Canadian Classrooms to Communities Conference Launches Annual Conferences in BC

The BC Classrooms to Communities Network Society co-hosted the 2018 Canadian Environmental Education Conference at the Ktunaxa Nation’s St. Eugene Mission Resort, a former residential school turned resort and conference centre. With the success of the conference, we are now launching an annual provincial Classrooms to Communities Conference that will take place on the weekend over the provincial PSA professional development day in October each year.

The 2018 conference featured over 100 workshops, sessions, field studies, presentations and outdoor learning opportunities. Keynotes included Ktunaxa Hereditary Chief Sophie Pierre, ʔaq̓am Nasuʔkin (Chief) Joe Pierre, Tewa Indigenous Scholar from New Mexico Dr. Gregory Cajete, BC Minister of Education Rob Fleming, Environmental Education Professor Dr. Rick Kool and Ktunaxa Nation Council Chair and BC Climate Solutions and Clean Growth Advisory Council Member, Kathryn Teneese. The spotlight also shone on the music of mountain-inspired band Shred Kelly, and Canada’s premiere environmental education musician, Remy Rodden.

Conference volunteer and local educator, Natasha Burgess, reflected, “I heard so many people say that this was one of the best conferences they had ever been to. It was the perfect mix of information, connection, and fun. When I think about what experiential, place-based learning should look like, talk about ‘walking the talk’ with this conference!”

Conference Indigenous Advisor, Michele Sam, shared that “I was pleased with the feedback, the participation and the content offered by various Ktunaxa people who have been practicing place-based learning for as long as we have been here. Together, we took the opportunity to support learning by doing differently, and surely that investment and energy will support these organizations as they move into their everyday work and planning the next conferences.”

ʔaq̓am Nasuʔkin (Chief) Joe Pierre closed the conference reflecting on pop music lyrics “It’s something unpredictable. But in the end it’s right. I hope you had the time of your life.”

Local conference organizers were delighted by the high level of local support from organizations in the Columbia Basin such as College of the Rockies, Wildsight, Columbia Outdoor School, Columbia Basin Trust, Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program, Kootenay Savings Credit Union, Regional District of East Kootenay, City of Kimberley, St. Eugene Mission Resort, Kootenay Kwik Print and Kicking Horse Coffee. All school districts in the local region were partners in hosting this conference.

Feedback from the 2018 Classrooms to Communities Conference: 

“I can honestly say that I have never been to a conference that in any way stacks up against the incredible event that you pulled off – it was an incredibly powerful and inspiring few days”.  – Participant
 
“I heard so many people say that this was one of the best conferences they had ever been to. It was the perfect mix of information, connection, and fun. When I think about what experiential, place-based learning should look like, talk about ‘walking the talk’ with this conference!” – Volunteer
 
“I struggle to describe to people how magical, transformative, challenging, beautiful, emotional and inspiring it was. Prior to the Classrooms to Communities Conference, I have never previously attended an event where indigenous people and culture were so interwoven.  It was so much more than indigenous strands, content, speakers but so much more authentic. This feels foreign to me and I don’t know how to start but am willing to learn”. – Participant

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Classrooms to Communities Education Network Summer Solstice Celebration

Join us for a guided walking tour of New Westminster’s Pier Park. Formerly a heavy-industrial ‘brownfield’ site, multiple environmental award-winning Pier Park is an exemplar of urban renewal and environmental remediation, providing residents with a shared community space that reflects the City’s important past while acting as a model for sustainable urban development moving forward. Meet at 5:30 at Begbies, or come find us at the park.

June 28, 2018
Judge Begbie’s
609 Columbia Street, New Westminster, BC

5:30-6:30pm Pier Park tour. Meet at Judge Begbie’s or come find us at the park
6:30-9:30pm Success story sharing and school year-end celebration at Judge Begbie’s

Join K-12 educators, post-secondary educators, community partners, collaborators and champions for change at this FREE regional network event:

  • Be inspired by and connect with champions for sustainability and place-based education in British Columbia
    Celebrate and share key ingredients for success
    Learn about new ideas, curriculum opportunities and professional development events
    Enjoy a selection of hors d’oeuvres and beverages

RSVP NOW!
Event Co-Hosts:

BC Environmental Educators’ Provincial Specialist Association (EEPSA)
Metro Vancouver School & Youth Leadership Programs
Science World
WildBC & Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF)

Enter to win! STAN Conference April 11-12

The STAN (Science & Technology Awareness Network) Conference is coming to TELUS World of Scienceon April 11th and 12th!

We are giving away 2 FREE registrations to the conference! Simply tweet @C2C_BC telling us why you’d like to attend the conference and tag @stan_rsst. Deadline is 11:00pm on Monday, April 2nd!

To meet the challenges and opportunities of our rapidly changing world, the next generation of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Design, and Mathematics) leaders and innovators must harness the full spectrum of available resources. Only through collaboration across cultures, disciplines, sectors, regions and gender can we collectively support skill development for all Canadians. The 2018 STAN Conference will explore how STEAM teaching and learning is evolving and emphasize the importance of collaboration. Click here for more information and to register.

Curriculum Implementation Workshop, February 23, 2018

The Classrooms to Communities (C2C) workshop will take place in Cranbrook and Fernie. This is an opportunity to help inspire, support and enhance the ongoing and evolving work of K-12 teachers in British Columbia School Communities to integrate Place-based Education as best practice. It is an invitation for school district staff and community partners to learn, share, connect and collaborate together to support Place-based Learning. This workshop is a collaboration between the East Kootenay Environmental Educators Provincial Specialist Association (EKEEPSA), the Kootenay-Boundary Environmental Education Initiative (KBEE) and the Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network (CBEEN).

For more information go to www.cbeen.org/workshops

C2C Winter Solstice Celebration | December 21, 2017

Join K-12 educators, post-secondary educators, community partners, collaborators and champions for change at this FREE regional network event:

  • Be inspired by and connect with champions for sustainability and place-based education in British Columbia
  • Celebrate and share key ingredients for success
  • Learn about new ideas, curriculum opportunities and professional development events
  • Enjoy a selection of hors d’oeuvres and beverages

6:00 PM – 9:30 PM PST

Thursday, 21 December 2017

at

TELUS World of Science

1455 Quebec Street

Vancouver, BC

 

Hosted by the Classrooms to Communities (C2C) Education Network Society.

Event Sponsors: 

BC Environmental Educators’ Provincial Specialist Association (EEPSA)
Metro Vancouver School & Youth Leadership Programs
Science World
WildBC & Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF)

Register now!