Presentation Resources for Educators

Session 1: Getting a handle on water supplies

If you’ re interested in seeing what the Canadian Wildlife Federation has put together over the last 3 years for public service announcements (PSAs) and webisodes related to water this first link has the 30 second, 60 sec. , and webisode in English. The 30 sec. PSA identifies the issue, a 60 sec. PSA identifies the issue and offers some solutions, and the webisode provides a more substantial vignette with scientists and specialists supporting the comments and directions provided.

On the Canchange site, you have access to webisodes from the Rivers to Oceans series in English, French, and Spanish with fluent hosts in each of those languages. Hopefully you will find these interesting and useful.

Mrazek, R., Gallant, G., (Producers) and Byrne, J. (Co-producer). (2010). Rivers to Oceans/Des Riveres aux Oceans/ Del Rio al Mar Public Service Announcements/Webisodes (launched across Canada during Rivers to Oceans week 2010). Gallant Productions and the Canadian Wildlife Federation. Rivers to Oceans Public Service Announcements/ Webisodes is a six part series in English, French and Spanish. The 30 and 60 second PSAs are being shown by Television networks across Canada. Who is the featured speaker at the WW7B conference in the Conserve and Protect Water webisode?

  • Surface Water / Les Eau de Surface/ Aguas Superficiales
  • Storm Water / Eaux de Ruissellement/ Aguas Pluvials
  • Waste Water / Eau Usee/ Aguas Residuales
  • Ground WaterLes Eaux Souterraines/ Aguas Subterraines
  • Conserve and Protect Water / Conserve de l’eau/ Conservacion y Proteccion
  • Wetlands/ Zones Humides

Fresh Ideas: "Harvie Passage Exposed", Wednesday, May 9

 The following is a link  to the recently released publication Keeping Pace: improving Environmental Decision-Making in Canada drafted by Barry Worbets (Max Bell Foundation Senior Fellow), and Robert Roach (Vice President, Research for the Canada West Foundation) which may provide some insights to Barry Worbets and the Canada West Foundation.

Session 5: Water and Indigenous Peoples

In the summer of 2011, with the support of the Canadian Wildlife Federation, George Gallant, Rick Mrazek, and Jim Mcnally, travelled to Nunavut to collect about 8 hrs of interviews in English, Inuktitut and French, shots of wildlife and landscapes, city life and people from Iqaluit and Pangnirtung. They interviewed elders, researchers, Parks Canada employees and community members. They attempted to, as best as they could, present the material in the interviewees’ voices so that the message shared with the rest of Canada is authentic. This material was edited together to create 40 video clips called Voices of the North to be shared through CWF’s website. Here are the first of those to be posted.

CWF Learning Institute videos

In the Download Resources area is a lesson plan ‘Simon Awa Grade 7 Science Lesson Plan’ you might use as a starting point to utilize videos from the Voices of the North series. There are 2 supplemental materials to go with it– Bou Bucks and Activity Evaluation. It was created by Carrie Harbridge during her internship in Pond Inlet, Nunavut as she completed her baccalaureate and certification with the Faculty of Education at the University Lethbridge. It utilizes the wisdom of Simon Awa, Deputy Minister- Culture, Language, Elders & Youth shared in the Habitat section of the website.

If you, your class, or your organization would like to work directly with Carriewhile she is living in Pond Inlet, Nunavut, the following link will provide more information about what she has done within the community and with Parks Canada. I am sure she would be happy to share more with you.

We hope this will add some of the Nunavut views regarding the issues discussed in this dialogue to the other voices. In the Download Resources area at the end of the Resources page, you will find an article by Jamal Shirley from the Nunavut Research Institute, called Challenges in Community - Research Relationships: Learning from Natural Science in Nunavut that is an excellent overview of the challenges of conducting research in Nunavut and the North in general.

Session 6: A Key Role for Education

"Game Changing Solutions - from the Inside out"

Dr. Rick Mrazek, Founding Fellow, Canadian Wildlife Federation Learning Institute

 The following website, referred to in this presentation, provides some insights into the evolution of the use of emerging technology and online tools to share the Canadian Wildlife Federation's participation in international events with their membership, educational institutions, and the public in general. This work, and the backend infrastructure called telegraph, created by Fergus Raphael and Tangle Media, serves as a foundation for the online engagement taking part in WW7B.

