70. Primary Outdoor Learning Space

District No. 5 (Southeast Kootenay)

As shared by project leadership: Our hope is to create a safe, accessible, and intentional outdoor learning space on our school grounds for K-3 classes, while other user groups such as intermediate classes, PAC, StrongStart and After School programs may also access it. We want to embed Indigenous knowledges, uphold the First People’s Principles of Learning, and support healthy and experiential learning opportunities not only for our students, but for any user group or community member visiting our space. We envision a fenced-in space with some shelter and seating; a space where children can learn alongside using natural features and, in consultation with our local First Nation, introduce users to Indigenous principles at a young age. We hope this new outdoor learning space, in consultation with Ktunaxa Nation, will continue to support the three pathways of Indigenous education: students, educators, and community. This will be a resource to help classroom teachers meaningfully embed Indigenous worldview and perspective.