Ozhaawashkwaa Animikii-Bineshi Aki Onji Kinimaagae' Inun, Blue Thunderbird Land-based Teachings Learning Centre, is a school division-wide initiative delivering land-based, cross-curricular educational opportunities as a part of Kindergarten to Grade 12 experience. This is a place for students to create sustainable and meaningful connections to the land through hands-on programming and projects, and to each other by learning and working together.
The student's learning centre will provide a 4-season indoor gathering space, a learning kitchen, a fireplace, washrooms, a walk-in cooler and sheltered outdoor classroom and work area. The facility is currently under construction.
Educational themes and topics are informed and guided by Education for Sustainable Development, Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and the Earth Charter. Engagements include and expand upon our three core themes: sustainable food production and nutrition, environmental stewardship, and cultural and historic connection to the land.
Sustainable Food production and Nutrition: Students will engage in growing food from seed, planting and maintaining a mixed garden, creating compost, seed-saving, and maintaining soil health. Students will engage in cooking and will celebrate the food they have grown as a part of programing at Ozhaawashkwaa Animikii-Bineshi Aki Onji Kinimaagae' Inun.
Environmental Stewardship: Less than 1% of the original tall grass prairie remains in Manitoba. Students will witness the process of restoring Indigenous tall grass prairie to 30 acres of land and will learn from the model Remnant Prairie on-site. Students will participate in the care, observations and monitoring required for stewardship. Hands-on water stewardship is fostered through the on-site Naturalized Stormwater Retention Pond, the Grassmere Drain and broader watershed topics and action, including water monitoring and sampling. Divisional-Composting via the in-vessel, commercial composting system (BIOvator) will find a new location at the Learning Centre with greater accessibility for student learning and enhancing compost education delivery.
Cultural and Historic Connection to Land: Land, language and culture are linked. We continue to deepen our awareness and understanding of the historical and cultural connection between people and land, sharing Indigenous worldviews on the growing of food, Medicine Wheel Teachings, Seven Sacred Teachings and the value of learning through the sacredness of the Indigenous Circle Philosophy. We explore the connections we have to the land and dedicate ourselves to reshaping our connections to the land and to each other in a spirit of stewardship, reconciliation and celebration.
Long Term Goals
Education for Sustainable Development
Truth and Reconciliation
UN Sustainable Development Goals
The Earth Charter