An Indigenous Learning Opportunity running from October to May annually.

Each year – or Season – builds on the next…

Parent page for season one with all standard recurring info. Reg page could be minimal – only reg info and any any info specific to the current year.

Season 1

Foundations of Knowledge

Season 1: Foundations of Knowledge

Registration for the 2023-2024 course is now closed

Our intention is to open registration for all seasons of learning again in Spring, 2024. You can sign-up for our updates to be notified when registration is open, and contact info@outdoorlearning.com with any questions.

Includes:

  • 10 Reconciliation Education Learning Modules: ~30 mins of Learning / Month (see list of modules below)
  • A Certificate of Completion issued by the First Nations University of Canada upon completion of all 10 modules
  • 10 Opportunities to Gather Virtually with Indigenous Leaders, Elders and Educators (see bios below)
  • Access to all of the Presentation Recordings
  • A Certificate of Attendance upon watching live or recorded versions of all 10 virtual gatherings (10 learning hours)
  • $25 towards excellent Indigenous Learning Resources
  • Access to a Learning Community to learn, share and connect with

Group / Organization Registration: 10% off for groups of 10 or more using this discount code at checkout: 4seasons10  Groups can register online through our regular registration process, or you can submit this spreadsheet or a Purchase Order to info@outdoorlearning.com. Please include First Name, Last Name and Email of each registrant.

Please Note:

  • This is the same learning opportunity as Every Child Matters – 4 Seasons of Reconciliation. We have just updated the naming to better reflect the learning. So if you have taken this learning, we invite you to register for Season 2: Learning from the Land.
  • While the content of the modules in Season 1 is specific to Canada, it is transferable across Turtle Island (North America). Alternatively, for those outside of Canada, you can access just the Resources, Presentations and Support.

The Journey: October, 2024 – May, 2025

Registrants in all 4 Seasons (years) will be able to access:

One section of online learning released each season (October, January, April) for about 5 hours of total learning (plus opportunities for extending learning)

The opportunity to gather virtually each month with all participants to hear from an Indigenous Leader, Educator or Elder.

Receive $25 towards accessing excellent Indigenous Learning Resources offered in partnership with Indigenous authors, artists and partners.

Earn a Certificate of Completion for the modules and a Certificate of Attendance for watching all of the presentations (live or recorded).

Connect with a Community of Educators from across Turtle Island who can learn, share and connect on this learning journey together.

Participate

Register for just the Presentations, Resources & Support

Don’t have time to do the learning modules? From outside of Canada where the Season 1 Learning is focused?

Registration for the 2023-2024 course is now closed

Our intention is to open registration for all seasons of learning again in Spring, 2024. You can sign-up for our updates to be notified when registration is open, and contact info@outdoorlearning.com with any questions.

Includes: 

  • 10 Opportunities to Gather Virtually with Indigenous Leaders, Elders and Educators (see bios below)
  • Access to all of the Recordings
  • A Certificate of Attendance upon watching live or recorded versions of all 10 virtual gatherings (10 learning hours)
  • 10% off excellent Indigenous Learning Resources
  • Access to a Learning Community to learn, share and connect with

Group / Organization Registration: 10% off for groups of 10 or more using this discount code at checkout: 4seasons10  Groups can register online through our regular registration process, or you can submit this spreadsheet or a Purchase Order to info@outdoorlearning.com. Please include First Name, Last Name and Email of each registrant.

Indigenous Presenters for Monthly Virtual Gatherings

All participants will come together at these Virtual Gatherings.
These will be held on Thursdays at 4pm Pacific Time / 7pm Eastern Time and will be, on average, 60 minutes in length.
These will be recorded and the recordings will be made available for all participants in the event you are unable to make them.
We will offer a Certificate of Attendance (10 Learning Hours) for everyone who watches all 10 (either live, or the recording).
Doug Anderson

October 26, 2023

Doug is Bungee (Scottish Métis, Manitoba), and lives in Toronto, where he has worked for 30 years as an educator and author supporting people of all ages and levels of learning. He is committed to helping preserve Indigenous knowledge within Indigenous communities, and to ethically facing this knowledge on its own terms into diverse urban contexts.

Doug teaches at the University of Toronto and with elementary schools in the land.  He is co-contributor to the Indigenous Lens on Natural Curiosity: The Importance of Indigenous Perspectives on Children’s Environmental Inquiry.

Kevin Lamoureux

November 16, 2023

Kevin Lamoureux is an award-winning Indigenous scholar and well-known public speaker. He has published several, has written many academic articles, and has taught for several universities, colleges and institutions. He formerly served as Education Lead for the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

Lamoureux has been seen on TV, in the media, documentaries, and is a three-time TEDx speaker. He has consulted for business, government, schools and other organizations.

Bonnie Harvey

Nov 30, 2023

Bonnie is a proud Ktunaxa woman that loves her family, friends and community. Bonnie is committed to being a lifelong learner of her ancestors’ isolate sounds and the Ktunaxa way of being and knowing.

As a story sharer Bonnie has travelled all over ʔamakʔis Ktunaxa and beyond to share her knowledge and love through legends.

Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer

January 11, 2024

Robin Wall Kimmerer is a mother, scientist, decorated professor, and enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. She is the author of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants (now adapted for young adults).

