QUILLS Professional Development Session

We invite you to attend the inaugural Professional Development workshop for the Queen’s University Indigenous Land-based Learning STEM (QUILLS) program. 

This workshop is targeted for elementary and secondary educators that are interested in incorporating Indigenous Land-based knowledge into their teaching practices and pedagogy. The interdisciplinary bundles from this program are written for grades 7-10 but all teachers are welcome.

This session will run from 9:30 AM on Friday, April 21st and ending at 4:00 PM on Saturday, April 22nd. An elective Friday evening program is offered (7-8:30pm). Overnight accommodations are available for anyone wishing to stay overnight ($50+HST). 

Sessions over the weekend include:

  • The foundational role of reciprocity, interdependence, and holism in Indigenous ways of knowing and being;  
  • The Honorable Harvest;  
  • Cultivating relations of reciprocity with the land;  
  • The role of language and storytelling in STEM teaching;  
  • Relationship building and involving Indigenous community members in the learning process;  
  • Cultural appropriation vs. appreciation;  
  • The role of allies in decolonizing STEM teaching and learning;  
  • Problematizing and deepening land acknowledgements;  
  • Where and how to access QUILLS Learning Bundles and videos.  

This is also an opportunity to network and build relationships with other teachers in your community. An evening bonfire will follow the Friday programming.

Dinner on Friday will be provided. Lunches and breakfast are not provided during the workshop. You will have access to our fully stocked kitchen in the main Pavilion for all meal preparation over the two days. Please bring your own food and snacks. Coffee and tea will be provided.

Optional Cabin Rental ($50+HST)

As part of the workshop, participants have the opportunity to stay overnight in one of our cabins for $50+HST.

All identical, each cabin is serviced with electricity for light and baseboard heat. Each cabin has a sitting area, as well as a non-serviced kitchen area will a full-sized fridge with freezer, as well as a countertop and shelves. Cabins have two bedrooms, one with a double bed and the other with a single bed bunked over a double bed. When booking a cabin for this workshop, you will be given one of the private rooms in the cabin. Click here to view our facility.

As the centre of the ELEEC facility is the Pavilion, a common space housing a fully-equipped self-use kitchen (including pots, plates, utensils), dining/meeting space, and washrooms with showers. Guests are also welcome to cook on the propane BBQ outside the building.

There will be some opportunities for guests to explore the property’s 8 km of pedestrian trails and socialize around the campfire at the communal fire pit.

For any other questions, please contact us.

You can also refer to our user guide for more information about the facility and staying overnight.

Thank you to our partners and sponsors:

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. 

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