August 2019 Update

Living Lab Update August 2019

After two years as a pilot project, Living Lab is now transforming into a sustainable, vibrant and long term program. Check out highlights from the place –based / outdoors learning this Spring and Summer 2019 and our NSERC and Aboriginal Service Plan reports. Plans are underway for 2019-2020 with the annual (delicious and fun) Traditional Foods Feast hosted by the Songhees Academic Youth Leadership (SAYL) program, at Songhees Wellness Centre on Thursday September 25t  during Science Literacy Week – Save the Date! – Everyone Welcome. At the Feast, Living Lab will celebrate the past year’s activities, launch our new Field Guides and share plans for 2019-2020!

Funding was received this year from NSERC Promo Science for 2019 and 2020 focused on youth and science education/ biodiversity monitoring and from the Aboriginal Service Plan for 2019-2020 to create a 10 year vision and action plan with the Living Lab Community of Practice and regional communities- partners.


Update on Living Lab Values and Goals  

 Living Lab’s core values are:

Relationship, Responsibility,  Relevance,  Reciprocity, Respect and Reconciliation​

*Support Community Resurgence, Restoration and Planning Projects 

  • Support community-driven restoration, monitoring, and traditional land use/access in the Capital Region.

Short– Support front line WSANEC and Songhees restoration, engagement and educational projects.

Medium- Create a sustainable infrastructure, 10 year vision/ strategy for a regional Eco-Cultural Indigenous and place- base Monitoring Program

Long – Establish – support a regional Capital Region- Coast Salish program enabling any regional First nations to develop their own ecosystem and sustainability projects with ethical relationships and partnerships in place.


*Engage, Support and Empower Future Generations 

  • Create skills and capacity building activities with communities and schools for children and youth

Short-Med –  Continue programs for children, youth and community members. Support front line staff and partners to get extra training in technical, facilitation and engagement skills.  Continue Eco-Cultural Science Camp and school year activities out on the land/waters.

Long-  Establish ongoing ecosystem restoration programs for children and youth led by Indigenous communities with UVic and CRD support.


*Create Place-based Education and Learning Resources

  • Organize ecosystem and science-based field trips and create resources that include indigenous knowledge and community priorities

Short-Med –  Continue to develop teaching and learning programs and aids that can be integrated  and accredited within the  school system. Research and build on FNEducation Steering Ctte of BC work and best practices nationally and globally.

Long-  Ecocultural restoration building on indigenous knowledge  and place-based learning and access will be a cornerstone of local schools, university courses and local planning ( esp CRD and Parks) efforts.


* Develop the Living Lab Community of Practice

  • Develop mutually supportive relationships among local First Nations, community/NGO’s, government, schools, and the University of Victoria


Short Term:  Complete our Values and Principles and ethical agreements as a guiding evaluation and reflection framework  for our work together.

Med-Long:. Complete 10 year vision by 2020 which includes sustainable front line restoration supported by local govt, parks and academia on First Nations terms.

Living Lab Update December 2018

Greetings all!   This Fall, 2018 after our Science Literacy week events  (the Songhees Traditional Foods Feast and WSANEC Reefnet Fishery workshop)  we have been focused on coordinating the Living Lab ongoing community eco-cultural restoration and planning work regionally and with the Songhees and WSANEC Nations, thanks to new funding from the UVic Aboriginal Service Plan. We are planning a Living Lab Learning Series and networking sessions for January to  April 2019 and then the annual schools and community student and youth focused classroom and field/ outdoors activities will begin again in the Spring.  For more information contact Maeve  (Living Lab Project Coordinator at [email protected]) .