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Teachers go back to school - studying Alberta's boreal region

Teachers Go Back to School - Studying Alberta's Boreal Region

August 2019 - On July 5th, 28 teachers from across Alberta toured Cenovus’s Christina Lake facility as part of Inside Education’s summer institute on the boreal forest.

During the five-day professional development program, the teachers travelled over 1,000 kilometres to hear from scientists, the oil and gas industry, and Indigenous groups to gain knowledge and better understand the state of Alberta’s species-at-risk.

“Cenovus's support and hospitality by opening doors, hosting a tour and work camp experiences provided the real-world, real-life experiences teachers implore their students to pursue,” said Steve McIsaac Inside Education Executive Director. “The experiences will impact these teachers and the hundreds of students they reach every year for a lifetime."

They toured several research areas and oilsands sites including Christina Lake to learn about the biology and ecology of the region’s wildlife.

“After my experiences on the summer institute, I plan on educating my students so they are better informed. Often we only hear what the media and others want us to hear, but by seeing and experiencing these opportunities hands on I feel better suited to teaching my students that there is many layers to what we learn,” said Amanda Hyatt, teacher at Kisipatnahk School in Maskwacis. “We need to approach these subjects with an open mind, because not all is as it seems! I also enjoyed staying at Cenovus. It was an opportunity I would have otherwise not gotten, and it is really great to get a taste of what life is like on camp.”

We have supported Inside Education since 2009 as part of our community investment focus area of giving youth a chance. The program helps Canadian teachers and students better understand the science, technology and issues related to our environment and natural resources. In addition to financial support, Cenovus has supported Inside Education by providing tours of our facilities and technical knowledge over the years.