What is Canadian Ocean Literacy? A Community Perspective Essay

Anne Stewart


This essay is crafted out of the many responses to the question “What is Canadian Ocean Literacy?”, which was asked of participants during dialogues, workshops, and conferences facilitated by the Canadian Network for Ocean Education (CaNOE) between 2013 and 2018. CaNOE is a (sea)grassroots, volunteer-run, non-profit society that works to advance ocean literacy in Canada by stimulating dialogue and communication about ocean literacy and by celebrating and showcasing current efforts in ocean literacy. CaNOE supports its cross-Canada membership of educators, community practitioners, and supporters through communication, national conferences, training opportunities, and learning resources. The response given here is only a starting place that may help shape what Canadian ocean literacy becomes in the third decade of the 21st century.

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