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Tuesday, April 11 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Land Based Education- Using Land as Text to enhance curriculum objectives and enhancing First Nations knowledge

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This session will outline and go over The Edwin Parr Composite School Land Based Learning Experience. This program was developed to introduce staff and students to an Indigenous paradigm of learning by engaging students at a deeper level of participation in which they live fully and consciously. The Land Based program is predicated upon a holistic lifestyle approach, utilizing four quadrants to acquire knowledge: physical, spiritual, cognitive and emotional. From opportunities such paddling, survival skills,traditional aboriginal food preparation , tee pee building,First Nation crafts, firearm safety combined with core curriculum classes instructed via cooperative methods; students used the ‘land as text’ as a means for experiential education.


Dianne Jewell

Vice-Principal, Aspen View Public Schools
Dianne Jewell- Assistant Principal Edwin Parr Composite A dedicated educator who was born and raised in the community of Athabasca. Dianne grew up enjoying and participating in outdoor related activities that the picturesque community of Athabasca has to offer. Her educational career started in Junior high and then transferred to our provincially recognized Knowledge and Employability Program and then into a leadership role She is a mother... Read More →

Desmond Nolan

Principal, Aspen View Public Schools
Desmond Nolan is a principal of a grade 8-12 school in the community of Athabasca. His educational career began as a teacher in 2002. Besides teaching in the public system he is an active member of the Alberta Hunter Education Instructors Association teaching many outdoor related courses. Since childhood Des has been an avid outdoorsman. Growing up fishing , hunting, camping and trapping enhanced his love of nature and respect for animals and... Read More →

Tuesday April 11, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm