Take Action

It is very devastating to see how people treat our enviroment. Yes I used to be the one taking part in the problem but I have come to a realization that I needed to change. On Friday night when I was walking I saw so many different bushes with piles of garbage In them. I took a picture and kept walking. As I began to walk I realized how I noticed the problem and did not want to contribute to that anymore but I did not take action and go pick it up. This has been happening to me alot latley. “The process of taking up new discourses, however, is complex,  and has significant implications in education.” Like the article says sometimes you will contradict things you used to say and find new morals and discourses you want to break down.

Going on my walk today I brought some garbage bags along and cleaned up this mess. Hopefully the people that walked by and thanked us will realize how important it to is to take action in what you care about. And if you don’t care about the Earth you obviously don’t care about you life!

This will hopefully turn into a domino effect and if one of those five people who thanked us goes andcleans up too they might have 5 people notice. Even if they don’t clean up maybe they will spread the word or think twice when throwing garbage out.

The picture was a before picture from Friday when I noticed. And the after picture is from Sunday after I cleaned up the mess.


In the Middle of Things (words to my story)


I know that it is possible to lose weight. You need to eat healthy, drink fluids and exercise. Even though I have the knowledge and I can share it with others, I am not embodying the knowledge into my daily life. This class has taught me the importance of embodiment with not only the environment, but in my daily life. It is important to display knowledge and your inner ideologies throughout your life not just verbally, but instead physically. Actions speak louder than words and by either eating healthy to lose weight or using a recyclable cup to keep that one cup out of our landfills, we can embody the knowledge we learnt. In my past assignments I had realized that the Environment is something we have been taking advantage of. In a sense  our world is dying from the way we have been treating it and there is a great need for change; however, excuses and the idea of one person changing the world is stopping us from embodying the knowledge of climate change. These excuses have been based around cost, living arrangements and time and instead of looking for a solution to work with these problems we hold onto these excuses letting them influence the way we impact the earth. These excuses are also the reasons to why we are not spending time with the environment being in a city or behind our technologies have made our society forget about the gift of the outside world. Being away from nature in a manmade environment has made us lose our respect for the outside world. With this loss of respect we no longer want to spend time with it making it easy to stop caring for it and push it away. It has also been believed that we are taking steps back in the past by living a more natural way of life. People who choose this natural lifestyle are limited in our world today because they cannot live this lifestyle in a way they see convenient so they give up on the idea.

Being aware is a topic that has been frequently mentioned and because of this class I am more aware on my environmental footprint. So far my footprint has not been very great, I have started being aware of my actions which is a good first step when trying to embody Eco literacy. I have also been sharing my knowledge about the vermi-composters and facts on climate change at home with friends and family. Yesterday I had seen garbage on campus and I thought to myself how those little things can really pile up but instead of picking it up I left it. It was great on how I was now made aware of that problem but I still lacked on embodying the knowledge since I did not go pick it up. I feel that now I am aware I need to take that next step and instead of thinking about how it’s wrong I should instead think about it and go pick it up. Sometimes it is hard to embody something you are not passionate about, however, everyone should be passionate and caring of the land in which we grow on. Even if it’s just one person picking up one piece of garbage it might trickle into a domino effect. When I worked at Tim Horton’s sometimes we would have people buy a coffee for the person behind them in drive thru, this would start a domino effect and in a long line some people would continue to keep the train going and paid for the order behind them and repeat. It is possible that maybe if someone saw me doing the action of picking up that wrapper on the ground they would of thought “wow, I should do that” and maybe they would next time. Seeing someone do something do something good might remind them next time they want to throw something on the ground they will take it to the garbage? Even though it is a small action it could have a train of bigger actions come from it. Like the hummingbird carries water to the burning forest I will try to be the hummingbird now that I am aware of the excuses I have been using, that have been stopping me from creating a better ecological footprint.

