12 May 2021
Knowing this, Indigenous land-based educators and knowledge keepers and the schools, organizations and communities they are associated with were faced with the question, How can we safely continue to provide land-based learning and cultural programming to our youth during the pandemic? This report presents findings from a survey of Indigenous land-based educators and knowledge keepers in Canada th. [...] As elsewhere in Canada, responses to the pandemic in their communities or regions have focused on mitigating or minimizing risk of exposure to and transmission of COVID-19. [...] They noted that many of their students have felt stressed and anxious during the pandemic, and some pointed to youth and children who are in the care of child and family services, or who are 2SLGBTQI+ (two groups that, as adults, are overrepresented in the population experiencing homelessness) as particularly vulnerable. [...] One walks with their students through their community, observing the impacts of changes in the weather or seasons on the landscape, adopting and caring for a treeing, or looking for the nests of animals. [...] In addition to a discussion of workarounds and practice adaptations shared in the survey by land-based educators, the report includes a curated list of webinars, videos, podcasts, toolkits, teaching materials and other resources related to Indigenous land- based education, including resources specifically related to the impacts of COVID-19 on Indigenous land-based education.