A Special Issue of CJEE on Ocean literacy


This special issue of the Canadian Journal of Environmental Education focuses on varied, place-based relationships with the ocean (and water) across Canada and Turtle Island. It is also closely linked to the emerging relationships and socio-ecological challenges that we all face, both personally and as a society. This issue comes at an historic moment of intense global uncertainty, exacerbated by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, as well as by the effects of rapid climate change, which continue to be experienced through increasing extreme weather events, rising temperatures, melting sea ice, and biodiversity loss.


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Our Mission

The IEL was created by the SFU Senate to develop and support environmental learning research in BC communities, schools and post-secondary institutions. It sponsors a few credit and non-credit programs throughout BC and abroad, along with its partners.

About Us

The IEL consists of a steering committee and advisory council representatives from member organizations and includes the director, who serves as the steering committee chair. Steering committee members manage research and other activities in consultation with the advisory council. The IEL’s steering committee includes representatives from a variety of stakeholders.

Our Objectives

Promote multi-sectoral collaboration, community-based problem solving and a network of research into effective teaching practices

In 2010 the Institute was chartered as a Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) by the United Nations University (UNU) and in 2013, the Institute won an RCE award from UNU for its innovative Professional Development practices. Our goal is to support community-based research on best practices for environmental learning in both the formal and informal education sectors.

Creating a vibrant, active research and education network working towards a sustainable future for British Columbia.

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