Land as Teacher: A Pedagogy of Relationships

Event Description:

Euro-centric worldviews of early years pedagogy describe the “environment as the third teacher” (HDLH, 2014), whereas Indigenous peoples look first to the environment or the Land as Teacher. Here in Anishinaabeg territory, Land teaches us that everything moves in a circle in relationship to the Four Seasons. What happens to our pedagogy if we learn to follow the Land as Teacher?

This webinar explores a land-based pedagogy following the Four Seasons that has been guiding YRNC’s ongoing collaboration with Indigenous communities living in Tkaronto (Toronto), the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, and the Toronto Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) towards making space for all children and families to connect with conservation lands.

This webinar will be broadcast from inside a newly constructed Wigwam (Anishinaabe Bush Home) that is now part of Kortright Centre for Conservation’s Nature School in Vaughan, ON along the Humber River as a way to include as many people as possible in this year’s “physically distanced” Family Adventure Walk on Sunday October 25, 2020.



Gokoomis (Grandmother) Jacque(line) Lavalley, Ojibwe Marten Clan, Shawanaga First Nation, EdD candidate in Social Justice Education, OISE/UT

Oshkaabewis (Helper and Messenger) Hopi Martin, Ojibwe Marten Clan, Lenape/Briton/European, PhD Candidate in Early Years Developmental Psychology and Education, OISE/UT

Dr. Diane Kashin, RECE, Volunteer, York Region Nature Collaborative (YRNC)



Tickets are by donation and can be found here


All ticket donations will be going to Land As Our First Teacher Fund


Recording of the Webinar 

October 25, 2020 at 10:00am - 11:30am
Online Webinar
Jasmine Green · · 647-244-9767

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