Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants is an organization which knocks down classroom walls and take students anywhere in the world, never having to leave their desks. It aims to inspire the next generation of students by bringing science, exploration, adventure, and conservation into classrooms through virtual speakers and field trips with leading experts across the globe.
For Secret Path Week, Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants will be focusing on Indigenous education featuring Indigenous scientists, explorers, artists, activists, and speakers. This will be a valuable way to engage your class in reconciliation and encourage your students to “Do Something”!
Theland Kicknosway is a member of Wolf Clan, of the Potawatami and Cree Nation, from Walpole Island, Bkejwanong Territory in Southern Ontario. He is currently in high school in the Ottawa Region and enjoys offering his gifts of song, dance and voice for all. He is a singer, a grass and hoop dancer, and helps in ceremonies in many places. In November 2015, at just 12 years old, Theland led the incoming Prime Minister and cabinet into the swearing-in ceremony with a drum song.
He has offered his voice and songs for the Indian Residential School Survivors in 2008 and in the closing of the TRC in 2015, and has been a Kairos Blanket Exercise Facilitator for the past seven years. Theland completed his 6th annual MMIWG2S run in Spring 2020 in partnership with Families of Sisters in Spirit, raising awareness of the children left behind in the wake of this crises. He hopes to expand his run to a national scale, and is preparing to run from Victoria, BC to Ottawa, ON in 2021.