the health of the watersheds and ecosystems within the Sacred Headwaters, and Tahltan heritage and history.

In the winter of 2012, with the support of a National Geographic Young Explorer's grant, John Gioia and four others spent two months living among the Tahltan and traveling deep into the wilderness of the Sacred Headwaters. In pursuit of first descents and a true backcountry experience, they came away feeling deeply connected to the land, and the Tahltan people.


Doors open @ 6:15 PM

Potluck @ 6:30 PM

Slideshow @ 7:15 PM

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Potluck Info: Homemade dishes are welcome, store bought goodies & takeout are equally welcome :) Plates, bowls, cups, cutlery, napkins and drink pitchers will be supplied. The auditorium has a kitchen if you need to do any re-warming or prep (with a stovetop, oven, microwave, sink & fridge). Please bring your own cooking pots if needed for stovetop.

Subway Directions: Take the MBTA to Park Street Station. Walk through the Boston Common uphill towards the State House on Beacon Street. To the left of the State House is Joy Street; follow Joy Street uphill to the AMC Auditorium Building (brownstone), #4 Joy Street on the left hand side. Map:

Parking: Nearby parking is available at the Boston Common Garage, located underneath the Boston Common. Access is off Charles Street, between the Public Garden and the Boston Common. We offer $6 parking tickets at the slideshows (a savings of $5). More info about the Garage is here:

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  • Lin

    I thought the presentation was interesting. Honestly, I think John was able to get that grant simply because of connections so that he could ski. I don't know how vested he is in the issue w/ the sacred headwaters. But he also was admitted skiing was a primary goal, so kudos for honesty. The photography was beautiful and I was glad I went.

    January 18, 2013

  • Julie

    Thanks everyone for coming to the show and hearing about John's amazing adventure!

    January 18, 2013

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