New Food Security Course Features Community-Based Experiential Learning

Dr. Eduardo Jovel

The UBC Faculty of Land and Food Systems (LFS) has partnered with the Ustlahn’s Social Society, Squamish First Nation, to offer a new community-based experiential learning (CBEL) field course for the 2012 Summer Session. The course will facilitate training in interdisciplinary and interprofessional CBEL to students interested in working with Aboriginal people through a community-centered experience.

Course structure:
There will be one week of interdisciplinary classroom and field instruction at UBC: June 4 – 8, and two weeks of CBEL hosted by the Ustlahn’s Social Society at Squamish First Nation: June 11 – 22. The field module will provide students with an opportunity to work alongside community members in advancing current food security initiatives including estuary restoration and conservation, and the re-establishment of indigenous foods and medicines.

Course Topics:
The course topics include: urban food security, ethnobotany, conservation biology, Aboriginal health research ethics, sustainability, restoration, environment and culture. This course is designed to enhance skills to reflect upon, recognize, and build on community assets and priorities, and to demonstrate effective engagement in collaborative work with Aboriginal communities. This course will be of interest to students wishing to improve their understanding of Aboriginal issues and perspectives, and to students seeking practical experiential learning in Aboriginal communities. The course will make use of inter-professional approaches to learning inclusive of traditional knowledge, social participation and action, and community-driven solutions to explore new possibilities for sustainable food production in urban settings.

Engaging Aboriginal Communities through Community-Based Experiential Learning: Field Course Collaboration in Food Security with Squamish First Nation
APBI 497B 001
3 Credits
Dr. Eduardo Jovel
Faculty of Land and Food Systems


UBC Centre for Sustainable Food Systems (UBC Farm), Faculty of Land and Food
Systems, and Squamish First Nation (North Vancouver)

Course Duration:
June 4 – 22

Students are responsible for their own transportation and food.

For More Information Contact:
Dr. Eduardo Jovel
Phone: 604-822-3338