What is my eco-identity? My eco-identity is something I question ever day. It is difficult for me to consider myself as something. When I talked about my eco-identity in my blog post #3, I related it to a memory I had when I was back home. Now I do not know what or where “home” is. I was born and raised in Alberta. The environment there is beautiful in some areas because of the hills, forests and especially the mountains. Coming to Saskatchewan is a little bit different. I drove home to Camrose, AB last weekend and for once I focused on the landscape throughout my drive. I did not realize how different Alberta and Saskatchewan were until I crossed over the Alberta border. I then drove through many areas, which were surrounded, by trees and hills unlike in Saskatchewan. In Saskatchewan bond, all I have seen is flat fields around the highway. I believe there are places in Saskatchewan that are just as beautiful as some of the places I’ve been in Alberta, but that is something that I still have to experience. It makes me sad to see what I left in Alberta. It seems crazy to me that so much can change between provinces. From living in Alberta my whole life, it assures me I want to go back after my schooling.
Being in Regina has opened up new ideas and perspectives to me. It allows to me become more aware of the environment and Treaty Education. I am gaining new knowledge every day when it comes to Treaty Education. From having the opportunity to create a lesson plan for Morgan’s class, it allowed me to look into Treaty Education curriculum. It is easy to connect the Treaty Education outcomes into activities and lesson plans if you take time to do so. Before I did not think Treaty Education was important, but now being in Regina for almost 2 years and learning about Treaty Education in almost all my classes, it makes me more aware to the importance. It is important because we are all Treaty people, whether we want to acknowledge that or not. David Orr statement that “all education is Environmental Education,”(Orr, 12) leads to the idea the Treaty Education connects to Environmental Education. I believe that Environmental Education allows teachers and students to be more mindful. In the reading “Leave No Child Inside,” it mentions a situation where parents are afraid to let their children play outside. No one should be afraid to go outside, being outside is a way to express yourself in a new way.
From tracing my roots back to my home and my blog post 3, being outside was one of the best parts of my childhood. I loved to be outside no matter what the weather was like. If I was outside making snowmen or swimming in lakes, I enjoyed being outside. Environmental education is a part of me and will be apart of my future. I realized from a poststructuralist and eco-feminist perspective that I can be who ever I want in nature and can work towards things I believe in.