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Building Bridges - Our Youth, the Future “Voices of Unity”


Mel Sysing Dustin Kasun


How do teachers in Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools use the Pope Francis’ Encyclical “Laudato Si” Care for our Common Home to improve social and environmental education in both pedagogy and student outcome?

This project seeks to further understand and build capacity on how land is reconciliation. Moreover, to continue investigation on how the pedagogical practices of Greater Saskatoon Catholic School teachers draw on ideas of anti-racist/anti-oppressive/environmental/social justice/place-based Catholic education to strengthen their understanding and commitment to the current Papal Encyclical Laudato si’ (Praise Be To You – On Care For Our Common Home). Finally, to continue the themes of findings from the first year of the project.

Learning Outcomes

  • To explore implications of the Encyclical Laudato si’ on Catholic education/pedagogy.
  • To explore how Catholic education can respond to Pope Francis’ Papal encyclical in combination with the provincial curriculum.
  • To explore connections between local Indigenous worldviews and the new encyclical.
  • To gather qualitative data to support EcoJustice pedagogy as the execution and actualization of Laudato si’ (Praise Be To You – On Care For Our Common Home) Catholic education as well as place-based learning classrooms such as EcoJustice.
  • To explore how personal social location can influence one’s experience and understanding of the world and the implications for anti-oppressive work.
  • To develop analytical and critical thinking skills and the ability to ensure that one’s practice is anti-oppressive.
  • To create and foster support for Greater Saskatoon Catholic School division teachers/personnel, as well as U of S teacher candidates and the wider community or church community, in understanding options for faith/place/anti-racist-oppressive education through an “encyclical” lens.

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