Thank you for your yearlong support for our 2021 webinar series: Embracing the Shift: Sharing Our Pandemic Stories of Connecting to Land and Children’s Natural Curiosity. In 2020, we brought you Natural Curiosity in the New Normal, a four-part conversation about getting outside and staying outside amid COVID-19. We highlighted an Indigenous lens on the current crisis in education, and invited educators to slow down and embrace the natural world as co-teacher. In our continuing series, we built on these foundational ideas, with more educator stories to further unpack the principles and practices laid out in Natural Curiosity 2nd Edition.
NEW: we are offering a certificate of participation to educators who have attended four or more webinars in this series!
About this event
We are excited to announce the finale of our Embracing the Shift webinar series is happening on Thursday, June 17th, 7:00 - 8:30PM (EDT) featuring Joe Pitawanakwat (Creators Garden) and Doug Anderson (Co-Author of Natural Curiosity). Joe is a native plant and Indigenous medicine expert who, in conversation with Doug, will teach us about the importance of holding relationship with the land and knowing our more-than-human relatives, while making connections between traditional knowledge and western science.
We are once again accepting limited registrations on a first-come-first-serve basis. To increase access we have set contributions on a sliding scale: $5 to $50. At least 50% of the proceeds from this event will be donated to Creators Garden to further support their work in land-based education. Natural Curiosity is a 100% donor-funded program – thank you for supporting our program sustainability. All proceeds from our webinar series help fund our facilitators for their time and work, and the creation of more Natural Curiosity professional learning opportunities. A recording of the webinar will be made available to all registrants following the event.
Joseph Pitawanakwat, Founder and Director, Creators Garden
Joseph Pitawanakwat is Ojibway from Wiikwemkoong, married with one daughter. He is the Founder & Director of Creators Garden, an Indigenous outdoor, and now online, education based business, focused on plant identification, beyond-sustainable harvesting, and teaching every one of their linguistic, historical, cultural, edible, ecological and medicinal significance through experiences. His lectures and intensive programming are easily adaptable to make appropriate and have been successfully delivered to a variety of organizations. Including over 100 first nations communities, 20 Universities and 12 colleges and dozens of various institutions throughout Canada and the United States and beyond. He is currently a Masters Student in the MES program at York University, but has learned from hundreds of traditional knowledge holders and is uniquely blending and reinforcing it with an array of western sciences.
Doug Anderson, Co-Author of Natural Curiosity 2nd Edition
Doug Anderson is Métis (Bungee). His family is originally from Reedy Creek and Kinesota, Manitoba, and BC, and he grew up in Ontario. He has been the Creative and Strategic Director at Invert Media since 2003 and has consulted on Indigenous education and program development across Canada for over 25 years. Since 2001, he has been devoted to research and writing on Indigenous histories and cultures, translating them to contemporary education systems and media. Since 2010, his focus has been on learning in the land, mostly in the city. He enjoys designing new ethical platforms for Indigenous knowledge, and is committed to supporting the preservation of these forms of knowledge as models for thinking and problem solving in the 21st century. Doug worked at both the government and community levels for many years in the development, delivery and evaluation of learning programs, and has many years of front line experience in building learning and training opportunities for community members of all ages and levels of learning.