What is SEEDs HAIDA GWAII?
We're a team of 23 passionate student teachers from Simon Fraser University (SFU) in British Columbia, Canada. As part of our training and to give back to another community in our province, we at SEEDs (Sustainability Education in an Environment of Diversity) have elected to participate in a service learning project in August 2012.
With the funds we raise, we will travel to B.C.'s Haida Gwaii (former Queen Charlotte Islands) to collaborate with the Haida Nation. Together, we will produce place-based curriculum for use in programs designed for aboriginal and at-risk youth. With your help, we will be able to continue developing a working relationship with one of B.C.'s more remote communities and will be honouring our belief that culturally diverse and regionally-specific education is important for building up students' commitment to their local environments, industries, and communities.
Our funding goals and signs of appreciation . . .
Our projected travel expenses (above and beyond SFU subsidization) are between $600-800 per student teacher.
Our goal is to off-set travel costs by raising $200 per participant, for a total of $4600. Additional funding above and beyond our needs will be prioritized for running community program activities.
For your support, we'd love to show our appreciation by sharing some commemorative items with you:
- Supporter: for $10 or more, you'll get a custom-designed SEEDs HAIDA GWAII pen
- Sponsor: for $40 or more, you'll get a pen and two photographs from our trip
- Patron: for $100 or more, you'll get a pen, two photographs, and a custom-designed SEEDs T-Shirt
Why we believe our project matters . . .
We want students in Haida Gwaii to know that their home matters. The material we co-produce will take into account local issues and concerns. Our approach is also inter-disciplinary, meaning that we will engage youth in their surroundings through all different types of interests and disciplines (natural and social sciences, humanities, and the arts).
We're not just imagining that service learning projects are an effective means of learning, collaborating, and teaching--we have a long history of implemented research backing us up. Our project belongs to Canada's oldest, most established Summer Institute in Environmental Education. With an inter-disciplinary approach, we look to engage youth in nature by considering the environment through the perspectives of the natural and social sciences, humanities, economics, and the arts.
Spread the word about SEEDs Haida Gwaii . . .
We know sometimes helping out financially isn't always possible, but there are other ways to help us out!
Spread the word, however you might: share the link to this page on Facebook, email, Twitter, or even across the dinner table tonight.
Finally, keep an eye out for campaign updates. We'd love for you to follow our progress and even our journey as we make our way to Haida Gwaii!