EDST 498E (3): Syilx ecologies and cultural landscapes: Strategies for building a land-based classroom

July 5 – July 22 (Monday to Thursday)   |    1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


This course will embrace our digital base in the Syilx Okanagan Nation to work through Syilx principles and action in ecology, restoration, and conservation. The course will provide background and context of experiential and land-based education from a Syilx lens. Syilx theory and praxis will pair with strategies for building a land-based classroom. Syilx non-human relationality, captikwl (creation story), and place-focused understandings will provide background context in how to engage Indigenous ways of knowing alongside topics of botany, ecology, biology, and conservation.

By the end of this course, engaged Participants will:

  • Have a deepened understanding of Syilx approaches to First Peoples Principles of Learning
  • Learn multi-media tools and strategies to solidify land-based learning opportunities
  • Gain experience in understanding Syilx texts and story as a pathway to enliven encounters with the tmixw (all living things)
  • Develop local capacities to link Indigenous restoration initiatives into the classroom through service learning

Skayu Louis

Skayu is Syilx, Secwepmc, and German from the Lower Similkameen Indian Band.  He is currently in the Indigenous Politics Program at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in the Political Science Department.  He grew up in his Syilx Okanagan homelands within the teachings of his extended family.

 

Skayu has been working with youth for over a decade through the ooknakane friendship centre, through his family based Camp Acxulaxw, and IndigenEYEZ as a lead facilitator and camp host.  His facilitation and camp work has been developed through a playful use of senses in land-based classrooms.  In his studies, he focusses on human/environment connections, sound studies, and issues of Indigenous Sovereignty.  His work seeks to reimagine environmental studies and conservation structures through a decolonial lens.

How to register

This course is limited to Bachelor of Education, OSE graduate students and practicing educators only.

To register for courses, please visit the Student Information Service Centre (SISC).

Register for Term two (July/August) courses via the Student Information Service Centre (SISC). If you intend on taking a 400-level course, please ensure that you receive prior approval by your graduate supervisor using this form.

If you are looking to transfer a course into UBC Vancouver, or another institution, please confirm transfer credit will be approved prior to registering for a UBC Okanagan course.

*It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the course is accepted towards the completion of a program.

Register for Term two (July/August) courses via the Student Information Service Centre (SISC). You must have 2021 Summer registration eligibility. If not, please email sie.education@ubc.ca.

If you are looking to transfer a course into UBC Vancouver, or another institution, please confirm approval of transfer credit prior to registration.

*It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the course is accepted towards the completion of a program.

Apply to take select coursework as a non-degree student at through the Non-Degree Access Studies Application.

Between March 16 and March 24, the university will be switching to a new online application system and will not be accepting any new applications from students during this time.  Please visit EducationPlannerBC on March 24 to submit your application for admission to UBC. 

If you require assistance, please email sie.education@ubc.ca

Register for Term two (July/August) courses via the  Student Information Service Centre (SISC). You must have 2021 Summer registration eligibility. If not, please email sie.education@ubc.ca.

Between March 16 and March 24, the university will be switching to a new online application system and will not be accepting any new applications from students during this time.  Please visit EducationPlannerBC on March 24 to submit your application for admission to UBC.