Greetings – It’s Fall 2020… What a year for re-visioning!

Well, despite and/or as a consequence of the major challenges experienced worldwide by COVID-19, projects like Living Lab keep growing in their relevance and impact. Ecocultural restoration and outdoors-focused (land and water-based) education, which supports Indigenous resurgence and is enabled by collaborative community-campus relationships are more relevant than ever.

Summer 2020 Highlights

Activities

  • UVic Science Venture has gone virtual and they are available to offer k-12 STEM workshops for schools, community organizations, and other youth serving programs. They are also working on activity booklets and STEM kits to distribute.  Check out the online learning portal  (https://www.scienceventure.ca/onlinelearningportal) for STEM activities! Contact the office for more info:  [email protected] or call 250-721-8158.
  • Supported the June 2020 Launch event for ‘To Fish as Formerly’ A Story of Straits Salish Resurgence – Multi-media exhibit at Legacy Gallery- opened by Songhees Elder Bangus- Frank George/Living Lab Liaison https://events.uvic.ca/legacy/view/event/date/20201007/event_id/50122
    • The exhibit will be on until November 23rd
  • Partnered with the successful 2019-2020 TETACES Climate Action Project Program co-led by the Pender Island Community Resource Society and the W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council. See TETACES Report/Action Plans (https://www.sgicommunityresources.ca/climate-action-project/
  • Continued to directly support PEPÁḴEṈ HÁUTW̱ restoration programs – see their recent video here: youtube
    and visit their website http://pepakenhautw.com/
  • PEPÁḴEṈ HÁUTW̱ has also been keeping busy safely doing ecosystem restoration with youth and community members during the covid-19 pandemic. With small groups, they have worked at SṈIDȻEȽ (Tod Inlet, Central Saanich) and QENENIW̱ (Hay Point, Pender Island) to continue the stewardship of these important places. They also created new video and online content to support their students in a distance format. Check out the PEPÁḴEṈ HÁUTW̱ Facebook page and new website for more info!
  • Held Lekwungen Living Lab week August 11-14 with 16 Songhees and Esquimalt youth aged 11-22 (Photo Gallery and Project report coming soon!).
  • Piloted a Community Water Collaborative project / testing protocols (with the support of the CRD and Oak Bay High School) with the National Science and Education Research Centre. PromoScience support led by UVic Biology Professor John Taylor.
  • Continued support for the Coles Bay Action Project (focused on community-based testing and remediation of the beach) led by the Pauquachin Nation and the CRD.
  • Began a new partnership/ supported project proposals with the Community Water Innovation Lab with the new UVic Canada Research Chair in Rural and Indigenous Water Sustainability / Professor in Engineering and Geog, Kristian Dubrawski

Support

  • Received a new Vancouver Foundation Development Grant to support the development of a ÁLEṈENEȻ Action Plan – W̱SÁNEĆ- led outdoor education/ field school on TETACES (Gulf Islands)
  • Received Ministry of Advanced Education 2020-2021 core funding via the UVic Aboriginal Service Plan
  • Completed a 2021-2022 Partnership Plan and Proposal for regional science and ecosystem education and a new Indigenous Youth Stewardship Program ( Partners include the CRD, Songhees, Esquimalt and Pauquachin Nations, W̱SÁNEĆ School Board, PEPÁḴEṈ HÁUTW̱ Foundation, Friends of Bowker Creek, Oak Bay High School, the UVic Faculties of Education and Engineering, Departments of Environmental Studies, Civil Engineering, Curriculum and Instruction, Biology, History, Indigenous Education and Geography, UVic Library, Community Engaged Learning and the Office of Indigenous Academic and Community Engagement.)