在“KOH学习在我们的水域” is a UNBC-SD91 partnered project founded on the benefits of learners, educators and partners learning together about ‘Koh’ – a word for waterway in dakelh. This project builds on a long-standing partnership between SD 91 and UNBC. Initiated in 2019, the KOH学习在我们的水域 project involves SD 91 students, teachers, administrators, the Aboriginal Education Council of SD 91, community partners and interdisciplinary researchers. This experiential (i.e., hands-on, practical), nature- and place-based program of integrative learning within watersheds is designed to support commitments to 第一人民学习的原则 包含 连通，相互关系和位置感. Learning is oriented toward broader systems change that enhances student success and life-long learning. This project focuses on 教育系统改造 nested within community and watershed contexts. As a systems-change initiative, KOH学习 fuels Indigenous & non-Indigenous youth to become informed and connected stewards and change agents for the well-being of their environments and communities, who are then empowered to influence decisions and processes affecting their futures.
目标1。 Students who are informed stewards of their local environments
目标1。We are working to enhance student opportunities for authentic place-based learning and stewardship initiatives through waterways monitoring efforts and extensions thereof.
An emphasis on waterways was chosen for its potential to change how students think about their local environments via the three program components:
- students to take notice of and connect to their local environment,
- students engage with traditional knowledge and structured protocols to ask and answer questions about the health of their local environment,
- students devise plans for stewarding their local environment, ranging from presenting to local governments, entering data for long-term monitoring, actively engaging with local restoration initiatives and advocating for improvements.
试点阶段 KOH学习在我们的水域 项目已显示出这些努力的潜力 环境的重构学生的观点 and shift how teachers and learners enter into new learning opportunities. Our initial focus will be on STEM-related activities, but our long-term goal is 寻找跨学科的连接和应用程序.
Currently, we are using a range of tools to explore waterways in the SD 91 region. In Vanderhoof for example, students and teachers are learning together about the ecology of local streams using the 太平洋streamkeepers protocols. While being outside, students can learn some of the principles of chemistry, physics, and math while they are also learning about stream ecology.
目标2。 学生扩展影响力和 连接 整个社会阶层
目标2。 We are working to create and support processes for students to connect, engage, and learn with other KOH学习 partners
该 KOH学习在我们的水域 program follows a seasonal flow guided by the Seasonal Rounds as described by 利昂娜王子. At various times during the season we bring students and educators together with community organizations, First Nations groups, and local governments, in order for students to connect, engage, and learn from each other and from other KOH学习在我们的水域 partners. By fostering a reciprocal relationship between students 和se other groups, we anticipate that KOH学习 activities will increasingly reflect as well as shape community interests. We foresee that this will help students grow further into becoming 活跃的贡献者 within their community networks and empowering them to play a role in the well-being of their community, as well as fostering 连接 to peers, mentors, Elders, and role models.
Our first KOH学习在我们的水域 gathering was in Vanderhoof in February 2020. Here students and teachers came together to share some of their experiences that they gained during the course of the school year, as well as learning about efforts community partners are making to improve overall health of our environment and community. We were very honoured to have Sai'kuz First Nation Councillor Jasmine Thomas (right) speak to the group about the yinka沙地“uzah'ne地表水管理政策 这saik'uz还采用了.
目标3。 Students who are empowered change-makers within and beyond their own systems
目标3。 的一个重要方面 KOH学习在我们的水域 program is to enhance opportunities for student-led initiatives and activities in and beyond the school system.
苏梅学习计划的重要组成部分，是 enhance opportunities for students to bring their voices into the processes of environmental decision-making. In partnership with other research and community partners, we are trying to open doors to spaces not typically attended by high school-aged students such as conferences, forums, and stakeholder meetings such as the nechako流域圆桌会议。该 KOH学习在我们的水域 程序也与诸如其他倡议联 未来的继承者 和 环境社区卫生天文台（回声） 网络 which are fostering youth engagement in community and service planning and decision-making. Students from all 4 main schools (Fraser Lake, Burns Lake, Vanderhoof, and Fort St. James) have attended one (or more of events) associated with these projects.