Two-Eyed Land-based Play and Co-Learning

Course Code: ECE 234

Academic Year: 2023-2024

Building on the importance and benefits of outdoor play for wholistic child development, this course uses the guiding principles and pedagogy of Etuaptmumk (Two-Eyed Seeing in the Mi'kmaq Language) to explore land-based play and co-learning through both Indigenous and non-Indigenous ways of being, seeing, knowing and doing. In (re) learning our connection to land as teacher, this course takes place on the lands of the Humber Arboretum and regional landscapes. Co-learning engages Indigenous and non-Indigenous faculty, Elders, Knowledge Holders and students in the learning process. In connecting body, mind, heart and spirit through land-based experiences, stories and sharing circles, learners will gain an applied understanding on how to regularly and intentionally engage children, families and other professionals in respectful, reciprocal and responsible relationships with All Our Relations (place, plant-life, animals and other-than-human being sin various ecosystems)