​WE ARE OCEAN Vancouver is an interactive journey where the students of British-Columbia will reflect on the effects of climate change on the ocean and how this is affecting the ecosystems of the land of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh & Musqueam First Nations.

Through activities based on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) principles and also respecting the First People Principles of Learning, the program leads to an end project in which students inquire about what the land would look, feel and taste like without the presence of salmon in our ecosystems due to its disappearance because of climate change.

This exciting project has been commissioned by the Vancouver Biennale and our BIG IDEAS education program and organized by ARTPORT_making waves. Curated by Anne-Marie Melster, this is the first North American addition to their global program WE ARE OCEAN engaging young people around the world and is an artistic contribution to the Preparatory Phase of the UN Decade Of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) through the IOC-UNESCO. 

The Program

This project will run through the 2020-2021 school year in two phases. The first phase will run from November 6th, 2020 to March 15th, 2021  featuring four interactive modules based on inquiry-based education. Modules are explored with teacher facilitation, then content and activities from each module will be delivered for students here on the WE ARE OCEAN Vancouver app. This free app is available in the Google Play and Apple app stores and is linked from the Vancouver Biennale and ARTPORT_WE ARE OCEAN websites.

App content will feature videos of artists Cease Wyss and Olivier Salvas addressing the students, videos relating to module topics, photography, artwork and links to an exclusive podcast where Cease and Oli will be discussing issues related to climate change and education. This podcast will also be available for streaming on Google Play, Spotify, and Apple Podcast. â€‹

Share and Stay Connected Through The App

The multimedia components (images of paintings, videos, podcasts, etc) can be streamed and used in the classroom by teachers or by students on their personal device, making these activities accessible for both home-based learning and in-class learning. Each module will have a STEAM-based activity that students will be encouraged to complete and then send a digital copy (photo or video) to Cease and Oli. The artists will upload student work onto this app to share so we can be inspired by what is being made in different WE ARE OCEAN classes across Vancouver. They will even feature student work they have received in their podcast, engaging and involving the WE ARE OCEAN Vancouver student community throughout the program.​