This work will shift post-secondary early childhood education training, in-service professional development and early years programming to advance a Two-Eyed pedagogy of land-based play and co-learning. Etuaptmumk (Two-Eyed Seeing in the Mi’kmaq language) braids the strengths of Indigenous and non-Indigenous ways of being, knowing and doing as guiding principles for co-learning through: wholistic engagement on the land; nurturing relationality (with place, plants, animals and people); and practicing reciprocity (giving back in return for what we receive from the Earth).
The Lawson Foundation invests $4.95 million in 8 demonstration projects including Humber College as part of a cohort approach, to build adult capacity to support outdoor play in Early Learning and Child Care. Projects will serve as regional centres of outdoor play leadership and capacity, enabling stakeholders to inform policy and practice as well as the application of learning elsewhere in Canada.
For more information, and a list of funded projects, read the announcement on Lawson Foundation's web site.