Thinking back to all my outdoor experiences I wouldn’t really call them being in the wilderness. My idea of being in the wilderness is honestly just being away from home/town and have nothing around you but trees, plants, ect. There is so much more to wilderness than that. It takes more than just being away from home and in the trees to be in the wilderness.
I’ve always went camping in Banff and we would go on really long hikes to this beautiful river. We would go off the paths and you would see trees dying, fallen over, and I would call that wilderness because no humans have touched it. If that was in the town the tree would not be there. Everything that is stereotyped as being in the wilderness like hiking, canoeing, camping, is everything I have done and loved and called it being in the wilderness when in reality it was the stereotype of wilderness.
Going on outdoor Ed, you would think you would learn more being in the outdoors but you really don’t. At my school outdoor ed was more to teach you survival skills. We would drive somewhere with no cell signal and canoe/bike, fish to catch supper, hike, and tent. Each night we would learn more about surviving in the wild.
In the article The Whiteness of Green it talks about how on these trips there is not much education on Canada’s history or anything about the treaties which are a big part of Canada history, considering we live on treaty four land. On these trips there needs to be more education to the students not just survival skills. Treaty education should be a subject, not just in outdoor ed but in other classes as well. The article talks about settlers learning about treaties because they were here first and the settlers took over and the treaties were pushed aside.