Natural Curiosity 2nd Edition: A Resource for Educators

The Importance of Indigenous Perspectives in Children’s Environmental Inquiry

The second edition of Natural Curiosity supports a stronger basic awareness of Indigenous perspectives and their importance to environmental education. The Indigenous lens in this edition represents a cross-cultural encounter supporting what can become an ongoing dialogue and evolution of practice in environmental inquiry. Some important questions are raised that challenge us to think in very different ways about things as fundamental as the meaning of knowledge.

New In the Second Addition

  • Revision of the four branches of environmental inquiry (Lorraine Chiarotto) by Julie Comay

  • Indigenous lens on each of the branches by Doug Anderson 

  • 15 new educator stories

Truth & Reconciliation

The second edition of Natural Curiosity is a response to pressing and unequivocal recommendations by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada to situate Indigenous perspectives into the heart of Canadian educational settings. Natural Curiosity is committed to taking up the call to action put forth by the Truth and Reconciliation commission, specifically addressing:

63. We call upon the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada to maintain an annual commitment to Aboriginal education issues, including:

iii. Building student capacity for intercultural understanding, empathy, and mutual respect.


Natural Curiosity: A Resource for Teachers:
Building Children’s Understanding of the World through Environmental Inquiry

The first edition of Natural Curiosity was a teacher resource that was launched in 2011. It introduced a framework for environmental inquiry, providing elementary school teachers with clarity, reassurance, and options for bringing inquiry-based teaching practices into the classroom. One Anishinaabe Elder and elementary teacher, Wahgeh Giizhigo Migizi Kwe (Eileen “Sam” Conroy), said of the first edition, “I cried when I read it. I said to myself, they’re finally starting to get it!” David Suzuki echoed her sentiment when he affirmed “this is obviously the way that teaching and learning should happen.”

More than 20,000 copies of this resource has been given away or sold. Since the creation of the second edition, this edition is no longer available.

Natural Curiosity 2nd Edition is an excellent resource for educators seeking to act as co-inquirers with their students and share the learning spirit while fostering relationship with our natural kin and relations. With a newly expanded lens on Indigenous perspectives and worldviews, this resource encourages teachers with philosophies, rationales, tools and activities to help them grow ecological and social justice citizens. A timely resource and highly recommended.

Jean-Paul Restoule Ph.D.

Professor and Chair, Department of Indigenous Education, University of Victoria

(416) 934-4517

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