She lives in Syracuse, New York, where she is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology, and the founder and director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment.

Smokii Sumac

February 8, 2024

Smokii is an Indigenous poet and PhD Candidate in Indigenous Studies at Trent University, where his work centers on the question: how do we come home? His first poetry collection, you are enough: love poems for the end of the world, won an Indigenous Voices Award for published poetry.

As an Indigenous adoptee, intergenerational residential school survivor, and two-spirit person, Smokii’s lived experiences are deeply embedded into his art and research.

Ariana Roundpoint

March 7, 2024

Ariana is wolf clan of the Kanien’kehakah people, born and raised in Akwesasne. She has a strong passion for culture revitalization, important work that is needed in order to protect Indigenous knowledge and ways of life for the upcoming generations.

Ariana is the co-author of Sila and the Land, the story of a young Inuk girl who goes on a journey that teaches her about the importance of the land and her responsibilities to protect it for future generations.

Dr. Christopher Horsethief

April 18, 2024

Christopher is an Indigenous organizational theorist that leads language revitalization efforts by incorporating proven second language acquisition strategies into the perpetuation of ancient languages.

His app development, governance consulting work, and leadership endeavors combine key constituents of his education, offering new strategies for old problems.

Dr. Niigaanwewidam (Niigaan) James Sinclair

May 23, 2024

Niiggan is Anishinaabe and an Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba. He is a regular commentator on Indigenous issues and is the co-editor of the award-winning Manitowapow: Aboriginal Writings from the Land of Water and Centering Anishinaabeg Studies: Understanding the World Through Stories.

Niigan obtained an MA in Native- and African-American literatures at the University of Oklahoma, and a PhD in First Nations and American Literatures from the University of British Columbia.

Nasuʔkin (Chief) Joe Pierre

June 6, 2024

Joe was elected to the position as the Chief for the ʔaq̓am Community in 2016. Nasuʔkin Joe previously served on ʔaq̓am Council as a councillor and brings with him that experience, as well as vast cultural knowledge and story telling.

Joe also serves as the ​Indigenous Education Coordinator for the Southeast Kootenay School District and sits on the First Nations Education Steering Committee.

Sophie Pierre

June 6, 2024

Sophie is a residential school survivor and accomplished Indigenous leader. Sophie is the former Nasuʔkin (Chief) of ʔaq̓am, was appointed Chief Commissioner of the BC Treaty Commission and was awarded with the Order of Canada. She previously sat as the co-chair of the International Advisory Committee to the Indigenous Nations Institute for Leadership, Management, and Policy of the University of Arizona.

She now spends her time as an elder adviser to her community and to the Ktunaxa Nation.

Jenna Jasek
Indigenous Learning Facilitator

Indigenous Advisor, Educator, and Lover of Land-based Learning

Jenna is a certified teacher, and has been an Indigenous Advisor with us for several years, and helped to launch The Outdoor Learning Store. She is on a learning expedition which involves her culture, traditional teachings, languages and Knowledge of nature.

Jenna believes Indigenous perspectives connect effortlessly with outdoor, hands-on and place-based learning. Her goal is to provide students opportunities to explore, learn and immerse themselves in the outdoors and outdoor education alongside Indigenous perspectives and Knowledge.

Jenna lives at the headwaters of the Columbia River which runs through and is the unceded territories of her ancestors, the Secwépemc and Ktunaxa people.

Partners in this initiative include:

Outdoor Learning Store

2) LaRae Wiley

Presentation Date: October 24, 2024

Sn̓ʕay̓čkstx (Arrow Lakes Band) and a member of the Colville Confederated Tribes, LaRae is the is the Executive Director and founder of Salish School of Spokane.

l2) Sherrelle Anderson

Presentation Date: May 22, 2025

A member of the Saddle Lake First Nation who is a Social Worker with a focus on Indigenous wellness.

II) Launa Payne

Presentation Date: May 22, 2025

A member of Douglas First Nation and an Indigenous Educator with Rise Up Indigenous Wellness with a focus on outdoor education.

9) Micaela Iron Shell-Dominguez

Presentation Date: May 1, 2025

A Sicangu Lakota, Apache, and Xicana woman who co-founded the International Indigenous Youth Council.

I0) Renée Chacon

Presentation Date: May 1, 2025

Co-founder of Womxn from the Mountain transforming education through justice, art, and cultural education including as a Sahumadora en Danza Azteca.

8) Sasha Eugene

Presentation Date: April 10, 2025

Her first gifted home was to the Sexwepmec’u’lecw. By blood she is Kinbasket, Secwepemc, and Russian.

7) Christi Belcourt

Presentation Date: March 6, 2025

A Métis visual artist, author, community organizer, environmentalist, social justice advocate, and avid land-based based arts and language learner.

6) Richard Van Camp

Presentation Date: February 27, 2025

A proud member of the Dogrib (Tłı̨chǫ) Nation and is an internationally renowned storyteller and best-selling author.

4) Dr. Gregory Cajete

Presentation Date: December 5, 2024

A Tewa Indian from Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico who is the Director of Native American Studies at the University of New Mexico.

3) Jo Chrona

Presentation Date: November 21, 2024

Ganhada of Waap K’oom, is a member of the Kitsumkalum First Nation, a Ts’msyen community.