VIU’s Aboriginal Outdoor Classroom

Vancouver Island University

At Vancouver Island University (VIU), members of the Outdoor Education Committee are aiming to create an Aboriginal outdoor classroom on campus where students will learn to become responsible stewards of their environment by becoming familiar with nature and developing the attitudes, values, and skills necessary to participate in resource stewardship.

The Outdoor Classroom revolves around an interdisciplinary approach infused into a variety of subject areas and is open to the VIU community as well as the community at large. It is a foundational curriculum resource that will take advantage of the unique features and setting of the outdoor environment.

This is an opportunity to recognize in a highly visible way that the university is situated on traditional Snuneymuxw territory. Ultimately, the outdoor classroom will become a symbol of the Snuneymuxw First Nation welcoming all students of all nations. This outdoor classroom will exemplify the commitment the university extends to Aboriginal students and their learning. By featuring local aboriginal artwork and indigenous plant species, this space will become a gathering place where all students are inspired to grow their knowledge.

 

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