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Creation Kinship, World on Turtle's Back by Janice Brant

Creation Kinship, World on Turtle's Back by Janice Brant

The Queen's University Indigenous Land-based Learning STEM (QUILLS) Program is funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Promoscience program, the Queen's University Biological Station (QUBS), Community Foundation of Kingston and Area, and the Mathematics, Science, Technology, and Education (MSTE) Group. This funding is creating five STEM Learning Bundles bringing together Indigenous land-based knowledge, Ontario Science curriculum outcomes, and locally conducted STEM studies. QUILLS is a collaborative project, drawing on the expertise of local Indigenous knowledge holders, teachers, and Queen’s STEM faculty, and is geared towards integrating the themes of the biodiversity crisis, global climate change, traditional Indigenous knowledge systems and the environment, invasive species, and contaminants in the environment. In addition to the Learning Bundles, tailored to grades 7-10, QUBS is also creating short videos to accompany each bundle, and facilitating professional development sessions for local teachers in the Limestone District School Board and Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Boards. Stay tuned for the release of these locally-focused, decolonized STEM learning resources in Spring 2022!

Learning Bundles:

Grade 7: Plants and the Biodiversity Crisis

Grade 8: Water and Contaminants in the Environment

Grade 9: Tools and the Impact of Invasive Species

Grade 10: Food and the Impact of Climate Change

All Grades: Indigneous Knowledge Systems and the Environment


The Queen’s University Biological Station acknowledges that reconciliation is a long-term process and that it is the responsibility of all Canadians to reflect on the ways in which they can contribute to meaningful change. Working alongside the local Indigenous community, QUBS is committed to active learning and engagement in truth and reconciliation work through a number of projects including the Queen's University Indigenous Land-based Learning STEM (QUILLS) Program.