Erica is a second generation settler of Japanese and mixed European ancestry. She grew up on the traditional territories of the Skwxwú7mesh First Peoples, where deep forests open to mountains and oceans in a place we now call North Vancouver. An upbringing on these lands inspired Erica to pursue a degree in Natural Resource Conservation at UBC where she deepened her love for trees, wildlife, and all things natural. After her degree, Erica and her partner Brennan hopped in their tiny two-door Honda Civic to explore, climb, hike, and camp in diverse and incredible natural areas. Upon arriving back on Coast Salish territory, they settled slightly North, in a place the Skwxwú7mesh Peoples refer to as “birth place of the wind”. Erica can now be found in Squamish with her partner Brennan and crazy dog Valley, where she spends her free time cooking Japanese food, falling off her bike, pursuing a Masters in Education for Sustainability at UBC, spending time with family, and weeding her garden.
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