Exploring Place from an Aboriginal Perspective: Considerations for Outdoor and Environmental Education


  • Greg Lowan


This article reports on a recent study about Outward Bound Canada's Giwaykiwin program for Aboriginal youth. A key finding that emerged from the study was the need to design contemporary Aboriginal education programs based on a recognition of the evolution of Indigenous cultures and languages in close relationship with specific geographical areas. The implications of these findings are presented for both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal educators interested in incorporating an Aboriginal understanding of place in their practice. Recommendations are also provided for grounding outdoor and environmental education programs in local Indigenous traditions.

Author Biography

Greg Lowan

M.Ed Student, Lakehead University Editorial Assistant, Canadian Journal of Environmental education.