Learning from the Land, in the City
Learning from the Land, in the City is a series of seasonal walks exploring the ecology of Winnipeg’s urban landscape. Each walk will explore a different theme through field walks in the urban environment that bring together experts from the worlds of design, ecology, community development and more. Speakers will share diverse ways of knowing about the land, weaving a holistic picture of the urban environment and our relationship with it.
This walk happened on Saturday, April 27, 2019. Read more about the walk and guest speakers here.
Summer / Urban Forests and Habitats
This walk happened on Saturday August 19, 2019. Read more about the walk and guest speakers here.
Due to volunteer availability and other important community events like the Climate Strikes, the fall walk will be postponed.
Winter / Energy and the Cosmic Whole
This walk happened on Feb 29 2020 at The Forks. More about the walk and the guest speakers coming soon.
The purpose of this series of walks is to explore how our city functions as a connected social and ecological system. We know that the health of people and the land are intimately connected, but what does this look like in an urban setting? How does urbanization and colonization change ecosystems and impact communities? How can we design cities to work in harmony with natural systems and be more socially and ecologically resilient?
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Winter / Energy + the Cosmic Whole
Date: Saturday, February 29, 2020
In this third instalment in our year-long journey exploring the connection between urban and ecological systems, we gathered at the Forks for an evening stroll with an incredible lineup of speakers.
Following the elemental theme of past events (Spring-Water, Summer-Earth, Fall… well, that one never happened, but it would have been Air) this walk explored Fire in myriad forms: from the fire we gather around to keep warm, to the cosmic fires (the stars) in the sky that inspire storytelling; from the energy we use to heat our city, to the thermodynamics of hibernation and energy conservation in animals and insects during the long winter months.
As always with Learning from the Land, In the City, everything is connected!
Our speakers were Elders Barb and Clarence Nepinak, Cary Hamel from the Nature Conservancy of Canada, Allen Sutherland, John Wyndels, and Dave Pancoe from the Forks.
We ended the evening with bannock and tea around a fire at Oodena Circle. Thank you to everyone who attended.
* 'Snowbank' photo by Steve McCullough