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Here at SAMU, we are shifting our environmental programming focus to implement and foster more ecological awareness and sustainable practice.


Here at SAMU, we are shifting our environmental programming focus to implement and foster more ecological awareness and sustainable practice.


Ecology; the study of the relationships between living organisms, humans, and their physical environment. Ecology is the branch of knowledge. 

How can you start your ECO Journey?

Take the SAMU Pledge: 

I will strive to RESIST against our climates impacts

I aim to EDUCATE myself and peers about ecological practices

I am EMPOWERED in my self-efficacy, and sustain environmental resilience in my daily practice


Here at SAMU, our ECO Program aims to help create a healthy campus culture that educates, motivates, and empowers students to create community and sustain positive change personally, locally, and globally.

We are shifting our environmental programming focus to support and implement effective practices that foster more ecological awareness and education.

By introducing an Environmental Justice Tool Kit, SAMU will bring focus to the spaces we inhabit here on Amiskwacîwâskahikan Treaty 6 land. This tool kit aims to provide fundamental guidelines for tangible, pragmatic, and realistic environmental goals.

The History of Environmental Justice: The Principles of Environmental Justice 

CBC Indigenous News

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: By 2030, they want to ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and culture’s contribution to sustainable development.

Truth and Reconciliation: Calls to Action 

Idle No More calls on all people to join in a peaceful revolution that honors and fulfills Indigenous sovereignty and protects the land, the water, and the sky.

 Walking Together: First Nations, Métis and Inuit Perspectives in Curriculum” was designed to help teachers understand the holistic nature of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit ways of knowing.

Four Directions Teachings Home – An audio narrated resource for learning about Indigenous knowledge and philosophy from five diverse First Nations in Canada 

Ecological Grief as a Response to Environmental Change

The chapter in the report, regarded as a “deeper dive” into a particular issue facing Indigenous women and girls, as well as 2SLGBTQQIA people, describes the connection between an influx of transient workers—those who arrive in mostly isolated towns and cities from elsewhere to work in mines or industries like oil, gas or hydro—and higher rates of sexual assault, harassment, STIs and women entering the sex trade. Click to read more.

Want to grow food at home? Check out this great DIY Youtube Channel! Hoochos has lots of ‘how to’ videos that will show you how to build cheap indoor & outdoor growing sets.

Watch Elders from across Alberta offer teachings in these video resources created by Native Counseling Services of Alberta.

Sacred Relationship 

Water Spirit

Creation Story 

Honouring indigenous treaty rights for climate justice

This journal reflects on the expansion of the oil sands industry in Canada, which has caused land destruction and social fraction in the country. They mention that oil sands development is Canada’s fastest-growing source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. They state that by honouring treaty commitments made with indigenous peoples Canada could become a leader in climate governance.

Climate Resilience Planning with Vulnerable Communities: A Case Study of Engagement and Citizenship in Edmonton, Alberta

This qualitative case study, situated in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, investigates how citizens within vulnerable and complex neighbourhoods understand resilience and civic engagement, as well as what support might be needed to increase climate change resilience in specific communities.

The film Gathering featured on Netflix, tells stories about Indigenous food systems and resistance on Turtle Island. The film is phenomenal, and the website features useful resources.  

“We Are the Land: Exploring Indigenous Land Stewardship”, a decolonization webinar on Indigenous concepts of land and land stewardship in collaboration with Naheyawin, Climate Justice MacEwan, and MacEwan Indigenous Students Club. Click here to watch. 

Related Books 

Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design by Charles Montgomery 

21 Thing You Should Know About The Indian Act    

Women Who Dig: Farming, Feminism, and the Fight to Feed the World by Trina Moyles 

Making Space for Indigenous Feminism  

Food & Agriculture  

Operation Fruit Rescue Edmonton (OFRE): OFRE is a non-profit organization that will mobilize volunteers to harvest, process, preserve and donate local fruit. 

