Nuc̓ama:t (Working as One) From Hul̓q̓umín̓um̓, a beach ecosystem exploration.

Ocean Networks Canada and Indigenous Education at Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools are please to present the newest module in the Ocean Sense program, Nuc?ama:t �i c?ic?uwatl �i iyatl. Ocean Sense is a novel education program that invites communities, educators, and students to discover the ocean through multiple ways of knowing - ocean science, Indigenous knowledge, and data exploration. This newest module includes an in depth look at plankton which connects the biosphere, hydrosphere, and Earth's daily rotation. We will share key lessons and activities from the module, including "Xeel's the Creator" told by Squtxulenuhw (George Seymour) of the Stz'uminus First Nation. The concept of the sustainability of systems is central to the learning in this module as well as to the meaning of the Hul?q?umi?n?um? term Nuc?ama:t �i c?ic?uwatl �i iyatl which means working together as one with positive relationships.

NOTE: This module uses the Hul?q?umi?n?um? orthography from the Snuneymuxw First Nation.

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10:15 AM - 11:45 AM

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  • SD63 and Ocean Networks Canada
    Monika Pelz

    Monika is a part-time teacher on call in Saanich, as well as K-12 Education Coordinator at Ocean Networks Canada.  Known for her dry wit and dedication to teaching and learning, she has taught in a variety of settings and enjoys connecting students to the wider world. When in need of a pick-me-up, she likes calling in sick to places she's never worked and taping “voice activated” signs to new equipment around the office.

  • Ocean Networks Canada
    Lauren Hudson


    Lauren Hudson joined ONC's Learning and Community Engagement department as a K-12 Education Coordinator in the summer of 2019 after spending over a decade in the classroom. She is a teacher with a passion for science education. We have so much to learn about our incredible oceans, and Lauren believes that exploring and connecting with the ocean are foundational experiences that will drive us to take care of our planet. As such, Lauren enjoys kayaking and any other activity that gets her outside, from teaching a class outside to cycling and hiking in her spare time.