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Friday, February 12 • 10:45am - 12:15pm
Follow the Water K-5 Curriculum Project

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Theytus Books, in partnership with the En’owkin Centre and the Regional District Okanagan Similkameen, has published a series of four new children’s books entitled Follow the Water. The focus of the series is Syilx Okanagan water perspective and how it relates to healthy eco-systems. The book series was created with guidance from Syilx Traditional Ecological Knowledge Keepers and these educational materials have been designed for classrooms valley-wide. A comprehensive teacher’s resource guide has also been developed and classroom presentations and on-land learning tours for different age groups will be offered to interested teachers in 2021.

The book series and teacher’s resource guide align with the new BC Curriculum related to ecology, natural systems, water cycle and social sciences and to integrating Indigenous traditional science perspectives and knowledge.

Our COTA Pro-D workshop will feature two presenters representing both Syilx (Okanagan) traditional knowledge and the Western Science perspective and will give teachers an introduction to the Follow the Water Book Series and the accompanying Teacher’s Resource Guide. Harron Hall will read original Syilx stories and Eva Antonijevic will introduce the Teacher’s Guide and add information from the perspective of Western Science to topics addressed in the book series.

Preliminary research and discussions with teachers have demonstrated that supporting curriculum materials incorporating Syilx knowledge and N’syilxcən language is currently limited and much needed.

Our pilot Follow the Water classroom presentations, before COVID-19, were extremely well received.

Our session is designed to be interactive.

Link to the books: https://www.theytus.com/content/search?search_in%5B%5D=all&SearchText=harron

For further book series inquiries contact: Graham Angus, Operations Manager, Theytus Books
Email: graham@theytus.com
Target Audience: Teachers and students K to 5

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Eva Antonijevic

Coordinator, RDOS Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen
Eva Antonijevic (Contractor for RDOS) is a professional biologist with more than 20-years of experience conducting environmental education programing and organizing hands-on community projects. Currently, on behalf of the RDOS, Eva is working together with the En’owkin Centre on... Read More →
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Harron Hall

Coordinator, Enowkin Centre
Harron Hall (Education Curriculum Coordinator, En’owkin Centre) is an emerging writer from the Syilx and Nlaka'pamux Nations. Her work combines traditional storytelling methods with modern artistic expressions including performance art. Harron has a deep commitment to protect the... Read More →

Friday February 12, 2021 10:45am - 12:15pm PST