Teaching topics like local Indigenous rights and climate change is often reported as challenging (and sometimes avoided altogether), especially in communities with economies that are rooted in resource extraction. The new curriculum is calling on us to connect our students to the places they live as well as look at topics that remain contentious in some communities. How do we as teachers hold space for engaging diverse viewpoints in a way that supports all staff, students and families? Join Jenna and Frances for an interactive workshop with some ideas for how to engage with the differences in our classrooms and communities.
Jenna DUnsby works for the Dasiqox Tribal Park Initiative, led by the Tsilhqot'in communities of Yunesit'in and Xeni Gwet'in. She holds a M.A. in Community and Regional Planning, a B. A. in Environmental Studies and Biology, and has over a decade of experience with non-profit project management, group facilitation, comunications and community engagement. Jenna was born in Vancouver, BC on Coast Salish land, has Great British and Polish/Ukrainian roots and currently lives with her husband and dog on Secwepemulecw (Shuswap land) in Williams Lake, BC.
Frances is SD 27's Outdoor Education Resource Teacher and a Grade 7 Outdoor Education Teacher. She is working with her students and teachers across the privince to bring the opportunities the new curriculum has created through place based and indigenized learning into her classroom.