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Eco-Samu

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

Eco-Samu

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

ECOLOGY. EDUCATION. EMPOWERMENT

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

OUR PLEDGE TO SUSTAIN RESILIENCY

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 – Fourdirectionsteachings.com 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.

 
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  

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

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

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

Beekeepers: Bee education, campus tours, passive programming (resources, student stories, current progress of MacEwan’s Beehive.

More than a Fad: Local thrift shop partners raising funds for women in addiction recovery

 

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. 

Northlands Urban farms Check out this great urban agriculture initiative. The farm is located at 11312 79 Street and opened seven years ago with about 50 gardeners. This year, with a $35,000 grant from the United Way and the Butler Family Foundation. “ it’s now doubled in size.”

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. To 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.

 
Ecology/Biodiversity

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. Interest in keeping hens?  Click here to learn more

 
Social 

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. 

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

 
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 quick pickle any vegetable? Watch Community Assistant Amelia Altmiks has she does some quick pickling 

· DIY

· ECO Challenge

· MacEwan ECO Map

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

· MacEwan ECO-Ambassadors

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.

Questions? Email norteym@macewan.ca

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Questions? Email norteym@macewan.ca

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