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Call for Proposals is now open!

We are pleased to invite proposals for the EECOM 2018 Classrooms to Communities Conference. This will take place October 18-21 at St. Eugene Mission Resort near Cranbrook, BC. Please note that these all close on March 30, 2018.

Conference Sessions & Workshops

We invite proposals for presentations, sessions, workshops, outdoor learning opportunities and other facilitated learning opportunities. These will occur during the day on October 19 and in the morning on October 20.

Place-based Field Studies

Local organizations (from SE BC) that are involved in environmental education are invited to submit a proposal to take conference participants on a place-based learning excursion on the afternoon of October 20.

Pre-Conference Research Roundtable

You are invited to share your research about Environmental and Sustainability Education in Teacher Education (ESE-TE) as part of a pre-conference session on the afternoon of Thursday, October 18.

PLEASE NOTE: All those that submit a proposal will receive notification on the success their proposal by April 15. Those whose proposals are accepted will be able to register for the full conference at a reduced rate (~$275) from May 1 – May 15 in advance of general registration. This will be approximately $100 less than regular registration, and will include all sessions and excursions, a full meal package, and an EECOM annual membership.

Save the Date: October 18-21, 2018

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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 are taking responsibility to do so.

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.

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. We are working in partnership with the local Ktunaxa 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.