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anadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication (EECOM) National Conference


The Sas- katchewan Outdoor and Envi-


ronmental Education Associa-


The Eco Fair and Exhibit Hall Photo Credit: Vitor Nogueira


tion (SOEEA) hosted the 2011 EECOM National Con- ference from June 8-11, 2011, at the University of Regina. This con- ference attracted


delegates from across


Saskatchewan, Canada, and over- seas.


Conference Coordinator, Kristen Catherwood, wrote the following to describe the conference: “Approximately 170 delegates converged to educate and be educated on issues related to the conference theme “Exploring the Socioecological in Education and Culture: Becoming Active Partici- pants in Change.” SOEEA received the EECOM Associate of the Year award last year, and was recently recognised as the North Ameri- can Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) Affiliate of the Year, the first time any organisation has achieved those feats in the same year.”


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The pre-conference included an annual SOEEA ecotour/field trip to Grasslands National Park and Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, a research symposium, and the EECOM Network and Capacity Building Symposium.


The conference officially opened with welcomes to Treaty 4 lands from William Asikinack and Jo- seph Naytowhow; welcomes were extended to delegates from the University of Regina’s President, Vianne Timmons; Dean of Edu- cation, James McNinch; EECOM Co-Chair, David Zandvliet; SOEEA President, Kyle Lichtenwald; and the Saskatchewan Parks and Rec- reation Association’s, Mike Powell.


Keynote speakers were Annie Leonard, author of The Story of Stuff; Dr. Marcia McKenzie, and Dr. Norm Henderson. Catherwood reports that, “The response to the call for participation for the 2011 EECOM Conference was fantastic and resulted in a full schedule of concurrent sessions.”


Fun was also on the agenda, in- cluding Music Nights and a Pub Night, at Bushwakker Brew Pub. The event featured entertainment from local folk artist, Glenn Sutter and his band; Remy Rodden, folk artist from the Yukon Territory; and a fashion show by students


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