Erica Ellis (she/her)
Erica is 2nd generation Japanese on her mothers side and 6th generation mixed European on her fathers side. She grew up as an uninvited guest 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”. Here she has completed a Masters in Education for Sustainability at UBC and set down roots. Erica can now be found in Squamish with her partner Brennan and wild dog Valley, where she spends her free time cooking Japanese food, falling off her bike, spending time with family, and endlessly weeding her garden.