Listening to the Land

An Introduction to Environmental Justice and Storytelling

Over the years, the IEJ project has been collaborating with the Faculty of Environmental Studies on their High School Outreach program that focuses primarily on inspiring environmental change and social justice projects at local high schools in the GTA. (To learn more about this initiative, or to request a class visit to your school, please visit the *FES High School Outreach Website* (https://fes.yorku.ca/high-school-outreach/)). In this workshop, participants connected with the IEJ Project to explore stories of the land. The question of how Indigenous storytelling may provide guidance on achieving justice and resolving environmental issues was addressed. We also considered how Indigenous and non-Indigenous people might move toward reconciliation through storytelling. Finally, we asked participants, “What stories can you tell?”

All of these questions and more were addressed through our hands-on, thought-invoking workshop. Through Anishinaabe storytelling, free association and environmental thought, our student-led workshop got youth thinking about environmental impacts in their communities and schools in a safe, encouraging atmosphere.

Indigenous Environmental Justice Workshop, with Jayce Chiblow, Max Klein, Nasreen Hussain and Mika Mackinnon at Elmvale District High School, October 15 & 22, 2018 in Elmvale, ON

Indigenous Environmental Justice Workshop, with Jayce Chiblow, Max Klein, Mika Mackinnon and Nasreen Hussain at Stephen Lewis Secondary School, December 10, 2018 in Mississauga, ON

Indigenous Environmental Justice Workshop, with Max Klein and Nasreen Hussain with the School of Life Experience Alternative School, December 12, 2018 at York University *

Listening to the Land Workshop, with Jayce Chiblow and Nasreen Hussain with École Ronald- Marion High School, March 20, 2019 at York University

Indigenous Environmental Justice Workshop, with Jayce Chiblow, Max Klein, Nasreen Hussain and Aamina Masood at Pierre Elliot Trudeau High School, April 9, 2019 in Markham, ON

Indigenous Environmental Justice/Water is Life Workshop, with Jayce Chiblow, Dale Hamilton, Mika Mackinnon and Alina Lariviere at Baycrest Public School, June 21, 2019 in Toronto, ON

Indigenous Environmental Justice Workshop, with Jayce Chiblow at the Standing Bear Leadership Camp hosted by the Indigenous Sports and Wellness Council of Ontario, August 21, 2019 in Peterborough, ON

Indigenous Environmental Justice Workshop, with Jayce Chiblow, Dale Hamilton and Mika Mackinnon at the School of Life Experience Alternative School, November 12, 2019 in Toronto, ON

Indigenous Environmental Justice Workshop, with Jayce Chiblow, Dale Hamilton and Mika Mackinnon at Holy Name of Mary College, October 21, 2019 in Mississauga, ON

Indigenous Environmental Justice Workshop, with Jayce Chiblow in association with the Council of Agencies Serving South Asians, December 2 & 10, 2019 in Brampton, ON

Elmvale (Photo Credit: Max Klein) Photo by Sophia Troop École Ronald-Marian (Photo Credit: Jayce Chiblow) Photo by Sophia Troop Baycrest Public School, (Photo Credit: Jayce Chiblow) Photo by Sophia Troop Stephen Lewis S.S (Photo Credit: Max Klein) Photo by Sophia Troop Standing Bear Leadership Camp (Photo Credit: Jayce Chiblow) Photo by Sophia Troop