Storytelling is the oldest form of education and the ability to tell stories is the single most powerful weapon in a teacher’s arsenal. If educators are willing to search for them, there are stories in almost anything students may learn and ways to connect most stories to our students’ lives.
Storytelling is an important vehicle through which to engage with geography. Most stories are rooted in the physical and human geography of places. They allow us to connect with each other as human beings and to understand our connections to the natural world. Through the power of storytelling, we can learn more about ourselves, our communities, and the world beyond our experiences, and can deepen our awareness of the issues, problems and potential solutions to the world’s complex problems at a variety of scales.
On Thursday August 19, 2021, Canadian Geographic Education invites you to explore the power of storytelling by attending its inaugural virtual Summer Conference. Open to educators from kindergarten to Grade 12, “Geographic Literacy – The Power of Storytelling” examines the importance of storytelling through a diverse range of topics.
Sign up for our Summer Conference
We will be using the platform Hopin for our conference. In order to attend our conference, you will need to create a free account. Please follow these steps to secure your spot at our conference.
- Visit our Summer Conference registration page. On the right hand side you will be able to get a free ticket to our conference by filling out some basic information and clicking “Join event”. This will prompt you to create a free account with Hopin.
- You will need an email address and a password to sign up with Hopin. Registration is free.
- Once you have created your account, you will be fully registered for our Summer Conference. You will receive a confirmation email when you have successfully signed up for the event.
On our conference registration page, you can also view the conference schedule. We have three keynote speakers offered throughout the day as well as sessions. There are four session blocks with six different sessions offered in each block. You can explore the sessions by grade, language and theme using the filter button. You can also add sessions you are interested in attending to your calendar.
Session themes will cover:
- Can Geo Education Resources
- Teachers Teaching Teachers
- Indigenous Education and Resources
- Storytelling using Geotechnologies
- Geographic Tools and Perspectives
- Geography in Action
There are no caps on our sessions, so you can join any session you like. Sessions will also be recorded and a private YouTube link will be shared with all participants after the conference for your reference.
Adam Shoalts is a professional adventurer, best-selling author, and the Westaway Explorer-in-Residence at the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. His expeditions range from mapping rivers to archaeological projects, but Shoalts is best known for his long solo wilderness journeys, including crossing nearly 4,000 km of Canada’s Arctic alone in a canoe.
Jaime Black is a multidisciplinary artist of mixed Anishinaabe and Finnish descent who lives and works in Winnipeg. Black’s practice engages in themes of memory, identity, place and resistance and is grounded in an understanding of the body and the land as sources of cultural and spiritual knowledge.
About The REDress Project:
The REDress Project is an installation art project created by Métis artist Jaime Black. The installation consists of hundreds of red dresses suspended in public spaces to mark the absence and evoke the presence of Indigenous women and girls who have gone missing or been murdered.
Indigenous women face higher rates of violence than any other cultural group in Canada and
the United States. Indigenous families and communities have been advocating for generations
to make changes to the colonial system that often treat the perpetrators of this violence with
impunity. The REDress Project works to create space for families of Murdered and Missing
Indigenous Persons (MMIP) and their supporters to tell their stories and to find solidarity in the
struggle to protect the rights of Indigenous women and girls. The project provides a space to
hear from frontline community workers, Indigenous women academics, elders and knowledge
keepers on how we can work together as a community to bring justice to Missing and Murdered
Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) and their families.
Founded in 2009, The REDress Project was first exhibited at the University of Winnipeg
Campus in Winnipeg, Manitoba, with over one hundred dresses displayed across campus. Over
the past ten years The REDress Project has travelled to over 50 locations across Canada and
The REDress Project has been shown at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, at the
National Museum of The American Indian in Washington, DC and is on permanent display at
The Canada Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Chris Brackley has been a freelance cartographer for more than 20 years. His passion for maps stems from their undeniable power to tell stories about the land and humanity’s relationship to it. Given the growing disconnect between people and place, he believes there has never been a more important time to tell these stories. His favourite maps highlight the beauty and diversity of the land and, increasingly, work against the tide of colonialism to put Indigenous Peoples back “on the map”.