John Abbott College’s Land-Based Learning Project: Indigenous Knowledge and Carbon Sequestration by Trees (E/SI)

April 30, 2024 15:45 - 16:45 Macleod Hall AView map

Last spring, John Abbott College (Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec) launched a Land-Based Learning project, which braids together Indigenous Knowledge and Western science through the lens of two-eyed seeing and in the context of the Climate and Ecological Emergency. It consists of two parts joined together in a cohesive unit: a Microforest and a First People’s Garden. The project will serve as a living lab, an outdoor learning area, a place for ceremony and elder teachings, and a space for enjoying and appreciating the outdoors. It will enhance biodiversity on our campus and sequester greenhouse gases, in addition to providing other ecosystem services. In this campfire session, members from the project committee will speak about the impactful community-based planning process that was used to engage students and employees at John Abbott, followed by an exploration of accessible tools and techniques which can be used to calculate greenhouse gas reduction and sequestration. This second half would include an explanation of the procedure, followed by an interactive demonstration. We encourage the audience to actively participate in learning how to apply this technique during the presentation, by providing them with the necessary measurements and tools.

Stream: Leading Sustainability

This stream will examine how colleges and institutes can expand their leadership role in contributing to the SDGs and ensuring sustainability across multiple sectors. Sessions will be guided by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to include areas like curriculum development, solutions-oriented approaches to applied research, and designing smart green campuses. Sessions will also look at strategies that colleges and institutes are implementing to deliver a just and green transition to a net zero future.


Shannon Coulter-Low
MA, Chair of Sustainability Office | John Abbott College
Chris Levesque
Faculty, Biology Department | John Abbott College
Kim Tekakwitha Martin
Dean of Indigenous Education, Transition Programs and Criminology Intervention | John Abbott College

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