Introducing the Canadian Network for Ocean Education (CaNOE)

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CaNOE, the Canadian Network for Ocean Education, is a network for the advancement of ocean literacy in Canada. At CaNOE, we link our diverse members with best practices to chart a course towards a sustainable future for Canadians that includes ocean education. We connect Canadians from Arctic to Atlantic to Pacific coasts and everywhere in between who are working towards ocean literacy—and we’re as much about celebrating current efforts as we are about moving the ball forward.

CaNOE provides a platform for learning, dialogue and communication about ocean literacy in Canada. By bringing educators and scientists together, we hope to create momentum that will increase regional and national understanding of the value of our ocean now and for the future. CaNOE can help Canada keep up with international interests and obligations, and we can help transform education in Canada to include the ocean: the dominant feature of our planet and our life support system.

CaNOE’s goals

CaNOE (Canadian Network for Ocean Education) aims to advance ocean literacy in Canada by working towards five main goals:

1. Promoting ocean literacy in Canada

CaNOE will help fill a void that results from Canada’s diverse geography, education systems, languages and cultures by connecting diverse interests including First Nations, Inuit and aboriginal organizations, educators, scientists, governmental and non-governmental organizations, institutions, individuals and the private sector to further ocean literacy in Canada.

2. Stimulating dialogue and communication about ocean literacy

CaNOE provides a platform for learning, dialogue and communication between individuals (educators and scientists) and institutions (governmental and non-governmental organizations).

3. Celebrating and sharing current efforts in ocean literacy

Canadians are already doing great work in the area of ocean literacy. CaNOE will help showcase, promote and connect these efforts across Canada’s diverse geography, education systems, languages and cultures.

4. Connecting training opportunities and learning resources to educators

5. Helping Canada keep pace with international efforts in ocean literacy

The US has developed an Ocean Literacy Framework and Europe is in the process of adopting a similar framework as they develop a blue citizenry. It’s time for Canadians to get on board and help improve ocean literacy.

Be part of the ocean literacy movement and join CaNOE.

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Kathy is the owner of Kirk Scuba Gear, a passionate Scuba Diver, Ocean Advocate and Managing Editor of The Scuba News Canada

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