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ERIC Number: EJ899653
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0840-8114
Cultural Diversity in Outdoor Education
Thompson, Graham; Horvath, Erin
Pathways: The Ontario Journal of Outdoor Education, v20 n1 p15-18 Aut 2007
At first glance Sioux Lookout is a typical northern Ontario town, situated within an intricate lake and river system, socially focused on year-round outdoor activities, and enveloped by kilometres and more kilometres of undomesticated Canadian Shield landscape. One might think this would be an ideal spot for outdoor education, just as these authors did when they moved here only a couple of years ago. In fact, they specifically envisioned building a not-for-profit business that would fill the need for alternative professional training and youth programming through the use of outdoor experiences. However, as young people ready to bring atypical forms of outdoor education to the culture of Sioux Lookout, the authors were unaware of how the atypical culture of Sioux Lookout would instead expose the need for change in their outdoor education programming. Self-proclaimed as the "Hub of the North," Sioux Lookout is one of the major towns that services over 40 First Nations communities, and therefore has naturally become home to Aboriginal people wanting to live in a town that offers year-round road access and is merely a one-hour drive to the closest Wal-Mart. Riding on a cultural history proven to survive everything from the harsh Canadian climate to the assimilation tactics of political and religious groups, the First Nations culture in town has challenged the authors to continue developing the learning process within outdoor education. In this article, the authors share their collection of observations and anecdotes about lessons they have learned in becoming more culturally fluent facilitators.
Council of Outdoor Educators of Ontario. 1185 Eglinton Avenue East, Toronto, Ontario, M3C 3C6, Canada. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada