Natural Curiosity Webinar Part 2: A Covid-Look At the Indigenous Lens on Natural Curiosity

Natural Curiosity Webinar Part 2: A Covid-Look At the Indigenous Lens on Natural Curiosity

Book authors Doug Anderson, Julie Comay, Lorraine Chiarotto


World Rights
Publication date: September 2020
ISBN 978077272644X
Our price: $10.00
Author's bio

The second webinar in Natural Curiosity's four-part webinar series highlights an Indigenous lens on the current crisis in education. A COVID-look at the Indigenous Lens on Natural Curiosity (recorded on September 17th, 2020) was joined by Krista Spence, Teacher-Librarian at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Laboratory School, who shared the students' living land acknowledgment, and guest speakers Doug Anderson, the Author of the Indigenous lens in Natural Curiosity 2nd Edition, and Maria Vamvalis, an experienced TDSB Teacher and critical thinking education consultant, currently writing her PhD in transformative climate change education. This webinar was co-hosted by Brenda Simon, Rosa Na, and Asha Bruce of the Natural Curiosity team.

Indigenous perspectives, land-based learning and inquiry, sitting in friendship within the Natural Curiosity framework, invite us to embrace the outdoors and our local environment as another teacher. In this webinar, Doug and Maria share their knowledge and expertise in decolonizing pedagogy as we venture outdoors to protect the health and wellbeing of students and teachers.

If you are wondering how to continue this learning, please visit ( and consider attending the remaining two webinars in this series over September and early October.

Part 3: Using Schoolgrounds Effectively to Enrich Learning

Part 4: Seeing Your Local Environment as a Place of Knowledge Building

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Doug Anderson, Co-author of Natural Curiosity 2nd Edition: The Importance of Indigenous Perspectives in Children’s Environmental Inquiry

Doug Anderson is Métis (Bungee). His family is originally from Reedy Creek and Kinesota, Manitoba, and BC, and he grew up in Ontario. He has been the Creative and Strategic Director at Invert Media since 2003 and has consulted on Indigenous education and program development across Canada for over 25 years. Since 2001, he has been devoted to research and writing on Indigenous histories and cultures, translating them to contemporary education systems and media. Since 2010, his focus has been on learning in the land, mostly in the city. He enjoys designing new ethical platforms for Indigenous knowledge, and is committed to supporting the preservation of these forms of knowledge as models for thinking and problem solving in the 21st century. Doug worked at both the government and community levels for many years in the development, delivery and evaluation of learning programs, and has many years of front line experience in building learning and training opportunities for community members of all ages and levels of learning.

Maria Vamvalis, PhD Candidate at OISE (Pedagogies for the Climate Emergency), Educator, Facilitator and Curriculum Developer

Maria Vamvalis is the daughter of Greek immigrants and grew up in Ontario. She is a well-respected educator, having taught in the public school system for over a decade. In addition, she is a facilitator and curriculum consultant who works at the intersections of the climate emergency, equity, racial justice, decolonization, complex problem solving and progressive, transformative change both locally and globally. She has worked with diverse educational and social change organizations including IFEX (The International Freedom of Expression Network), the Mahatma Gandhi Centre for Peace and Sustainable Development (UNESCO), I-Think, and school boards across the country with the Critical Thinking Consortium.

Maria is currently a PhD candidate at OISE at the University of Toronto where she is researching approaches to teaching and learning that support youth agency and well-being in the context of the climate crisis. Having been inspired by important teachers in her life, Maria deeply believes that placing both present and future generations of all our relations at the centre of our actions will lead to the collaborative, progressive, transformative change we need.