TALL Lecture Series: Bringing climate injustices to the forefront--Learning from the youth climate justice movement

Event Date: 
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 9:30am to 11:15am EST
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Starting Wednesday, November 3, our fall/winter TALL Thunder Bay series explore the dilemma of Climate ACTION: What/Now? Five Canadian experts will join us to discuss what climate action is and what we can do as a society in the face of a climate crisis.

Date(s): Wednesdays

Time: 9:30 am to 11:15 am

Price: $59 (plus HST)

Ellen Field Allie Rougeot holds a megaphone at a demonstration

Dr. Ellen Field and Allie Rougeot
Wednesday, Nov. 17

What is the youth climate justice movement? Does it have a role in formal education? Should it have an impact on policy development? Dr. Ellen Field will discuss key thematic ideas inherent within the youth climate justice movement and the implications for transforming current formal education and policy development in this lecture. Specifically, she will discuss what adults can learn from the youth climate justice movement and will be joined by youth climate activist Allie Rougeot.

Dr. Ellen Field is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at Lakehead University. Her research interests are in policy and practice of climate change education in the Canadian K-12 system. Dr. Field has a strong background in survey development and implementation, educational tool development and stakeholder engagement. She is engaged with Ministries, school boards, teachers and community members, co-leads an online community on Climate Change Education in Canada. She teaches Environmental Education (BEd) and Climate Change Education (MEd) in the Faculty of Education, and has engaged 800 teachers in professional development workshops in the last several years. Ellen is an Associate Editor of the Canadian Journal of Environmental Education and co-chair of the Canadian Regional Hub of Monitoring and Evaluation of Climate Change Education (MECCE).

Aliénor (Allie) Rougeot has been a human rights advocate since a very young age, focusing on climate justice since high school. She co-founded the group Fridays for Future Toronto and, with her co-organizers, she led the large youth climate strikes in late 2019. She uses public speaking to raise awareness of the urgency of the climate crisis, discuss the solutions that are available to us as a society, and empower others to join the fight for climate justice. She recently graduated from the  University of Toronto with an Economics and Public Policy Degree and now works at Environmental Defence. For her work, she has been recognized by The Starfish in the 25 under 25 Environmentalists, and by Corporate Knights in their 30 Under 30 Sustainability Leaders.

An Introduction to Making Solar Energy Work

Event Date: 
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 - 9:30am to 10:30am EDT
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During this short presentation, participants will learn about photovoltaic (PV) panels and how to use them. The basic math and physics that's necessary to understand the different specifications of solar panels will be explained. Additionally, we will discuss how a solar panel can work effectively with a battery to store energy for when it's needed. This activity can be adapted for use in the classroom.

Chris Murray obtained his Ph.D. in Physics in 2007 (University of Guelph) and has worked at Lakehead University since 2010. He currently teaches Physics to students in the Lakehead/Georgian partnership programs in APLS and Electrical Engineering, who attend the Barrie campus. He is the faculty coordinator for Lakehead Orillia's Let's Talk Science site, which ran more than 140 separate science sessions for thousands of elementary and secondary school students in the 2020/2021 school year.

Teaching and Learning Week

Event Date: 
Monday, October 25, 2021 - 9:00am EDT to Friday, October 29, 2021 - 4:00pm EDT
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In support of the recently announced Year of Climate Action, we are excited to announce that the theme for this year’s Teaching and Learning Week (October 25-27th) is climate pedagogy, which will provide focused professional development for faculty and instructors.


Toyo University Online Workshop: Learning about the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through games

Event Date: 
Friday, October 22, 2021 - 8:00pm to 9:30pm EDT
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Are you interested in the UN Sustainable Development Goals? Do you like games? We are organizing a fun online workshop where you can meet students from Toyo University and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, and learn about the UN SDGs through card games!

 Workshop includes:

  • Fun card games that enhance understanding of the SDGs
  • Group discussions
  • Receive $25 Lakehead Bookstore Gift Card for participation
  • Earn points toward Lakehead Global Certificate Program

When? Oct 22nd at 8 pm Eastern Time (Online)

Limited spots are available!

Email: coordinator.sustainability@lakeheadu.ca to register.  

Closing Ceremonies and "Activist Pedagogy and the Two Other R-Words"

Event Date: 
Friday, October 29, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:30am EDT
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MC: Dr. Rhonda Koster

Speaker: Dr. Gerald Walton, Distinguished Instructor Award Winner

Activist pedagogy and the two other r-words

Reflecting his own experiences and what he has learned from others, Gerald Walton argues that despite gains for social justice, campus spaces continue to be pervaded by unacknowledged privilege and social inequities. He describes himself as someone who “lives and works in privilege” in some ways but not in other ways. With examples from his own teaching, Gerald makes an argument for how privilege remains a mostly-untapped source of social equity, both on campus and elsewhere.