Food4Good: Food4Good is the food programming division of the JasperPlace Wellness Centre, a community development organization in Edmonton. Food4Good results from a collaboration between organizations and residents to address food insecurity in Edmonton’s west end. They host low-cost food markets and sell meal prep boxes for a reasonable price.

Camola is a sustainably focused bakery that uses cricket flour for products. 

Check out MacEwan’s Urban Beekeeping Project on the roof of building 5! 

The Pantry is a SAMU Service in place for those in need of food and goods, but also a space to learn about food security, waste, and consumption.

Dustin Bajer is an educator, master gardener, writer, beekeeper, and ecologically inspired designer. Learn more about Dustin’s beekeeping courses and supplies, propagation courses and the food forest project.

Leftovers is a program that mobilizes the community to rescue and direct food to reduce food waste and increase access.


Edmonton and Area Land Trust is an organization that conserves nature in Edmonton and the area, engaging people in land conservation and stewardship. They sell bee hotels for native species bees, bat boxes, and host tours. Click here for more information 

City of Edmonton Interactive Edible Fruit Tree Map 

Green Community Gardens Edmonton Interactive Map

Canadian Wildlife Federation is a wonderful resource for ecological information and offers environmental education certification training.

Root for Trees is a city of Edmonton tree planting initiative.

Alberta Native Bee Council  promotes the conservation of native pollinator communities through research and monitoring, advocacy, education, and collaboration with others.

City of Edmonton Urban Beekeeping is the best place to find information on beekeeping workshops and policies for honeybees in Edmonton. Interested in keeping bees?  Click here to learn more

Decolonizing Water is an Indigenous-led community-based water monitoring initiative that is rooted in Indigenous laws and is a practical expression of Indigenous water governance. Click here to check out their website for resources and how you can get involved.

Wild North’s mission is to deliver services to people of Northern Alberta with wildlife-related concerns by providing compassionate care to injured and orphaned wildlife and by educating our communities about humanely coexisting with wildlife. Check out their website for resources and to learn how you can get involved.


ECO-Ambassadors: New initiative to create student community, dedicated to nurturing SAMU’s ecological footprint.

Check out this great urban agriculture initiative! Edmonton’s Urban Farm is a 2-acre farm located in central Edmonton. The Urban Farm harvests 1000’s of pounds of food a year and offer local groups a space to grow food. SAMU has a plot of it’s own plot at the farm called Stepping Stones, intended to give students a space to learn about growing methods without a large time committed attached. Feel free to drop in on Saturdays or contact us for more information.  

Water movement provides a collaborative online space where Indigenous water treatment operators can connect, share lessons learned and access a video library.

Check out kihew waciston MacEwan’s Indigenous Center for local resources. 

The African Center offers free counseling, culturally relevant food bank items, workshops, and programming.

Future Ancestors Services is a trigenerational team of professionals and advisors; they provide speaking, training, research and consulting services, and influencer and interview services to diverse clients.

Apathy is Boring is a nonpartisan youth political engagement organization.

The Alberta Emerald Awards showcase Alberta’s environmental leaders to inspire others. They provide year-round programming that educates and empowers ecological stewardship.  

The Council of Canadians is an organization that advocates for democracy, justice and care. The Council of Canadians works to improve and expand social programs and public services, ensure access to clean water for all, ensure that the government’s primary interest is citizens and not corporations, and dismantle oppressive colonial systems. Check out their website for resources and ways you can get involved. 

Waste Reduction & Management

Blenderz is a zero waste, zero export, textile recycling company in Edmonton. They take garments and other textiles from local thrift stores and charity shops and break down the materials that cannot be resold. They also offer clothing and textiles for resell or upcycling.

More than a Fad is a local thrift shop that raises funds for women in addiction recovery. Click here to learn more

Replenish Local refill station for all your Eco-friendly home goods

Need equipment for a project? Consider renting it from the Edmonton Tool Library!

