Free webinars on Indigenous education topics

Mother Earth Mentoring Program

May 26 2014
Topic: School-based Strategy
Grade: Grades K-3, Grades 4-6

Description:

This webinar includes a discussion of the Mother Earth Mentoring Program – a unique program to Waabgon Gamig First Nation School, Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation. It is a cross curricular program that has students out on the land learning naturalist skills and developing nature awareness, while integrating big ideas from the Ontario curriculum and First Nations’ knowledge and perspectives. The program runs through the academic year, from September until June.

Themes from MEM flow throughout the curriculum and are drawn primarily from the Science and Social Studies curriculum, while being further expanded on in Literacy, Visual and Cultural Arts and Native Language. The program links to the natural cycles and harnesses the energy of the students, while building on their current interests as the island welcomes each season. Successes, challenges, next steps, and how to go about developing your own unique program will be part of this conversation.

Participants will learn…

  • Simple, easy ways to begin to take their students outside
  • How to use these activities to integrate the curriculum
  • Effective ways to build a deep nature connection in their students
  • Authentic integration of Anishinaabemowin and First Nations’ perspectives in day to day teaching and learning practices.

Part 2 – A conversation with webinar guest hosts. They discuss the Mother Earth Mentoring Program – a unique program to Waabgon Gamig First Nation School, Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation. It is a cross curricular program that has students out on the land learning naturalist skills and developing nature awareness, while integrating big ideas from the Ontario curriculum and First Nations’ knowledge and perspectives.

Presenters: Gina Marucci, an educator of 9 years, Jodi Johnston, who has worked in various education roles over the past 7 years and Skeet Sutherland, the founder, program director and lead instructor of Sticks and Stones Wilderness School.



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