Earthy Chats Podcast

Episode 03: Braiding Ktunaxa knowledge into learning

May 10, 2021

Ft. Aboriginal Education Coordinator Faye O'Neil 

In the third episode of Earthy Chats, co-hosts Jade Harvey-Berrill and Ian Shanahan chatted with educator Faye O'Neil of the ?aqam Community in the Ktunaxa Nation! Here's a sneak-peek at what was discussed:

*a childhood in nature

*gaining knowledge from the land

*gaps in the education system and how to fill them

*making partnerships and maintaining open dialogue

*how animals and plants are described in the Ktunaxa language

*ways to achieve grounding in nature


Faye O’Neil (Cranbrook) is a member of the ?aqam Community in the Ktunaxa Nation. She is the Aboriginal Education Coordinator for Southeast School District No. 5, and she previously worked in Delta School District as an Aboriginal Support Worker. She sits on the ?aqam Education Committee and Lands Committee, the board for the Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network, and is one of our Indigenous Advisors for our Non-profit Outdoor Learning Store. She also has been actively engaged in supporting educators across the region by helping connect their programs and lessons with Indigenous knowledge, perspectives, and land-based learning.



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