Waste Free Edmonton 

Change for Climate has Edmonton-specific climate change information regarding programming, grants and action plans for reducing the affects.

Habitat for Humanity ReStore Has new and gently used items like appliances and furniture at greatly reduced prices. Learn more here

City of Edmonton Waste Reduction 

Watch Community Assistant Amelia Altmiks talk beekeeping! This is a recording of an Urban Beekeeping workshop hosted for U of A’s Sustainability Awareness Week 2021. Watch to learn more about pollinators and MacEwan’s own urban agriculture initiative! Urban Beekeeping webinar.

Want to learn how to quickly pickle any vegetable? Watch Community Assistant Amelia Altmiks as she does some quick pickling.

Did you know the MacEwan campus has its very own hives located above building 5? Check out the fun facts Community Assistant Amelia Altmiks has to share about the hive project. 

You don’t need to be an expert to get out and explore nature! Canadian Wildlife Federation’s Michelle Hollin shares some simple tips to help you get out and explore and contribute to citizen science.

Learn more about how we are connected to our land, natures’ laws and how to show greater appreciation for our resources. Elder Francis WhiskeyJack shares more on traditional land-based teachings

Want to learn more about social entrepreneurship? MacEwan is home to the community engagement hub Roundhouse. Hospitality Services Coordinator Susana Chalut shares more about the ways Roundhouse is giving back to the community


· ECO Challenge

· MacEwan ECO Map

· Lived Experience, Voices to Follow, Local Indigenous ECO Leaders

· MacEwan ECO-Ambassadors

Celebrating the Beauty of Black Culture

Connect with these community organizations for resources and knowledge: 

For centuries, black communities around the world have created hairstyles that are uniquely their own. These hairstyles span back to the ancient world and continue to weave their way through the social, political and cultural conversations surrounding black identity today. Check out this Visual History of Iconic Black Hairstyles to learn more about Black hair.

Check out: Harriets Humongous Hair by Ni Lo 

The species and flavors of African cooking are not just about food but are a living testament to the strength and movement of the African Diaspora. Cooking is not solely about feeding oneself– through cooking one comes to learn about the land and their relationship with it, their traditions, and their community. Particularly in America. The story of Black cooking is a tale of resilience and ingenuity. Black folks have learned to keep their traditions alive via cooking and the storytelling involved in it. 

Check out this list of regionally popular African spices, are any of them familiar to you? Are they popular in your family’s regional cuisine? Consider using and learning more about them in celebration of Pan-African culture.

East Africa

  • Cumin
  • Tumeric
  • Corainder
  • Fresh Tamarind
  • Grated Coconut

West Africa

  • Curry Powder
  • Black Pepper
  • Maggi Cube
  • Thyme
  • Bay Leaf
  • Nutmeg

 North Africa

  • Zaatar 
  • Cumin
  • Sumac
  • Sesame (toasted Sesame) 
  • Mint 
  • Lemon


Book a Goal Session!

Do you find it difficult to stay on track with your assignments? Struggling to hit your deadlines? Goal sessions can be a helpful way to motivate yourself to keep your nose to the grindstone, and get stuff done. Goal sessions are an optional service within Study Buddies.

What to expect with a Goal Session:

  1. Volunteer check-ins on your goal – beginning, middle and end of your session.
  2. Referrals and suggestions on studying if you get stuck.
  3. A cheerleader to help you focus on your goal!

We want your feedback

Let us know how Study Buddies is doing or if you have any suggestions for how we can improve the service.


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Student Refugee Program

Each term, $2.50 of your student fees goes towards supporting SAMU’s Student Refugee Program (SRP). Working with World University Service of Canada (WUSC), SRP funds the tuition and housing of a refugee student for four years. With the help of a local committee group made up of students and staff, SAMU ensures all the sponsored student’s needs are met throughout their time at MacEwan.

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