Journal 3


For my week 3 journal I thought back to a canoe trip I had taken in my elementary school. Although it was a really memorable and enjoyable trip, after reading Sheelah McLean’s The whiteness of green: Racialization and environmental education, I realized the field trip could have been made a lot more informative and easily incorporated Indigenous knowledge.  

My visual piece for this week was inspired by this quote from Newbery’s article Canoe Pedagogy and Colonial History “Colonial histories and legacies always exist in the background of Canada, and the more we ignore this, the less we are able to create something better in the present.” This quote stood out to me because it made me reflect and realize how colonial legacies are prevalent in our society today. For instance our concept of wilderness as being empty comes from a colonial worldview. My visual piece this week shows an alternative canoe field trip, one that is not just from a colonial perspective. The visuals of canoeing are paired with a Cree song about a rising sun, change and a new beginning . This is to represent the incorporation of Indigenous knowledge and to represent the change that I hope to create as a future teacher. It is a way to challenge the view of wilderness as an empty space so that we may “create something better in the present.”

The first word that appears in my video is ‘history’ I think on any land, weather on a field trip or in a classroom it is important to understand the history of the land we use. This builds an understanding that the land is to be shared, it benefited those who were here before us, it benefits us now and it will continue to benefit those who will come after us. In the context of a canoining field trip, the canoes themselves have an important historical importance. The Canoe was critical for early travel in Canada and could be used to identify different Aboriginal groups by the material and designs of the canoe.

The next word that appears is ‘stillness’. Participating in stillness exercises this semester has been a rewarding experience for me. I hope to reproduce this experience  on my future field trips. The next word that appears in the video is ‘Curiosity’. Asking questions is the first step to learning. It is by asking questions that we come to understand the reconstruct our idea of the outdoors and wilderness. The last word that appears is ‘connection’. This is perhaps the main theme of the field trip. To study how humans are connected to the trees, how the water is connected to the sky and how the past is connected to the present.

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