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  • Sunday, April 26, 2020 at 08:30 AM
    Kortright Centre for Conservation in Vaughan, ON, Canada

    Land as Our First Teacher: Establishing and Maintaining Relationships

     Sunday, April 26, 2020 - Tickets now on Sale!

    8:30 am to 4:30 pm

    Listening to Land as Teacher: Renewing Relationships in Spring

    Spring is the time to remember our relationships with the Land and Community!

    Come early to join Gokoomis Jacque Lavalley for Sunrise Ceremony and sit by the Sacred Fire with Johnny Moore. Dance with Jingle Dress Dancer Brianna Olson and hear the heartbeat of Mother Earth in Toronto Council Fire’s Big Drum! Walk for the Water with Grandmother Vivian Recollet and plant Native Medicines with Isaac Crosby. There will be Land-based Cooking with Candace’s Catering, a Drum Circle with The Indigenous Network, Land-based play with Noojmowin Teg Health Centre, and talks about Land-based Early Learning with Hopi Martin in our new Bush Play Centre. Come bring your whole family to listen, play, and participate in this full day of learning!

    Tickets: *$80 for adults, $20 for children

    *(free for Indigenous Families and Children - please email Jasmine at 

    Proceeds go to funding future events and Land as Teacher Fund! 


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    Timing for the day

    7:30 am - Sunrise Ceremony and Sacred Fire (optional)

    8:30 am - Registration and light breakfast

    9:15 am - Jingle Dress Dance, All Nations Dance and Big Drum

    11:30 am - Lunch

    12:15 pm - Variety of different learning experiences

    3:30- Closing Circle


    Thank you to those who will be sharing their knowledge as part of this day of learning.



    This community initiative is proudly sponsored by York Child Development & Family Services Inc. (YCD) through the Bev Bernier PD fund. 

    Read our Conference Report from last year! 

  • Saturday, May 30, 2020 at 08:30 AM
    Lake St. George Field Centre

    Interactive Encounters

    Interactive Encounters: The Forest through the Lens of 100 Languages - Inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach. 

    Dr. Diane Kashin, RECE and Rosalba Bortolotti, RECE

    What does the forest offer? Join us at Lake St. George located on a 120-hectare site on the ecologically significant Oak Ridges Moraine, just east of Bayview Avenue in Richmond Hill. This site which has a beautiful kettle lake is the headwaters of the east branch of the Humber River. It features mixed woodlands, open meadows, reforested areas, wetlands that possess abundant fish and wildlife populations. Lake St. George also offers a “Bush Early Learning Centre” where you will gather to explore invitations set up in the forest that will invite thinking deeply about Reggio-inspired practice in your own contexts. Framing our day will be the four foundations of learning from How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years – well-being, engagement, belonging and expression. We will consider these and how they connect to learning in the forest. All proceeds from this day will go to the Land as First Teacher Fund designed to make conservation lands accessible to urban Indigenous children and their families by helping with transportation costs, honorariums for Elders and Knowledge Keepers, and other material costs that support Land-based Indigenous Education


    8:30 to 9:00                 Breakfast 

    9:00 to 9:30                 What is the sound of the Land? The pedagogy of listening

    9:30 to 10:00               Introduction to the Reggio Emilia Approach 

    10:00 to 10:15             Refreshments and break

    10:15 to 11:15             Exploring invitations in the forest

    11:15 to 12:00             Finding treasures in the forest

    12:00 to 12:30             Co-creating art from the Land – Giving back to the Land

    12:30 to 1:00               Closing circle around the fire

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