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From coast to coast to coast, over 300 educators will have the opportunity to gather to learn, share and connect at this made-in-Canada environmental education conference.

The theme for the 2018 Conference is Classrooms to Communities (C2C) which envisions learners and educators being deeply connected to place, community and planet, able to effectively communicate their stories of connectedness, and taking responsibility to do so.

This conference is for everyone involved in environmental education – after all, our classrooms are our communities and our communities are our classrooms…and we are all learners!

 

PURPOSE

The theme for the 2018 Conference is Classrooms to Communities (C2C) which envisions learners and educators being deeply connected to place, community and planet, able to effectively communicate their stories of connectedness, and taking responsibility to do so.

The purpose of Classrooms to Communities is:

  1. To promote leadership and mentorship capacity for place-based education and environmental literacy;
  2. To effectively communicate success stories of place-based education as teaching and learning;
  3. To support the ongoing and evolving work of educators and community partners to integrate place-based education as best practice;
  4. To build greater capacity and collaboration as a network of place-based education leaders/mentors, including teachers, schools, school districts, community organizations, associations of teachers and other place-based partners.

PLACE

This conference is intentionally taking place at St. Eugene Mission Resort, the site of a former residential school that is now owned and operated by the Ktunaxa First Nation as a vehicle for education, reconciliation and economic development. 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”. Nestled in the Rocky Mountain Trench adjacent to the St. Mary’s River lies Saint Eugene. This resort won the 2009 B.C. Aboriginal Tourism Conservation Award and the 2011 CGSA Environmental Achievement Award, and their golf course is certified under the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program. This certification ensures the enhancement of the local natural areas and wildlife habitats, improves efficiency, and minimizes potentially harmful impacts of golf course operations.

PRINCIPLES

1) Sustainability
We will model sustainability following the EECOM Green Conference Guidelines.

2) Best Learning Practices
We will model best learning practices by using best practice learning methodology including outdoor, experiential, place-based and inquiry-based learning.

3) First Nations
Eugene Mission Resort is in the ʔaq’am Community (St. Mary’s Band) and is owned by the Ktunaxa Nation. Making intentional and meaningful connections with the First Nations community is foundational to this conference.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS

Submit a session, workshop, place-based experience or research presentation. Closes March 30.

 

SCHEDULE

Click here for an overview of the conference.

 

PLACE

Click here for more information on the local place.

 

KEY DATES

February 15 Call for Proposals opens
March 30 Call for Proposals closes
April 15  Notification of success of proposals
May 1 – 15 Partner/Presenter Registration
May 15 – June 30 Early Bird Registration
October 18 @ 7:00pm Conference Opens
October 21 @ 11:30am Conference Closes

 

PARTNERS & SUPPORTERS

Click here for the list of partners and supporters who are collaborating to bring EECOM 2018 to life.