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Annual conference of the Sustainability Education Alliance of New Brunswick
Tuesday November 21st, 2017
Killarney Lake Lodge, 1600 St. Mary's Street, Fredericton



Why is citizenship education important? How can we use citizenship education to foster better environmental stewards? What citizen engagement initiatives are making head-way in New Brunswick? How is citizenship taught?

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Taking a Wider View of Civic Engagement, Dr. Alan Sears, Faculty of Education University of New Brunswick and Editor of Citizenship Teaching and Learning:   

Citizenship is a complex and contested idea that plays out differently in and across the lives of individual citizens.  Citizenship education is too often narrowly focused on fostering engagement with formal politics, while largely ignoring the potential of civil society and volunteer organizations in the development of citizens.  This presentation will make the case for recognizing and fostering a greater diversity of civic profiles among young citizens.

Sustainable Happiness and Well-Being for All, Dr. Catherine O’Brien, Faculty of Education Cape Breton University:

This workshop will explore how our happiness and well-being are interconnected with other people and the natural environment – and why this perspective was supported in a 2011 United Nations resolution to raise the profile of happiness in development policies. We’ll consider how this is relevant for sustainability and how sustainable happiness education can contribute to more sustainable lifestyles. Dr. Catherine O’Brien will share her experience of teaching sustainable happiness at Cape Breton University for the past ten years as well as her experience of applying the concept of well-being for all to her new work on Living Schools.

The decline of citizenship and the implications for the environment, Dr. Tom Beckley, Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management University of New Brunswick:

A talk and conversation about a perceived decline in public engagement around environmental issues. We will explore a wide range of questions on this topic, including: Is the government reducing the quantity or quality of public engagement opportunities? Do traditional models of advocacy no longer work? Are youth less inclined to be engaged in environmental policy issues? Are people’s identities too focused around consumerism thereby reducing their identities as citizens?  Are there any signs of hope in this age of heightened cynicism? [spoiler alert: the answer to the last question is yes].

Bringing Outdoor Education into Schools, Community Coordinators from ASD-W:

Hear from the Community Coordinators responsible for bringing outdoor education and community engagement programs to almost all schools in the Anglophone West School District. What were the challenges? Rewards? They will speak on everything from project implementation to changes in behavior and engagement seen in the students.

Vote à 16 ans, Fédération des jeunes francophones du Nouveau-Brunswick (FJFNB) :

The “Vote à 16 ans” movement aims to have the electoral process open to 16 year olds to create citizens that will be engaged long-term. This youth-led movement has gained much momentum throughout the province. Give youth a voice! Educate them from an early age on how to make an informed decision. Hear from the FJFNB and some of the youth involved in this movement.


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Draft Agenda

8:30-9:00 Registration & networking  
9:00-9:10 Welcome & introductions Raissa Marks, New Brunswick Environmental Network
9:10-9:35 What's new SEA-NB?  
9:35-10:25 The decline of citizenship and the implications for the environment Dr. Tom Beckley, Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management University of New Brunswick
10:25-10:40 Break  
10:40-11:30 Taking a Wider View of Civic Engagement Dr. Alan Sears, Faculty of Education University of New Brunswick and Editor of Citizenship Teaching and Learning
11:30-12:15 Lunch  
12:15-1:00 Let's get moving! Great Minds Think Outside Trainers
1:00-2:00 Sustainable Happiness and Well-Being for All Dr. Catherine O’Brien, Faculty of Education Cape Breton University
2:00-2:30 Bringing Outdoor Education into Schools Community Coordinators from the Anglophone West School District
2:30-2:45 Break  
2:45-3:15

Jeunesse en action!

Vote à 16 ans, Fédération des jeunes francophones du Nouveau-Brunswick (FJFNB)

3:15-4:15 Big picture Pascale Ouellette, New Brunswick Environmental Network
4:15-4:30 Wrap up  
Éducation à la citoyenneté : Favoriser une population engagée