Culminating Activity: Becoming a Change Maker

After communicating with local Indigenous and non-Indigenous leadership, students propose a plan for how to deal with a local climate change issue. Students are provided with different options for how they will demonstrate their understanding.

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Culminating Activity: Becoming a Change Maker


•Computers with internet connection •Materials students require to demonstrate/show their understanding

Students will contact community leadership about a climate change related issue that they feel is important. Leadership should include local Indigenous community leaders as well as their MP and/or mayor etc. Students will be expected to express their understanding of the issue using drawing on Indigenous land-based and Western Scientific examples. Students will also outline an action plan that can be followed to address the issue (eg: the steps required to plant a tiny forest to sequester carbon etc.). Students should be given options for how they would like to showcase their understanding ie: comic book, poetry, prose, video, etc.

The following tasks should be completed:

  • Describe the problem from different lenses (government, corporation, student, Indigenous communities etc.).
  • Determine the local/national/global impacts/outcomes of the problem.
  • Decide what policy changes need to happen to address the problem.
  • Explain how Indigenous ways of knowing, being and relating to the land help guide the action that needs to be taken.
  • Articulate how individuals help guide the action that needs to be taken.
  • Present an action plan intended to enact change (i.e. step by step).
  • Explain how the change helps to restore relations of reciprocity with the natural world.