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Education and Outreach
Working closely with staff in all of the Department of Environment’s divisions, the Environmental Education and Outreach section helps to ensure that targeted education and outreach initiatives are integrated into all of our work department-wide. The land and natural resources are of utmost importance to all Nunavummiut and the Department of Environment is committed to educating and involving a wide range of audiences including youth, community members, elders and teachers in environmental stewardship.
There are a number of Education Programs available for key audiences in Nunavut. Click on the links below to find out more!
The Department of Environment is committed to supporting teachers in bringing environmental and wildlife education into the classroom, and in bringing students into the environment to experience nature's classroom.
For more information on education programs or resources, contact the Environmental Office email@example.com.
The Department of Environment is involved in a number of education initiatives and programs across the territory. Here is a summary of some of the main programs we offer.
DOE has partnered with the Department of Education and a number of local and regionally-based Inuit organizations to develop and update land-based camp curriculum. Camps have focused on fostering "Two-Eyed Seeing", whereby science and Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit are brought together through hands-on learning in the environment. Where possible, DOE staff including conservation officers, biologists, climate change specialists, fisheries and sealing division representatives, and parks staff are involved in the development and delivery of local land-based camp programs.
Project Wild and Below Zero
DOE is the only certified provider in Nunavut of training in the Canadian Wildlife Federation's Wild Education Programs. Project Wild and Below Zero are two time-tested and highly acclaimed environmental education programs that have been used by Canadian educators for over 15 years. Below Zero was specifically developed for environmental education in "winter environments", making it a great resource for Nunavut educators. DOE's Wild Education training workshops are available to Nunavut educators and include a certificate of completion, complete Project Wild and Below Zero lesson plan guides and other valuable teaching resources. DOE offers Wild Education workshops upon request and at regional teacher conferences, including the upcoming Qikiqtani Regional Teachers' conference. For more information on Wild Education, visit the Canadian Wildlife Federation.
Conservation officers, biologists, and other DOE personnel across the territory receive training and specialized resources to assist in school presentations and classroom visits. Content can be customized to meet specific grade-level curriculum requirements. DOE staff and environmental education specialists are able to provide hands-on classroom workshops in a variety of topic areas, including:
- Climate Change in Nunavut
- Wildlife of Nunavut (including animal adaptations, Arctic ecology, etc.)
- Environmental Research Techniques
- Sealing in Nunavut
- Mapping and Way Finding using GPS technology
For more information, contact your local conservation officer, or the Environmental Education office.
Partnership with Students on Ice
Students on Ice is an award-winning organization offering unique educational expeditions to the Antarctic and the Arctic. Their mandate is to provide students, educators and scientists from Nunavut and around the world with inspiring educational opportunities at the ends of the Earth and, in doing so, help them foster a new understanding and respect for the planet.
DOE has provided funding for students throughout Nunavut to participate in SOI Arctic expeditions since 2008.
For more information about Students on Ice, visit http://www.studentsonice.com/
Follow the 2014 students trip, read more student testimonials, and learn about the educational goals and outcomes achieved by these students. Maybe you could be a future explorer! Read their report - Students On Ice, Arctic Youth Expedition 2014
Partnership with Actua
Actua is a national charitable organization dedicated to providing young Canadians with positive, hands-on learning experiences in science, technology, and engineering. DOE has partnered with Actua for the delivery of customized environment and climate change themed school workshop and summer camp programs in Nunavut communities. For more information on Actua, visit their website: www.actua.ca.
DOE personnel are involved with community-based cleanup projects, which typically occur during environment week in June each year.
DOE houses a number and diversity of teaching resources at its headquarters in Iqaluit and at its local conservation offices. Some resources are downloadable below. DOE is currently working on many new and innovative teaching resources. Check back frequently for updates!
Terrestrial Mammals of Nunavut (Book in English/Inuktitut)
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to order copies or visit your local conservation office.
Waiting at the Edge (DVD available in English/French)
DVD on the importance of seals and sealing culture to Inuit. Accompanying teacher resource available in English.
Kaakuluk Magazine (Magazine available in English/Inuktitut)
In partnership with the Qikiqtani Inuit Association and the Nunavut Bilingual Education Society, DOE contributed to the caribou edition of Kaakuluk, a magazine for elementary and middle-school aged youth. Contact email@example.com to order copies, visit your local conservation office, or order online through chapters.ca or amazon.ca.
Tajarniit (DVD in Inuktitut with English subtitles)
Tajarniit is a Nunavut-produced film about the importance of seals to Inuit. The 5-part short film documentary portrays Inuit sealing culture and history and illustrates traditional uses of seal for Ittaq (traditional tent) and Qajaq (traditional Kayak).
Two-Eyed Seeing on the Land: A Manual for Educators on Running Land-Based Integrative Science Education Programs
Terrestrial Mammals of Nunavut Fact Sheets
Download all 17 Terrestrial Mammal Fact Sheets, available in English and Inuktitut:
Arctic Fox | Barrenground Caribou | Peary Caribou | Ermine | Moose | Polar Bear | Wolverine | Arctic Ground Squirrel | Black Bear | Grizzly Bear | Muskox | Red Fox | Arctic Hare | Brown Lemming | Least Weasel | Pearyland Collared Lemming | Wolf
Uumajut: Learning About Arctic Wildlife (Children's book available in English/Inuktitut)
In partnership with the Qikiqtani Inuit Association and the Nunavut Bilingual Education Society, DOE created a book about Arctic wildlife targeting elementary school-aged children. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to order copies, visit your local conservation office, or order online through chapters.ca or amazon.ca.
For additional wildlife publications and resources, visit the Wildlife Management Resources page.
Lesson Plans for Educators
Arctic Marine Ecosystems - A grade 5 and up lesson introducing Nunavut Students to marine food webs, commercial fisheries, and conservation areas to protect corals and sponges - Courtesy of Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Oceans North
Arctic Conservation Areas Map - English/French/Inuktitut
Guardians of Tariuq - A music video about food webs and the importance of the Eastern Arctic Ecosystem! Brought to you by the students at Nanook School in Apex, and Fisheries and Oceans Canada.