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News from Alberta

ATA — Global, Environmental, and Outdoor Education Council
2009 Conference – One World: Infinite Diversity

April 24-26, 2009
Parks Canada Palisades Stewardship Education Centre
Jasper National Park , Alberta

Registration information:

Memorial Composite High School in Stoney Plain, Alberta has awarded the 2008 Robert Twerdoclib Scholarship for the Enhancement of Geographic Literacy to Jeff Vatamaniuck.

News from Ontario

The Ministry of Education will be hosting an Environmental Education Symposium on February 25-26, 2009 in Toronto. Based on the recommendations of the report, Shaping our Schools, Shaping our Future, the Ministry has commissioned an Environmental Education Strategy as well as the writing of exemplary units of study. Geography teachers, as leaders in teaching environmental issues and stewardship in the province, will be presenting their ideas and methodologies at the conference.

The Ontario Teachers Federation will be hosting an Environmental Education weekend on February 27-28, 2009 at Bark Lake Outdoor Education Centre. Representatives of OAGEE (Ontario Association of Geographic and Environmental Education) and OGCA (Ontario Geography Consultants’ Association) will attend to continue the dialogue about greening the Ontario curriculum.

This year marks the beginning of the review of the Geography curriculum, formerly revised in 2004. Groups of teachers, university and college faculties will be invited to a number of forums over the next few months, sponsored by the subject associations. These meetings will provide the opportunity for participants to share their ideas about what should stay in the curriculum and what should be changed. This process will occur over a two year period.

The OAGEE Spring Conference will take place on May 1-2, 2009 in New Liskeard/Cobalt area of Northern Ontario. Highlights of this field based conference will be the Cobalt mine, Haileybury School of Mines and Little Clay Belt.This Spring Conference is always field-based and takes Geographers back to their roots.

For information on any of the above items, please contact CCGE’s Ontario Representative, Ethel Johnston, at .

News from Saskatchewan

March 5-6, 2009
Conference Theme: The Era of New Curricula: Navigating the Change

Temple Gardens Mineral Spa - Moose Jaw

For the registration form and more information, go to

News from Quebec

The 2009 AQEUS Conference
The next conference of the Québec Association for the Social Universe Course will take place in the Château Bromont in Bromont in the Eastern Townships region on Friday and Saturday, 16 and 17 October 2009. The AQEUS regroups all Québec Social Universe teachers (Economy, Geography and History).

“World of Images”, a new website of the CCDMD (Collegial Centre for Educational Materials Development), a centre for the production of computerized resources and printed documents established for the use of teachers and students, has just set up the Internet site entitled “World of Images”. The site offers a collection of much needed copyright-free photos to produce quality pedagogical material. The CCDMD had already set up “Le Québec en images”, an Internet site regrouping photos of Québec. The bank of Québec photos also answered the overwhelming need to access copyright-free photos to produce pedagogical material.

The new “World of Images” site can be found at As far as the “Le Québec en images” site, the address is:

Geographic Education ‘Live’ to your classroom!

One of Canada’s most popular ‘live’ educational adventures is back for elementary schools through a partnership between the Royal Canadian Geographic Society, Canadian Council for Geographic Education and CanaTREK. This year students can participate in CanaTREK’s learning program planned for May, 2009. There are two climbs currently under consideration: Nunavut Barbeau Peak on Ellesmere Island and  an expedition to the top of British Columbia on Fairweather Mountain

Educational emphasis is on geography, environment,   nutrition, health and fitness, team building, and technology. There will be a small group of schools selected that will be able to go ‘live’ with the expedition both in video and audio conferences. For more information, go to

Opportunity to attend Project Atmosphere — summer meteorology workshop

The Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS) invites you to apply to PROJECT ATMOSPHERE, a 2-week summer workshop (July 19 – 31, 2009) on meteorology specifically designed for teachers and run by the American Meteorological Society (AMS). This opportunity is open to elementary and high school teachers. The deadline for applications is March 31, 2009. For more information, go to

Make Change Happen!

Have you ever wanted to take action on something you feel strongly about? Join us Wednesday, April 15 at Algonquin College in Ottawa, Ontario for the Roots & Shoots: Youth 4 Action Workshop.

This day-long event (8:45 am to 3:00 pm) for students aged 13 to 18 will explore relevant topics and give you a road map to making change happen. 

Workshop sessions will be facilitated by professors at Algonquin and local experts, and will cover topics ranging from climate change to endangered species, to consuming responsibly. There will also be sessions on how to effectively spread your message using tools such as photography, video and the internet.

Roots & Shoots is the global youth network of the Jane Goodall Institute, inspired by the work of world-famous primatologist, environmentalist and humanitarian, Dr. Jane Goodall.

If you can’t attend in person, join us online to hear Dr. Jane’s inspirational words via live webcast.


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