2014 Place-Based Learning in Huu-ay-aht Territories

Registration for 2014 is now closed.

Summer Institute at Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre

“Anthropologists, geographers, and historians have demonstrated the enduring power of landscape features to act as points of reference for communicating tacit knowledge.” (J.Cruikshank, 2005, p. 11)

As outdoor learning, environmental education, sustainability education, and so on gain traction in schools, institutions of higher learning, and other educational contexts, conceived of as a means to connect students locally and globally, and to promote social and ecological justice, what does place-based learning have to offer us?

On the west coast of Vancouver Island, Nuu-chah-nulth peoples, including Huu-ay-aht First Nation, have occupied their homelands along the mountains and seas for thousands of years. This extended land and water tenure is reflected in a multitude of ways, through narratives, songs, ceremonies, family lines, and place names. In relatively recent times (since the mid-nineteenth century), Huu-ay-aht people have shared this enduring landscape with waves of newcomers.

The Village of Bamfield itself is an instrumental part of the British Columbia history, having served at various times as a key trans-Pacific cable terminus, fishing village, start/end point for the West Coast Trail, research marine station, and eco-tourist destination.

In the context of this rich history and present, this intensive two-week immersion offers undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to engage directly in the realm of place-based learning.

The course is structured around foundational questions, such as, “How are people and place connected in this unique landscape” and “What is the relationship between land, water, history, and contemporary revitalization efforts in the region?”

Through incorporating various forms of experiential learning and student field projects, the course aims to enhance students’ understanding of the social, cultural, political, economic, and recreational significance of coastal eco-places for local communities. Full Course Outline.

Dr. Tracy Friedel

Assistant Professor
Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy

I am descended from the nehiyaw-speaking Métis people of manitow sâkâhikan [Lac St. Anne in central Alberta]. I acknowledge myself as a guest in Coast Salish territory, and offer many thanks for the opportunity to live and work on UBC’s Vancouver campus – the traditional, ancestral lands of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓-speaking xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam – People of the River Grass).

My research interests include First Nation and Métis experience in the realm of work and learning, decolonizing research at the intersection of health and education, nehiyaw-Métis oral histories, and Indigenous-focused outdoor/land/place-based education. As part of this latter interest, I have  previously worked with community-based partners in the Lower Mainland of BC, and Haida Gwaii, to create meaningful academic service learning experiences for UBC graduate students. Full Bio.

Huu-ay-aht Territories

Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre
100 Pachena Rd | Bamfield, BC
Map & Travel Info

July 21–August 1, 2014

9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Step 1. Apply to Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre (BMSC)

To participate in this program, you must first apply through BMSC for approval to take the course.

  • Submit your application to Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre; applications are accepted until the program’s capacity is reached.
  • For assistance, please contact Nicole Gerbrandt.
  • Participants who are approved to take the course will receive instructions for proceeding to Step 2.

Step 2. Register with UBC

Once your application is approved by BMSC, there are several pathways for participation in this program. The fees for the program will depend on your registration type.

Non-Credit Registration & Fees

  • Non-Credit Participation | Fees: $550

Once you have received confirmation of acceptance to the course, you will receive an online registration link from pro-d.educ@ubc.ca. Full payment is required with your online registration in order to reserve your space. We accept payment by credit card or debit card.

Refund Policy for Non-Credit Applications: If you would like to withdraw from a course, please submit written notice by June 16 to be eligible for a refund (less a $60 administration fee). No refund will be made for cancellations received later than this date, unless a course is cancelled by UBC Faculty of Education.

FAQs: Review the FAQs for Non-Credit Course Registration.

UBC Student Registration

To register in the course for credit, students must be admitted to the UBC Faculty of Education (Vancouver campus);
please see "Admission to UBC" below. Once admitted, students may register in either of the options listed below.

Current UBC students can register for Graduate or Undergraduate credit courses through the Student Service Centre, using their Campus Wide Login.

  • Graduate Course (3.0 credits)
    EDCP 532 96A | Theories and Dimensions of Place-Based Education: Ecohumanist, Critical, and Indigenous Lenses
    Graduate student fees apply; see details below.
  • Undergraduate Course (3.0 credits)
    EDCP 467E 96A | Special Topics in Curriculum and Pedagogy - SP TPCS C&P
    Undergraduate student fees apply; see details below.

For current UBC tuition, visit UBC Tuition Fees for the Education per credit tuition fees.

UBC Students

For current tuition information please refer to the UBC Calendar.

Visiting Graduate Students

Visiting graduate students who wish to take credit courses must register for those courses and will be assessed tuition fees at the prevailing graduate per credit rate, plus authorized student fees.

Tuition fees are subject to review by The University of British Columbia. The Western Deans Agreement does not apply to this course.

Tuition Fee Certificates

Current UBC students may use Tuition Fee Certificates toward tuition or non-credit fees. The certificates do not cover the cost of course materials, texts, or other fees. Contact Professional Development & Community Engagement for more information:
604.822.2013 | pdce.educ@ubc.ca

Admission to UBC

To register in the course for credit, students must be admitted to the UBC Faculty of Education (Vancouver campus).

Admission to UBC

Undergraduate Students

All non-UBC students wishing to register in the courses must be first be admitted to the UBC Faculty of Education. Information on admission/readmission is available on the Teacher Education Office website.

Visiting Graduate Students

To be eligible for admission as a visiting student to UBC, students must be currently registered in a graduate program with good standing at the home university.

For assistance with the online admission procedures, contact the Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy Graduate Secretary: Basia Zurek.

Admission Categories

  • Unclassified Students
    If you wish to enroll in studies not intended to lead to a particular degree or diploma (such as a single course, a summer institute, or a 15-credit certificate program), you can apply as an Unclassified Student. Students with degrees who wish to register in education courses are admitted to the Faculty of Education as Unclassified, 5th year students, and typically already have a recognized degree.
  • Diploma Students
    If you wish to complete a 30-credit UBC-conferred post-degree diploma, apply for admission in this category, and be sure to indicate the specific Diploma program you are applying to.
  • UBC-Okanagan Students (Cross-Campus Registration)
    • All UBC-O students must contact pro-d.educ@ubc.ca or 604.822.3999 for assistance in registering for UBC-Vancouver Faculty of Education courses.
    • Cross campus registration is intended for UBC Okanagan undergraduate students interested in taking some courses at the Vancouver campus. To be considered for registration at the Vancouver campus, Okanagan undergraduate students must meet certain criteria. Further information is provided on the Okanagan Campus Students website.
    • UBC Vancouver Faculty of Education students who are interested in taking courses at the Okanagan campus should contact the program advisor for approval: Bette Shippam, Teacher Education Office.