CBEEN Honours Orange Shirt Day

Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network (CBEEN) have gathered Indigenous learning resources in advance of Orange Shirt Day, September 30th. Thank you to CBEEN for gathering these resources and sharing them with the BCPVPA and our members. 

CBEEN, in partnership with GreenLearning Canada and Wildsight, have added two new Indigenous Learning resources for elementary students: Sila and the Land and The Heart of a River.

In partnership with Strong Nations, CBEEN are now offering a learning resource for secondary students and a Strong Stories Bundle, a collection of 48 books that share Indigenous stories and knowledge. 

BC Ministry of Education News

Virtual Truth and Reconciliation Week (Sept 27-Oct 1): 

The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation is hosting a free five-day virtual event to continue the conversations from Every Child Matters. Open to all Canadian schools for youth grades 5-12, this event will provide historical workshops, exclusive video content and activities for students, supported by artistic and cultural performances by First Nations, Métis and Inuit artists. Districts are encouraged to reach out to the local Nations to collaborate and plan in preparation for this week and Orange Shirt Day.

Reminder – Half-Masting Protocols:

As the September 30 National Day for Truth and Reconciliation approaches, school districts are reminded that they have the autonomy to follow their own policies with regard to flags. Districts wishing to lower, or keep their flags lowered, to half-mast are entitled to do so subject to the School Regulation. In the event the Province provides direction on half-masting for government buildings, the Ministry will relay this information to school districts in case they would like to follow the same approach.

Read the Deputy Minister's Bulletins

2021 Canadian Outdoor Learning Free Fall Virtual Workshop Series

A series from Take Me Outside, and our Canadian Outdoor Learning Partners!

Outdoor Learning in the Early Years
Thursday, October 14 at 4pm PST | 7pm EST

Play is the best way children learn in the early years and the best place for play is outdoors! Following the lead of the children and supporting them with the time, space, materials and permission is our role as adults. What does that really look like? We will explore this together and you will come away with practical ideas and resources to support outdoor play in the early years.

Christina Pickles has been connecting people of all ages with the natural world for 20 years in the badlands, forests, streams and streets. For the past 7 years she has focused on outdoor play in the early years and now believes that it is the best way children connect with nature, their communities, their bodies and each other.


Professional Development Workshop for Teachers Teaching Aviation

October 22, 2021 (BC Provincial Professional Development Day)
Location: Langley Regional Airport and/or virtual

Who should attend: Teachers, administrators and career advisors / support staff who are teaching aviation, or who want to contribute to the conversation about teaching aviation, or who are supporting students as they pursue learning about aviation.

The day will begin with a keynote address from Cathy Press, CEO and Owner of Chinook Helicopters, Chief Pilot, Airline Transport Pilot (Helicopter & Aeroplane), and most recently the recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Technology degree from the University of the Fraser Valley. Panel discussions (industry leaders, training institutions, and career seekers), curriculum collaboration and sharing, and some hands-on STEM will be included. We hope to be able to include some airport facilities tours but this will depend on COVID protocols in place on the date.



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