Our society is praising excuses, incorporating whiteness, and not using the knowledge they acquired to help take back our negative actions towards the world. In a quote that I wrote in my 2nd blog I mentioned an idea of how people should look at the earth as a family member. “Speak to the Earth like a sister and say thank you for how the earth always cares for you” This is an Important idea to keep in mind and I used it previously in my 1st blog post “The earth gives these warnings and information like a mom, but instead of trying to understand it, we push it away and ignore the impact it is causing” instead this time the family member I related the earth to was a mom. Being passionate and finding greatness in the world yourself is another important idea I have kept in mind through this journey. The idea was first brought up in my 1st blog In Braiding Sweet grass Kimmerer writes about her epiphany in which you have to see nature and the environment and enjoy the experience in order to understand it.   ” and was later embellished when I related it back to me as a teacher in my 3rd blog post  “It is important to disrupt these uniformed ways of understanding and give the students a chance to come up with their own ideologies.


Wall Kimmerer, Robin. (2013). The Sound of Silverbells, in Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge & the Teachings of Plants, pp. 216-222. Minnesota, MN: Milkweed Editions. (Handout & GC)




Every family has different traditions that they participate in, whether it be making a certain meal on a holiday, going to a festival every year or passing a family heirloom down. My family’s tradition is to plant evergreen trees each time a new member joins the family. As we grow so does the trees. We care for them and they surround our townhouse in Cudworth Saskatchewan.
A tree is a symbol of life that my family has tried to incorporate into our lives. My tree once a seedling is now as big as the house while my mom’s towers higher than it. We take pictures in front of the trees seeing the changes of not only us and how we grown but also the chage in eaxh of our trees.
This year my grandpa was challenged with lasopharnyx cancer. I was trying to think of a tattoo that could represent my grandpa’s turbulence with this horrible time. A tree came to mind. My grandpa never did plant himself his own tree in the ground however the tree itself is a symbol I relate back to him. The tree breaths in c02 and releases oxygen (taking away the bad and leaving the good) simular to this idea is cancer treatments taking away bad cancer cells and leaving the good ones to help him survive. The trees were also planted by him he wanted to have a symbol that represented our family placing trees around him all being a symbol of one of us which he can still nurture and watch grow even when we are not around.
A tree is something beautiful and something important in my life not only because it reminds me of my family but it contributes to my life. Trees are part of the enviroment that can be taken away just like my grandpa but if we fight hard for the trees to stay maybe they will better our world in their own original way, just like my gramps!

Outside Change

1488824006633333329519Wilderness can have many different definitions. I feel I am in the wild when there is no sign of human disturbance. I was fortunate enough to go to a school where we were taught heavily on the first nation’s history. Some schools did not get the opportunity to learn this history and still my class took it for granted. The students in the class sometimes deemed it as a “sob story” (which it is definitely not) and followed more closely with the Settlers point of view. History can have more than one point of view, just like the word Wilderness has many different definitions. I would say even though I was fortunate to hear both sides of the story our class definitely experienced the outside world with a uniformed white lens.

We got to attend plenty of fieldtrips camping, going to waneskewin, and outdoor Phys ed. We also did a voyager activity when learning French. I remember learning and praising the Voyageurs during this outdoor sled run. This goes back to what is mentioned in Canoe Pedagogy:”Voyageurs (French, Métis, Scottish, and Aboriginal) worked many long and difficult hours in a day and tended to live few years. Their lives are not often idealized although they are often glorified;” We would leave usually with some kind of worksheet with questions to answer or would do planned workshops and activities throughout the day. When being outside we were deprived of freedom, by still following uniformed instructions and told how to think about the topic. It was almost as if we brought our desks outside and could not move or think freely without instructions.

I now understand why it is so hard to teach in a non-uniformed way, this is because students expect this style of learning. Students are dependent on the teacher to how they should understand and knowing one answer. When being in an outside environment it is important for the student to explore and understand in their own ways. Being a dependent on answers and structure limits the student to being creative and makes them lose touch on individuality. Like this class if we were given less opportunity to be free in how we understand the course, the teacher would not get such a variety of honest opinions and we would not be given the chance to think for ourselves.

The weather is a good example on how the world disrupts its way of being. It will be sunny and all of a sudden it will snow. It is important to disrupt these uniformed ways of understanding and give the students a chance to come up with their own ideologies. Nobody gets recognized for a quote somebody else said, it is better to come up with your own understanding.