1. A Kids’ Guide to Canada – By Kids, For Kids

(This is the 1st post of 3)

Well, we finally received official word last week from the Canada150 folks.

The project Ron Canuel and I submitted last May through the Canadian Education Association aimed at helping all the elementary school-aged children of Canada celebrate our 150th birthday next year in a meaningful way — with a special focus on connecting  our Indigenous and non-Indigenous kids with each other — was not selected as a national “Signature Initiative.”

So I’ve been really struggling the last few weeks over whether to try to pursue the whole idea relying on the leadership and help of teachers across Canada, or whether to just let it all go and let it die…

But I just can’t do it. The project’s received too much positive response and support from educators and non-educators alike all year long!

So knowing I have nothing else on my plate right now, and I’ll still be able to afford to eat (this was never about getting money), and hearing that the Canada150 folks don’t know of any other national education projects right now, or any connecting kids across Canada to celebrate together, nor any specifically connecting Indigenous and non-Indigenous kids…  For better or worse, I guess this is what I have to offer right now. And this is what I can offer right now. So I guess this is mine to do right now. I know my fellow teachers get it, and that they’ll help to make it happen for as many kids as we possible can.

 “I can.  I will.  End of story.”  

So stay tuned. With the help of a whole lot of passionate teachers from every corner of Canada, “A Kids’ Guide to Canada – By Kids and For Kids” — here we come!

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Want to help?  Achieving a very big dream will need a very big team.

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About Cathy Beach

Recently retired elementary teacher and outdoor educator in rural Ontario, Canada. My Olympic Journeys may be over, but they lead me into some very exciting adventures with teachers and kids and the world of connected learning...
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