Earth Keepers - Sustainable Communities Youth Initiatives
Our Youth Outreach Coordinator facilitates and supports environmental stewardship teaching and hands-on experiential learning for First Nation classrooms in Alberta. Born of the Sustainable Communities Team; our presentations and activities revolve around addressing waste diversion (finding better solutions for ‘garbage’ than landfills, like recycling and composting) holistically and in tandem with our other impacts on our environment. We offer classroom presentations as well as more in depth-learning exercises.
- We deliver
in-classroom presentations (for grades K – 12)to bring attention to the current global waste crisis, some of the local challenges we all face, and how we can address them by being better “Earth Keepers”; a new generation of Indigenous youth caring for the land that has been theirs to protect and steward since time immemorial.
- Our Earth Keepers Colouring and Activity Book (available here as a .pdf, or by delivery in-person hardcopy) provides lower grade levels (K -3rd) with fun, educational activities that focus on environmental stewardship. For something more, please enquire directly with our Outreach Coordinator for extended hands-on learning opportunities for grades 3 and under.
- Inspire students to become zero waste superheroes with Planet Protectors Academy – Zero Heroes. TSAG has purchased licenses for teachers use on a first-come-first-served basis. This plug-and-play smartboard program is a fun and engaging way to get students in Grades 3 – 6 excited about recycling! Each week, our young Cree superhero, Lashyla, highlights Indigenous-led environmental projects around the world. She connects the learning to traditional ways and values. She shows how Indigenous cultural practices and wisdom have solutions for the world’s current waste issues.
Hands-on Learning opportunities
- Get Recycling Happening at Your School (waste diversion opportunity exploration, grades 4 - 12) - Would your class(es) like to discover the recycling opportunities that can take place on your school campus? Our Outreach Coordinator will lead a mini-waste audit with students; to ‘discover’ the best options for diverting waste from the landfill to recycling. We will identify high volume waste streams, explore local diversion options, work with school administrators to find the best local service providers, and work with staff and students to implement the new recycling program in their classrooms. TSAG has both beverage and standard blue recycling bins to donate to the school. Refundable beverage containers are often a good place to start as they provide cost-offset opportunities. Your class will take ownership of the new recycling system changes by creating individual signage to attached to bins they will then deliver to the other classrooms and explain the changes they are implementing.
- Unauthorized Dumpsite Mapping (Grade 8 and up) - utilizing cutting edge spatial data technology; students will participate in a crash course in digital mapping and solid waste management, download the App to their phones and then we’ll head out to locate, geotag, photograph and gather data on any dumpsite we can find. Once all the data has been collected a final interactive presentation will show students different analysis that can now be done to inform remediation and prevention planning.
- Electronics Round-up Fundraiser - have your school host an event to collect used, old and broken electronics from around the community, save them from going into the landfill and get the school some cash while doing it! Our Outreach Coordinator can assist students with planning, organization, and implementing a round up. We can also add to the learning experience with a presentation tailored to why and how we recycle electronics globally. This event can also be partnered with a larger community event
- ALEX LAFORCE - Youth Outreach Coordinator (Sustainable Communities Team)
- EAGLE WILLIER - Outreach Coordinator (Source Water Protection and Fire)