The land supports us, provides for us and connects us to all living things. In the outdoor learning space at Fort Saskatchewan Elementary, we are learning to sit with nature, to listen to the land as teacher, and to grow in our knowledge of our connections to land. We are learning to decolonize our understanding of education and open ourselves up to the idea that we can take our learning outside of the classroom and enhance curriculum in ways that connect us to mother earth.
We are grateful to the Elders who teach us about the land on which we live, and who share wisdom and lessons passed down from Elders who walked before them.
Last year we added planters to our learning space and developed the CLC (Connections to Land Club) for Indigenous students. They grew carrots, cucumbers, sunflowers and potatoes, and are currently planning for this spring's gardens.