Gallant,G., Mrazek, R., & Raphael,F.  (2010). Education can Change the Climate, produced for the Canadian Wildlife Federation.

While you are on the site, check out the videos produced from COP15 in Copenhagen, Denmark and COP16 in Cancun.

Gallant, G., and Mrazek, R. (Producers). (2009). CWF at Copenhagen Webisodes. Gallant Productions and the Canadian Wildlife Federation. Ottawa, Ontario. Began showing December 21, 2009 on the Canadian Wildlife Fed’s Channel.

  • December 14
  • December 15
  • December 16
  • December 17
  • December 18
  • FCF a Copenhage December 14.
  • FCF a Copenhage December 16.

Gallant, G., and Mrazek, R. (Producers). (2010). CWF at Cancun Webisodes. Gallant Productions and the Canadian Wildlife Federation. Ottawa, Ontario. Began showing December 07, 2010.

  • Climate Matters
  • Mangrove Ecosystems
  • The World of Water - Cenotes
  • Underwater World
  • Making Progress in Cancun

Keynote, Stage Setting, Saturday, May 12

Follow Olympic gold medalist Adam Kreek’s latest challenge with his O.A.R. Northwest (Ocean Adventure Rowing and Education) team as they circumnavigate Vancouver Island, BC. They launched from Seattle April 7, 2012. Visit their website at and you can follow along with an interactive map, daily sea conditions, and photos as they navigate the Salish Sea. You can also follow them on Facebook at OAR Northwest and through their Expedition Blog.

Well, Adam Kreek and the O.A.R. crew have successfully completed their Salish Sea expedition, circumnavigating Vancouver Island in 3 weeks. Join us on Friday, May 11 in the CWF Reception and Saturday, May 12 in our WW7B Education Forum to honor Adam and 2 other crew members. Here is one of the latest interviews with Adam on CTV.


Session 7: Making Use of What We Know

“Moving from Illusions of Change to Real Change”

Dr. Rick Mrazek, Associate Dean, Faculty of Education, University of Lethbridge

In 2000, the Science Council of the Alberta Teachers’ Association engaged Dr. Rick Mrazek, then Chair of the ATA Science Council Executive Curriculum Committee, to research potential Science Curriculum Policy Development in Alberta. It was hoped that this research could be used to inform revisions proposed to the 20-30 levels of the Alberta Biology, Chemistry, and Physics curricula. The following 3 documents have been included in the resources area for you to download if you're interested in this background information which provides part of the basis for the title Moving from Illusions of Change to Real Change.

Mrazek, R. (2004). Transforming Science Education in Alberta. Science Council of the Alberta Teachers’ Association. Edmonton, Alberta: Alberta Teachers’ Association.

Mrazek, R. (2005). Transforming Science Education in Alberta: Supporting the Will to Change. The Alberta Science Teacher. 25(3), 8-10.

Mrazek, R. and Howes, L. (2004). Illusions of Change in Science Education. Gumanizacija Obrazovania . (Russian - Humanization of Education). 1. 2004, 113-134.

The other article provided in the resources area related to this presentation outlines a full research structure for the information related to use of emerging technologies gathered from the 5th World Environmental Education Congress held in Montréal.

Orr, D., Mrazek, R. & Meadows, J. (2009). Emergent Technologies for Environmental Education: Assessing the Efficacy of the Level of Adoption On –Line Survey. In Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2009 (pp. 1026-1035). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

Session 8 Tools for Engagement

In addition to film producer George Gallant from Gallant Productions, Kristen Mrazek from Belle Amour design and photography will assist participants and youth to better understand how video and photography can be used to communicate and engage the public in a water dialogue. The following videos will assist educators and students at all levels to begin creating their own video narratives:

Gallant, G., Mrazek, R., and Mrazek, K. (Producers). (2010). 2010 CWF Summer Institute Tutorials. Gallant Productions and the Canadian Wildlife Federation. Ottawa, Ontario. 2010 CWF Summer Institute Tutorials is a four part series. The videos were launched as part of the 2010 Canadian Wildlife Federation Summer Institute in Tadoussac, Quebec.

In the Download Resources area at the end of the Resources page is a lesson ‘Climate Change PSA’ prepared by Erika Droessler, a graduate of the University of Lethbridge Faculty of Education program which outlines how high school students can prepare 2–3 min. public service announcements (PSAs) focusing on, in this case, climate change but could be readily adapted to Water specific issues.