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Climate change is one of the biggest global challenges, which is why it’s so important to prepare the next generation of citizens and conservation leaders with the knowledge, skills and motivation to take an active role in working toward a more sustainable future. Canada has committed to climate action, with all provinces and territories recognizing the importance of climate change education in schools. However, a recent survey showed that “only 34% of educators feel they have the knowledge and skills…
By James Thordarson, Coordinator, Forest Education One of the best parts of my job is spending time with dedicated educators. So, I was excited to lead the first official Project Learning Tree (PLT) educator training in Canada on October 24, 2022. We worked with I.R. Churchill Elementary School with Lac des Mille Lacs Education Centre to coordinate and host the training session for about 20 educators. The elementary school serves 160 students from K‑8 within the Thunder Bay area. Nature-based…
September 26–30, 2022 is Truth and Reconciliation Week, and September 30 is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. It is also Orange Shirt Day, an initiative started by residential school survivor Phyllis Webstad, Northern Secwepemc (Shuswap) from the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation, to raise awareness of residential schools and spread the message that every child matters. The theme for Truth and Reconciliation Week 2022 is “Remembering the Children.” In Canada, for more than 160 years, Indigenous children were taken…
By Ezra Mecham My name is Sinuklhm or Ezra Mecham, of the Nuxalk Nation. My lineage descends from the village of Nusq’lst, and I was born and raised in the Bella Coola valley, heart of the Nuxalk Nation. My home, Bella Coola, is located deep within the inlets of the remote Central Coast Regional District of British Columbia. Bella Coola is a relatively small town of about 2,000 people, the majority of whom are Indigenous. There is one road in…
By Jonathan Gichuru Increasing forest cover across the world is among the most cost-effective and efficient ways to mitigate the effects of climate change, which is a threat to a sustainable future. As a young professional, I’m motivated to be involved in bringing new perspectives and thoughts to the table that inspire natural resource conservation and contribute to mitigating climate change and achieving other sustainable development goals (SDGs). But deciding which niche to specialize in can be nerve wracking—especially with…
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