Guided by Indigenous cultures and knowledge, community youth will learn about environmental science through land-based teachings. These land-based camps will provide exciting opportunities to increase youth’s awareness and skills about science and the natural world.
Learn from Elders, environmental scientists, and Indigenous scholars in a hands-on and applied way.
This is an opportunity to learn about the science of local environments: in water, plants, fish, wildlife, and human relationships with their environment.
We will work with educational leaders, teachers, harvesters, and Elders within a community context to identify local priorities regarding the environment to develop two-day or five-day land-based camps reflecting these priorities.
As part of the Kis Kin Ha Ma Ki Win (“learning” in Cree) initiative, five-day and two-day camps, along with one-day workshops, will be held in collaboration with interested communities. We will provide youth with opportunities to learn about science in localized and applied contexts through hands-on learning, problem-solving, and skill development. Science skills gained will include water testing, sampling for medicines, fish and wildlife, as well as the collection and analysis of environmental data.
The costs of these camps will be covered by existing grant funding.
Developing Your Land-Based Indigenous Science Camp
All camps will provide a holistic overview of the priorities and issues relevant to your community with a focus on the local environment, scientific approaches, and traditional knowledge.
Contact us at (204) 474-9316 or firstname.lastname@example.org to develop your camp with us. Here’s what we need to know:
How long do you want your camp to be?
We can develop camps from one-day to five-days.
Are you already planning a land-based youth camp?
Tell us the dates and location and we will work with you to develop a curriculum appropriate for the number of days you want us to visit. We can come for a day or two
What are your learning priorities for the youth?
We can focus on a number of environmental topics and issues including, but not limited to:
- Holistic approaches to the environment and livelihoods
- Impacts of hydropower or other energy extractive activities
- Water quality, changes, and importance
- Language, traditions, and scientific concepts of water and its use
- Traditional plants and medicines
- Fish and wildlife health and monitoring
- Health and wellbeing
- Language and traditions
What environmental and/or wellbeing concerns do you have?
We can focus on a number of concerns you may have and guide youth through science and Indigenous knowledge to address these concerns. These include, but are not limited to:
- Drinking water quality
- Water contamination
- Fish population health
- Wildlife health
- Human wellbeing
What activities would you like us to facilitate with you?
Based on the learning priorities and environmental concerns for your community there are a number of activities we facilitate with the youth. These include, but are not limited to:
- Setting nets and harvesting fish
- Techniques in community-based monitoring
- Water sampling and interpretation of findings
- Walking tours and site visits to impacted areas
- Interview/Questionnaire development
- Arts-based activities to process learnings
- Journaling, reporting, and reflection