Microsoft Canada is excited to launch a new world in Minecraft Education, in partnership with the kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem) First Nation and the School District 43 (Coquitlam) Education team. The new world, titled A Pacific Northwest Coast Experience, is part of our ongoing commitment to delivering experiences that center around and benefit underrepresented communities by highlighting diverse creators and content.
The in-game world aims to increase awareness of coastal peoples’ unique perspectives and artistry by having students travel to assist a coastal community to prepare for winter through sustainable harvesting practices. Players will develop an understanding of indigenous traditional ecological knowledge, focusing on the interconnectedness of all living and non-living things.
Through the game I can feel really connected to my own lands and to my own culture when I see this game coming to the point it has. [The new world helps students] realize the diversity of the land itself, the richness of how much our people really relied on the resources that were around us, but also how we were able to utilize it and to share with one another and all cultural teachings about being conscious of resource gathering. – Nancy Joe, a member and cultural advisor for the kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem) First Nation
This new Minecraft world allows students to engage in immersive, digitally enhanced learning that opens up access to places and people beyond their existing worldview. Students can explore a holistic learning environment at their own pace to build meaningful connections with local First Nations and their traditional practices through a STEAM lens. – Elka Walsh, Learning and Teaching Lead, Microsoft Canada
Minecraft Education is a game-based platform that inspires creative, inclusive learning through play. Educators from across the globe use Minecraft Education to connect students’ passion with purpose and find activities that engage them across multiple subjects.
The launch introduces four exciting and educational activities that students can explore:
Download Minecraft Education A Pacific Northwest Coast Experience today:
A Pacific Northwest Coast Experience represents teachings that were shared through consultation and collaboration with the kʷikʷəƛəm First Nation. Please reach out respectfully to your own local community(s) for process, protocols, and teachings.
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