I have had few experiences through my education to be in a physical setting to discuss the land. Most of my discussions on the land happen in the classroom but even than it is not very thorough. When speaking of the land and the past, my educators focused primarily on the fur trade and that is brought up in the Canoe Pedagogy reading. In the Newbery reading it states that “the details of the fur trade and the daily lives of voyageurs are what educators tend to focus on” (pg.32). When discussing the land, it is the white side of things teachers focus on but that is not the whole story. While it is a shame that the education leaves out parts of origin I am unsure if it is because of the curriculum or the teachers choosing. Some of the biggest experiences I have had with environment are through this class with our brief experiences we have outside.
The most outdoor education related trip I have experienced was a sweat through my Indigenous Studies class. I do acknowledge the sweat is not outside but it is in a ‘hut-like’ structure within wilderness and was quite educational. The man who put it on was an elder and he did not speak much but when he did and was about the people here before us. He talked about how the First Nations used sweats to communicate and pray for past ancestors as well as other things they wanted to give thanks for. One of the things he prayed for was the land and he spoke of the life it gave us and the medicine it provides. It was things like these that I remember because he was so passionate but we do not discuss these stories or experiences in outdoor related classes. Is it only the whiteness that is deemed as important through the eyes of the curriculum? I do understand that it is changing, but it is sad to see that it has taken this long to understand it.