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‘In Our Bloodline:’ Land-Based Learning Links Curriculum with Indigenous Culture

June 05, 2018 |

Land-based learning encourages critical thought through interaction with the land

A school day for six-year-old Hunter Sasakamoose can start with lighting a fire for breakfast and end with doing math by candlelight.In between, the boy learns life skills such as hunting and fishing as well as first-hand science lessons about how rain soaks into the ground to help grow the plants he’s harvesting.His education combines lessons from his ancestors on the Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation in Saskatchewan with the curriculum of his peers in Regina, where he goes to school half the year. He’s taking part in land-based learning and his mother, JoLee Sasakamoose, is his teacher.