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ERIC Number: EJ966899
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-0840-8114
Adrift in Our National Consciousness: Meditations on Canadian Ecological Identity
Lowan, Greg
Pathways: The Ontario Journal of Outdoor Education, v23 n4 p25-29 Sum 2011
Misao Dean (2006) discusses the canoe as a celebrated icon of Canadian culture in her critique of the Centennial celebrations of 1967; as part of the Centennial, the Canadian government organized the longest canoe race ever held. This author believes that the canoe has become a universal symbol of Canada and that all Canadians have the right to claim it as their own. However, as Dean (2006) suggests, it is vitally important that outdoor and environmental educators acknowledge and teach their students about the Aboriginal roots of the canoe; to ignore this crucial socio-historical truth amounts to cultural misappropriation. Contemporary outdoor and environmental educators are faced with the challenge and opportunity to facilitate the societal shift towards a deeper collective eco-cultural consciousness. The author suggests educators should reconsider the legacies of the voyageurs, habitants, and Indigenous peoples--inspiring and creating authentic connections for their students and themselves with Nature and history through backcountry journeys and canoe trips, as well as fostering a sense of daily connection through long-term initiatives such as community gardens and farmers' markets. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada