brendajoycegermainJoyce Germain and Brenda Germain are Nipugtugewei/ Forest Kindergarten educators, from Listuguj First Nation.

Joyce has been teaching Mi’gmaq immersion at Alaqsite’w Gitpu School for over 20 years, and has developed programs for Kindergarten and Grade 1 immersion (4-6 years old). Brenda has been teaching for more than 10 years, with specific expertise in early years curriculum development. Five years ago, they began Nipugtugewei Kindergarten, where mornings are spent in the classroom and afternoons are spent on the land. Both the in-class and outdoors components address provincial curriculum concepts in science, social studies, math, and language arts, as well as physical education. In the immersion stream of this program, all these subject areas include language-related and cultural learning outcomes.

Joyce and Brenda’s work has attracted a lot of attention from Indigenous educators, language educators, and nature-based educators alike, and they are regularly solicited to share their advice for creating outdoors programs that meet mainstream standards while nurturing their students’ well-being, as well as their linguistic and cultural development.

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Banner Nurturing Connections With Nature
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Sustainability Education Alliance of New Brunswick Provincial Conference

New Maryland Centre, 754 New Maryland Hwy, New Maryland

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How do we make meaningful connections with the environment that last a lifetime? “Bad news stories” can motivate change, but true stewardship comes from a deep bond with the environments and ecologies all around us.

At Nurturing Connections With Nature, we will explore ways in which to inspire compassion and caring for the natural world among students of all ages. How can we interact more meaningfully with the non-human world, both within and outside the classrooms? What are the ethics of bringing living beings into lesson plans? Who should learn about concepts like compassion and stewardship, and who is qualified teach them? Where can educators find support and resources to teach about these topics?

Join us as we explore a pedagogical approach to learning about the natural world, and develop practical skills to foster meaningful connections to nature.

9:00 Registration & Networking  
9:30 Welcome & Introductions Raissa Marks and Tzomi Burkhart, New Brunswick Environmental Network
9:40 News from the Sustainability Education Alliance Roland Chiasson, Nature NB
Nadine Ives, Conservation Council of NB
Susan O'Donnell, RAVEN Project
10:00 Setting the Stage: Making Connections and Finding Our Shared Humanity
Setting the Stage: Nurturing Connections with Nature
Darlene MacDonald, Roots of Empathy
Shannon Jones, Broadfork Organic Farm
10:30 Break  
10:45 Nipugtugewei Kindergarten  Joyce Germain and Brenda Germain, Nipugtugewei/ Forest Kindergarten educators, from Listuguj First Nation
11:30 Participatory Showcase I: Integrating Living Things Into Education Cory Herc, #RisingYouth
Jackie Walker, Hunstman Marine Centre
Michelle Thibault, Coordinator, Wolastoqiyik Environmental Pedagogy Training Center
Kelli-Nicole Croucher, Watershed Coordinator, EOS Eco-Energy
Tessa Doncaster, Fort Folly Habitat Recovery
12:15 Lunch  
1:00 Participatory Showcase II: Integrating Living Things Into Education Shawna LeBlanc, Education Coordinator, Éco-Centre Homarus Eco Centre
Vincent Guérette, District scolaire francophone Sud
Liza Barney, Education Program Coordinator, Bird Studies Canada
Cheyenne Currie, Engagement Coordinator, Nature Trust of NB
Tamara Sealy, Executive Director, Nutrients for Life
1:45 Panel: Tricks of the Trade - Bringing Life into your Classroom François LeBlanc, school garden and greenhouse, District scolaire francophone Sud
Teena Bishop, Anglophone School District West
Stacy Jones, Esgenoopetitj First Nation School
Moderator: Serge LaRochelle, Groupe de développement durable du Pays de Cocagne
2:30 Break  
2:45 Walk the Talk: Live Animals in (or out of) the Classroom Michelle Evans, Maritime College of Forestry Technology
3:15 Next Steps: Putting it into Action  
3:55 Wrap up and Moving Forward  

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Annual conference of the Sustainability Education Alliance of New Brunswick
Wednesday, October 24th, 2018
Centennial Park Rotary Lodge, Rotary Lodge Lane, Moncton (please note change in location!)

Art is powerful. Whether we are talking about paintings, photography, theatre, film – all of these can evoke strong emotions and lead to important dialogue. Why is it important to learn about and through art? How can we use art to spark conversations and motivate people – young and old – around environmental issues, social justice, and the similarities and differences that make us human?

Join us to explore these themes with artists, educators, and community leaders from across New Brunswick.

  • Understand the pedagogical reasons for using art to educate with Sabine Lebel, Assistant Professor of Culture and Media Studies at the University of New Brunswick
  • Explore the ways in which artists and educators are using art to spark dialogue on important issues
  • Gain insights on perspectives on urban and rural sustainability with Céline Surette, Université de Moncton, and Matt Rogers, University of New Brunswick
  • Enjoy a musical theatre performance about the life cycle of bees with Mario LeBreton and Delphine Porcherot, Le Pays de la Saguine

For teachers! Release time
for four teachers (two each from Anglophone & Francophone sectors) will be covered on a first-come, first-served basis.


Draft Agenda
8:30-9:00   Registration & Networking  
9:00-9:15 Ocean of Wisdom
Oceans of Wisdon Hokusai
Welcome & Introductions  
9:15-9:30 The Persistence of Memory
Salvador DaliThe Persistence of Memory Salvador Dali
What's new with the Sustainability Education Alliance? Raissa Marks, NB Environmental Network
Roland Chiasson, Nature NB
Nadine Ives, Conservation Council of NB
9:30-10:15 The Dream Bed
Frida KahloThe Dream Bed Frida Khalo
Sustainable Impact: Queering Art Education and the Environment Sabine LeBel, University of New Brunswick
10:15-10:30   Break  
10:30-11:00 Study of Hands
Leonardo da Vinci
Study of Hands Leonardo da Vinci
Perspectives on Sustainability: Urban and Rural Céline Surette, Université de Moncton
11:00-11:15 The Tree of Life
Gustav Klimt
The Tree of Life Gustav Klimt
Rural Action and Voices for the Environment (RAVEN) Project Matt Rogers, University of New Brunswick
11:15-11:45 Femme avec des fleurs
Romaine Brooks
Femme avec des fleurs Romaine Brooks
Using Art to Create Dialogue about Environmental Issues Marie Maltais, University of New Brunswick
11:45-12:00 Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird
Frida Kahlo
Artists in NB: Critical link between the environment and the public Julie Forgues, Université de Moncton
12:00-12:45 Le déjeuner
Claude Monet
Le déjeuner Claude Monet
12:45-1:25 Another World
M. C. Escher
Another World M.C. Escher
Art & the Great Outdoors Great Minds Think Outside trainers:
Roland Chiasson, Aster Group
Serge LaRochelle, Groupe de développement durable du Pays de Cocagne
Nadine Ives, Conservation Council of NB
1:25-2:15 Bal du moulin de la Galette,
Pierre-August Renoir
Bal du moulin de la Galette Pierre August Renoir
"Enchantment of the Bees" Musical Theatre Performance Mario LeBreton and Delphine Porcherot, Le Pays de la Sagouine
2:15-2:30   Break  
2:30-3:10 Le rêve
Pablo Picasso
Le reve 1932
Advancing Sustainability Education in New Brunswick through Art Group discussions
3:10-3:50 Café Terrace at night
Vincent van Gogh
Café Terrace at night Vincent van Gogh
Gallery Walk Photovoice: Women and Mining in Indonesia, Tracy Glynn, University of New Brunswick
ArtsSmarts with Andrea Gaujacq, NB Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
Exploring Fundy through videos with Jennifer Dingman, Fundy Biosphere Reserve
Productions Aulnes with Renelle LeBlanc and Danis Comeau
Photovoice: Cumulative Impacts in a Watershed, Wanzor Beaubrun, Université de Moncton
3:50-4:00   Wrap up   

Ducks Unlimited Classroom, 752 Union Street, Fredericton
December 13, 2018

Join us on December 13 to develop a plan to ensure that government implements the water strategy. Learn from other provinces and envision how New Brunswick can go forward.

No registration fee. Register here!

9:30 Registration & Networking  
10:00 Welcome and Introductions Raissa and Annika, New Brunswick Environmental Network
10:10 Update from Watershed Management  Working  Group

Review of the Water Strategy
Rémi Donelle, Shédiac Bay Watershed Association

Lois Corbett, Conservation Council of New Brunswick
10:50 Canadian Law Policy Chantalle Briggs & Alexandria Armstrong, University of New Brunswick Law Students
11:05 How do they do it: Review of integrated watershed management in other provinces Québec, David LeBlanc, Conseil de gestion environnementale de la rivière Restigouche
PEI, Angela Douglas (invited)
Alberta, Sarah Skinner, Battle River Watershed Association
11:50 How do we do it? What needs to happen to make sure the Water Strategy is implemented? 
12:30 Lunch  
1:30 How are we going to get there? Identifying action items
2:15 Risk Identification What are the possible unintended consequences of our plan?  What are the risks? What can we do to mitigate these risks?  
2:55 Closing Raissa and Annika, New Brunswick Environmental Network

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October 27-28, 2017

The Ville, 241 Canada Street, Fredericton

Assembly of All Groups:
A little information goes a long way and we can build on one another’s efforts.  Share key information with groups around the province and learn about other groups’ current issues, priorities, tools, and approaches. 

Mobilizing in Election Years: It’s never too early to start thinking about the next election.  New Brunswickers will go to the polls on September 24, 2018.  Tips & tools to help shine light on environmental protection.

Building Relationships: Relationships are always front and centre in our work.  One of our key goals is to build relationships between indigenous environmentalists and non-indigenous environmental groups.  How can we build on existing efforts to advance meaningful connections?

Annual General Meeting: We can accomplish a lot when we work together!  Hear about the latest successes and on-going collaborative initiatives happening under the NBEN umbrella and welcome new groups to the Network.

Draft Agenda

6:00-6:30 pm Registration & Networking
Light Refreshments
Silent Auction Opens
6:30-9:00 pm The Blanket Exercise  A powerful interactive learning experience that teaches Indigenous rights history
8:30-9:00 am Registration & Networking
Silent Auction
9:00-9:15 am Welcome & Introductions  
9:15-10:15 am

Annual General Meeting

Welcoming new groups

Steering Committee elections

Policy resolutions

Unveil new logo
10:15-10:45 am Assembly of All Groups I

Climate Change:

Energy East Pipeline, Lynaya Astephen, Red Head-Anthony's Cove Preservation Association

Adapting to climate change in south-eastern NB, Adam Cheeseman, Nature NB

Energy transition, Dorice Pinet, Imaginons la Péninsule acadienne autrement

Transitioning to a low-carbon economy, Sam Arnold, Sustainable Energy Group

Peace & Friendship Alliance, Lynaya Astephen, Red Head-Anthony's Cove Preservation Association

A just transition for workers, New Brunswick Federation of Labour

10:45-11:15 am Networking Break
Silent Auction
11:15 am-12:30 pm Assembly of All Groups II Biodiversity:

Meeting our international protected areas targets, Vanessa Roy-McDougall, Nature NB

Conservation on private land, Richelle Martin, Nature Trust of New Brunswick

Natural area conservation plans, Josh Noseworthy, Nature Conservancy of Canada

Facing the sale of a piece of Rockwood Park in Saint John AGAIN, Joan Pearce, Friends of Rockwood Park

Policy as a tool for preventing vehicle-wildlife collisions, Wanda Baxter, Sierra Club Canada Foundation - Atlantic Canada Chapter

30 Days of Biodiversity, Nadine Ives, Conservation Council of NB


Measuring forest cover loss, Frank Johnston, Conservation Council of NB

Municipal resolutions against glyphosate, Margo Sheppard, Council of Canadians – Fredericton Chapter

Environmental Health:

Impacts of resource development on health, Bonnie Hamilton Bogart, Voices for Sustainable Environments and Communities

Campus food strategy, Ashlyn Brownell, Fredericton Campus Food Strategy Group
12:30-1:30 pm Lunch
Silent Auction
1:30-2:45 pm Assembly of All Groups III Water:

Watershed strategy technical working group, Donald Killorn, Eastern Charlotte Waterways

Fish passage on the Tobique, John Bagnall,  St. John Basin Salmon Recovery Inc.

Citizen freshwater monitoring programs, Danielle St. Louis, Eastern Charlotte Waterways

Atlantic Data Stream, Simon Mitchell, WWF Canada

Management planning process for the Wolastoq watershed, Patricia Saulis, Maliseet Nation Conservation Council

Education & Engagement:

Wild Child Forest School, Heidi Verhuel, Sierra Club Canada Foundation - Atlantic Canada Chapter

Outdoor train-the-trainer program for teachers, Nadine Ives, Conservation Council of New Brunswick, Roland Chiasson, Aster Group, Charlotte Flores, Falls Brook Centre
2:45-3:15 pm Networking Break
Silent Auction
3:15-4:15 pm Mobilizing in Election Years Lois Corbett, Conservation Council of New Brunswick
4:15-4:20 pm Assembly of All Groups IV Water (continued):

Name restoration for the Wolastoq, Amanda LeBlanc, Under One Sky
4:20-4:50 pm Wrestling with Big Challenges Small Group Discussions:

Communication: Keeping it positive to bring people in.  Discussion led by Jon MacNeil, Conservation Council of NB and Dorice Pinet, Imaginons la Péninsule acadienne autrement

Transitioning to a low-carbon economy.  Discussion led by Raissa Marks, NBEN

Corporate capture.  Discussion led by Margo Sheppard, Council of Canadians Fredericton Chapter

Sustainable funding.  Discussion led by Vanessa Roy-McDougall, Nature NB

Climate change & mental health.  Discussion led by Amanda Marlin, EOS Eco-Energy
4:50-5:00 pm Wrap up  
5:00 pm Silent Auction Closes  

Scott Kidd, Julie Reimer, Joshua Augustine, Kenneth Francis, Brent Augustine, Phillip Blaney, Chris Fenwick, Marzipan Trahms, Samantha Robichaud, Emma Seamone, Francis Lortie, Christine Lemay, Nancy Juneau, Amanda LeBlanc, Dorice Pinet, Patricia Saulis, Michelle Gray, Serge Robichaud, Jennifer Calhoun, Brenda Kelley, Billie Joe Fowler, Corinne Hersey, Joanie Dubé, Heidi Verhuel, Julie Reimer, Raja Wetuschat, Aaron Fraser, Annika Chiasson, Ariane Juneau-Godin, Wanda Baxter, Vanessa Roy-McDougall, Margo Sheppard, Kristin Elton, Frank Johnston, Raissa Marks, Theresa Johnston,  Charlotte Flores, Bonnie Hamilton Bogart, Zaheera Denath, Anne Reed, Richelle Martin, Simon Mitchell, John Yauss, Amelia Moore, Adam Cheeseman, Nadine Ives, Samuel Arnold, Happyness Kana, Lee Reed, Chuck Rouse, Afton Conneely, Lynaya Astephen, Donald Killorn, Joan Pearce, Danielle St. Louis, Kelli-Nicole Croucher, Roy Ries, Kaleigh Holder, Lois Corbett, Roland Chiasson, Pascale Ouellette, Sabine Dietz, Ashlyn Brownell, Amanda Marlin, Josh Noseworthy, Jon MacNeil, Lindsay Gauvin, John Bagnall
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