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Active Hope: Practices to move through climate anxiety

Supporting educator well-being supports the education system. But what happens if the teachers and educators are grappling with climate anxiety? How do we teach the leaders of tomorrow when our own fear of the future stands in the way? You are not alone. Let's join together to learn practical habits to reframe climate anxiety as a healthy human response to the state of the planet and move through the discomfort to a place of active hope. The workshop will lean into poetry, creative expression and authentic conversation - no experience necessary, all are welcome. The underlaying theory is informed by the influential "Four-fold Spiral" of ecophilo...

Traditional Games in the Classroom

This hands on interactive workshop will showcase several traditional games and how they align with current curricula and how they can be a valuable resource. Children of all ages love the games and the learning and teachings are broad and dynamic.

Camp Magic

Taking kids outside can open the doors to a magical world of unexplained adventure, experiences and stories. When these moments happen as outdoor educators, we often refer to them as 'Camp Magic'. Situations that leave students and teachers with a memory of a life-time and a story that will be told for many years to come. But how do we create these 'magical' moments for our students? Can we actually plan 'Camp Magic' or does it happen organically, naturally and only when unplanned? Join me in this session as we explore the thought process behind these moments and how to potentially design, facilitate and implement your own 'Camp Magic'.

Etaumptumk in the classroom

I will have an outdoor activity that will help take the etuaptmumk into the classroom. I will provide a discussion about how to incorporate indigenous knowledge into a respectful space and to provide an activity about respect for the environment. To create a land acknowledgment that is authentic as a participant, in each territory. I will be sharing how to connect to traditional knowledge and elders but also knowledge keepers and to create a learning environment that is respectful and responsive and an ongoing relationship. I will show how land based learning can be beneficial to all students either indigenous or not. Making connections to the space ...

The Land Acknowledgement as a Seed for Engaging in Etuaptmumk

Inspired by Marie Battiste’s Decolonizing Education, Elder Albert Marshall’s Etuaptmumk, and Anishinabeg community partnerships, the OCSB Indigenous Education team has explored how the land acknowledgment can act as a pathway for K-12 inquiry-based, cross-curricular, holistic learning in an outdoor education setting. The OCSB team will share practical hands-on activities and lesson plans created in collaboration with community partners that can be adapted for your territorial responsibilities.

Core Routines for Connecting and Learning with and on the Land

This session will focus on core routines and resources for land based, outdoor learning and incorporating Indigenous ways of knowing. Experience some of the protocols and strategies that teachers who teach outdoors everyday use to help children connect with land in meaningful ways, and establish intentional, effective outdoor learning environments.

No more playing Indian: Addressing the colonial legacy of Indigenous-themed summer camps in Canada

Through a critical examination of the colonial underpinnings and assumptions of the camping movement in general and Camp Chief Hector specifically, Dr. Brown and Dr. Bensler will reflect on the ways camp shaped their white settler identity and relationship to Indigenous peoples and Land. They will share their stories of how the colonial curriculum at camp taught them a version of history that upholds white-settler colonial dominance and maintains Indigenous peoples’ invisibility. They will also suggest ways that camps can take accountability for their past and move forward more ethically and responsibly, based on their experience in a reconciliat...

Kapabamayak Achaak Healing Forest- Live, Learn, Heal

The presenters will gather in a circle on the land. Our Elder will share circle teachings and smudging protocols. Participants will be invited to participate in a smudge. The presenters will provide a brief history of the project and provide examples of land-based practices shared with many visitors to the site such as Indigenous ways-of-knowing and methodologies, environmental sustainability and wellness on the land. Our Elder will share a traditional teaching of how the board works together and the presenters will discuss the collaboration between a diverse group of people who are First Nations, Metis, White, religious and secular, all with a ...

Well-being, Climate Change and Physical Education : links, challenges and solutions

Climate change is the defining challenge of our era. Well-being might be a close second! How can physical educators address these topics with their students? Should they? How can we equip ourselves to teach about climate change, while considering our own and our students' well-being? This session will allow teachers to discuss and explore the role that physical educators have in teaching about climate change. We will also examine how outdoor learning can play a role in both climate change education and teacher well-being. We'll look at examples of what is being done and hear about why outdoor learning is associated with greater subjective well-being ...

Educating the hearts of youth to promote nature stewardship

In our technology-driven world, we need to ensure that youth, our future leaders, are connected to nature. In this workshop, hosted by Outward Bound Canada in collaboration with the Nature Education Collective (NEC), participants will experience the immediate benefits of learning in nature through simple outdoor activities. They will learn about the many benefits of outdoor education for students, such as social-emotional skills and improved mental health, and recognize how important emotional connections to nature are for environmental conservation. They will also learn how to collect and analyze data to demonstrate the value of outdoor education and ...