MONDAY, 22 JULY 2013 4:00 PM
Perched on the edge of the western world on Canada’s pacific coast, Pearson College UWC would not be effectively fulfilling the UWC mission if it didn’t represent the country’s Aboriginal communities (First Nations, Métis and Inuit). Among the many things our Aboriginal students bring to the College are their stories. “The stories are not captured and found in history books and more modern myths,” College Director David Hawley explains. Aboriginal students come from nations and cultures with a rich history of living in true community with one another, and in community with nature – a common value shared by many UWC’s. “One example is the solo experience, which we have been experimenting with at Pearson College, where students spend a full twenty-four hour period alone in nature – a practice that is a rite of passage in many Aboriginal communities,” offers David. “It is wonderful to have students at the College who can guide and mentor others through their own journey of self-discovery and connection to the environment.”
MONDAY, 22 JULY 2013 3:45 PM
Susanna Klassen (right), a fourth-year environmental science student, has been involved with sustainability projects since her freshman year, when she became one of the coordinators of the McGill Farmers’ Market, which is held on campus during the autumn. It offers a program in which shareholders preorder a weekly box of food before the harvest, with the funds going to farmers during the time of year when their expenses are the highest.
“You share in the risks of agriculture,” she said. “Some crops aren’t as available in some years, depending on the weather. But you always get your money’s worth, are introduced to new varieties and eat more seasonally.”
The program also helped broaden the appeal of the market. “It has been a way to reach out to professionals in the city,” Ms. Klassen said.