Gerald Walton’s experiences in life, including as a student and professor, reflect the contradictions of being both insider and outsider, and fitting in and not fitting in. As a Professor in the Faculty of Education at Lakehead University, he brings his experiences with identity and social inclusion and exclusion to his teaching. Winner of the 2018 Advising and Mentoring Award from the Canadian Association of Foundations of Education, Gerald earned a PhD from Queen’s University in 2006 and joined Lakehead University in 2008. Gender, social difference, and skill development at the graduate level are the main areas of his teaching. He had no idea that, despite challenges, his appointment at Lakehead University would be the most satisfying work experience of his life.

Integrating Climate Change into Your Teaching at Lakehead Part 1

Event Date: 
Thursday, October 28, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am EDT
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What are you, or do you wish you were, doing about climate change in your teaching? Join us for this interactive session where we briefly describe the urgent need for climate action and then open the floor to discuss what climate change education is already happening and how we can infuse more in our teaching across our campuses. We will also weave into our discussion research-informed best practices of climate change education that move beyond knowledge and understanding to fostering leadership and action.

***please note that part two will be held in the new year.


Dr. Paul Berger

Dr. Ellen Field

Aki Gakinoomaagewin – Teachings (Learning) from the Earth (Land): Climate Pedagogy?

Event Date: 
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm EDT
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Eliminating violence in our approaches to education requires the privileging of Indigenous worldviews through Aki Gakinoomaagewin based on Anishinaabeg traditions founded on Indigenous Activity Based Learning. Examples will be provided of how we are employing Aki Gakinoomaagewin to transform our teacher training programs at Lakehead University that privilege Anishinaabeg ways of learning embracing respect for Aki. Can this type of approach be considered a form of climate pedagogy?

Dr. Paul Cormier is a member of Lake Helen First Nations / Red Rock Indian Band in Northern Ontario. He holds a PhD in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Manitoba, a MA in Conflict Analysis and Management from Royal Roads University, and a BEd in Elementary Education from McGill University. His research interests include Indigenous peace building, traditional Indigenous education systems, and considering research as a process for peace building in Indigenous contexts. Paul is an Associate Professor, and Chair in Aboriginal education at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay Ontario Canada.

Teaching and Learning Week: Insights from Interdisciplinary, Experiential, and Place-based Climate Education

Event Date: 
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 - 11:30am to 12:30pm EDT
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Join us to hear three unique perspectives on interdisciplinary, experiential, and place-based climate change education. During this moderated panel discussion, each panellist will share specific examples and insights to inspire and inform your teaching and learning.

The format will be a moderated panel discussion with time for questions from the audience.


Dr. Lindsay Galway - Lakehead University

Dr. Margot Parkes - University of Northern British Columbia

Dr. Thomas Beery - Kristianstad University (Sweden)

Moderated by Dr. Connie Russell, Lakehead University

Opening Ceremonies and Welcome to Teaching and Learning Week 2021

Event Date: 
Monday, October 25, 2021 - 11:30am to 1:00pm EDT
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Join us as we launch Teaching and Learning Week 2021. In support of the recently declared Year of Climate Action, we are excited to announce that the theme for this year’s Teaching and Learning Week (October 25-29) is climate pedagogy. The week will provide focused professional development for faculty and instructors.

The launch will include an opening prayer from an Elder, and remarks from Dr. David Barnett (Provost and Vice-President, Academic), and Nemma Swatton, Rory Smith, and Brook Ailey, grade twelve students at Superior CVI High School and members of Fridays for Future Thunder Bay. The launch will conclude with a keynote address from Dr. Elin Kelsey. Dr. Rhonda Koster (Deputy Provost) will MC this event.

Keynote Address: Why Hope Matters to Climate Action in the Age of Eco-Anxiety and Climate Doom

In this keynote, Elin Kelsey PhD makes a compelling case for why evidence-based hope is so critical to teaching and learning for climate action. She'll share approaches and sources to integrate real world climate change solutions into our educational practices in ways that enable us to move beyond the eco-anxiety and disempowerment of doom and gloom towards meaningful engagement. 

Dr. Elin Kelsey, PhD, is an author, scholar and passionate leader in the evidence-based hope and climate change solutions movement. Her newest book for adults, Hope Matters: Why Changing the Way We Think Is Critical For Solving The Environmental Crisis was published by Greystone Books in 2020.

Depave Workshop

Event Date: 
Friday, June 7, 2019 - 1:00pm EDT to Sunday, October 17, 2021 - 4:00pm EDT
Event Location: 
Lakehead U Greenhouse