EECOM 2018

Classrooms to Communities (C2C)

October 18-21, 2018, St. Eugene Mission Resort, ʔaq’am Community, Ktunaxa Nation, near Cranbrook, British Columbia

From C2C, over 300 educators will gather to learn, share and connect at this made-in-Canada environmental education conference. EECOM 2018 will be hosted as a partnership between EECOM, the Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network (CBEEN), the BC Environmental Educators Provincial Specialist Association (EEPSA) with the support of the BC Classrooms to Communities (C2C) Network. Located just five minutes from the Canadian Rockies International Airport, we welcome you to join us on the warmer side of the Canadian Rockies.

This conference is intentionally taking place at St. Eugene Mission Resort, the site of a former residential school. The local First Nations have used this building as a vehicle for reconciliation. As Elder Mary Paul said, “It is said that, since it was within the St. Eugene Mission that the culture of the Kootenay Indian was taken away, it should be within that building that it is returned”. We are working in partnership with the local First Nation community to find ways for conference participants to learn about this reconciliation process, and for the conference to incorporate First Peoples Principles of Learning. You can click here to read more about the history of the building and resort, and here to read more about the local First Nation.

Guiding Principles:

  • We will model sustainability following the EECOM Green Conference Guidelines.
  • We will model best learning practices by using best practice learning methodology including open space, place-based, inquiry-based and First Peoples Principles of Learning.
  • St. Eugene Mission Resort is in the ʔaq’am Community (St. Mary’s Band) on Ktunaxa Nation territory and we will seek authentic partnership opportunities with local First Nations as a foundational part of the conference.