OCCP is working with school teachers and administrators, the Faculty of Education UBC Okanagan, Wildrose Native Traditions, and the Okanagan Wise Water Program to develop resources and materials that will assist teachers in leading environmental lessons that support the new B.C. Curriculum. The lesson plans will incorporate an Okanagan perspective for species at risk, ecosystems, and Indigenous Traditional Knowledge.


Professional Development Day events were hosted over the summer and will continue to be hosted annually to introduce the resources to local teachers. In addition, a guidebook on how to build outdoor learning spaces was developed, providing a blueprint for schools to build outdoor learning spaces on school grounds. Outdoor learning spaces can include wetlands, grasslands, and pollinator gardens.


Over the course of the summer and fall season OCCP and Pamela Barnes and Wildrose Native Traditions, hosted a series of professional development workshop with local teachers throughout the Okanagan. The workshops provided hands on opportunities for teachers to explore and deepen their understanding of Indigenous values and teachings as well as outdoor education.


The workshops provided an introduction to syilx language, Indigenous traditional worldview, and the syilx people's deeply rooted relationship with the water and natural world. Syilx people have a deeply rooted responsibility to care for the water, land, and natural resources.

 

Additionally, teachers were given the opportunity to experience Indigenous traditional foods, and explore activities and resources. Teachers were also provided with native grassland seeds and resources to begin planting outdoor learning spaces at their schools.