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Land-based learning pilot project a blueprint for other schools – CBC

by ahnationtalk on March 27, 202092 Views

The work between Biitigong Nishnaabeg and Lakehead University could benefit other schools beyond First Nations

Mar 27, 2020

When Biitigong Nishnaabeg, a northwestern Ontario First Nation located about 320 kilometres east of Thunder Bay, Ont., started moving towards more land-based curriculum for its students it came with the realization that the community also needed to train its teachers. The First Nation collaborated with Lakehead University to develop a master’s level course that takes students on the land to learn.

The first cohort of students in the pilot, mainly teachers at the elementary school in Biitigong, spent a weekend, in September 2019, learning how to harvest wild rice.

Lisa Michano-Courchene is the Education Director in the community, previously known as the Ojibways of the Pic River First Nation.

She says beyond other First Nations developing a similar course for their own communities, land-based learning could benefit other school systems.

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