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Simon Fraser University Indigenous Garden and Outdoor Classroom

In response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions Calls to Action Simon Fraser University through their Aboriginal Reconciliation Council developed a report entitled ‘Walk With Us’ to guide the process of reconciliation across their three campuses. Among the recommended actions was the indigenization of curriculum and campus spaces.

Through the renovation of the Education Building on the SFU Burnaby Campus an opportunity to create a space to support indigenous education, storytelling and ceremony was created through the Indigenous Garden and Outdoor Classroom. PFS Studio has been working with the Office of Indigenous Education and SFU staff in the development of a conceptual design as well as advising the development of the engagement process with local First Nations. This project will support the indigenous pedagogy taught within the Faculty of Education through engagement of the land in a culturally sensitive space.