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ACTION STREAMS

The 9 Action Streams outlined in the National Strategy reflect key areas for action, as identified by Canadians, to advance ocean literacy. Learn about the key objective(s), progress indicators, Action Team members, and current project(s) for each Action Stream below.

Key Objective(s) Progress Indicators Action Team Members Current Project(s)
Increase support, collaboration, and coordination across the growing community of practice; develop tools to measure trends, changes, and progress in OL over the Ocean Decade
  • Growth and composition of community of practice membership and member perceptions of utility of COLC
  • # of Action Teams and members of teams
  • # and type of initiatives registered on the OL Map (per region, language, and sector) 
  • Reach, strengths, and barriers across the different types of initiatives, as identified by organizations via a repeated national survey tool
  • Niva Inc.
  • Stacy Malloch
  • Taking It Global
  • National Research Council of Canada
Explore the Canadian OL Map & add your initiative! 
Key Objective(s) Progress Indicators Action Team Members Current Project(s)
Provide more accessible, streamlined, and sustained funding opportunities for community-driven OL initiatives that are regionally, culturally, and linguistically relevant
  • Funding contributions and breakdown
  • # and type of community project recipients (per region)
  • Strengths, challenges, and impacts of the funded community projects as captured in the reporting process 
  • # of successful joint funding proposals and grants
This team is currently being assembled. To learn more or join the Action Team, click here. Coming soon!
Key Objective(s) Progress Indicators Action Team Members Current Project(s)
Provide research-based understandings of effective teaching practices to inform integration of ocean-water-climate education within Ministries of Education, school districts, and classrooms (both formal and non-formal), aligning with broader environmental sustainability education and empowering action
  • # of provincial/territorial curriculum documents, teacher education courses, and professional development opportunities for pre- and in-service teachers that include ocean (water) education content
  • # of and enrolment in ocean-related education/certification programs
  • # of formal and non-formal ocean education resources and initiatives on the OL Map     
  • # of education research publications in Canada with ocean-climate literacy content     
  • # of identified Blue Schools in Canada
  • # and type of ocean related professional programs in universities and colleges across Canada
This team is currently being assembled. To learn more or join the Action Team, click here. Coming soon!
Key Objective(s) Progress Indicators Action Team Members Current Project(s)
Support and grow World Ocean Day (June 8) events into a week-long festival, connecting Canadians to the ocean and waterways and contributing to ocean solutions
  • Annual # of OWC national and community events and participating Canadians per event
  • # of cross-sectoral partnerships in organizing and supporting OWC events
  • Changes in understanding, attitudes and behavioural intentions in sample of OWC event participants annually
  • Changes in Canadians’ (random sampling) ocean awareness, perceptions and values via a repeated national survey and poll per 2020 baseline 
  • Anne-Marie Asselin, Organisation bleue
  • Bryan Martin, CaNOE/Maritime Aboriginal Peoples Council
  • Carol Amaratunga, Cartis Research Inc.
  • Diz Glithero, Canadian Ocean Literacy Coalition
  • Dominique Normand, True Spirit of the North
  • Eleanor Haine Bennett, Canadian Commission for UNESCO
  • Jesse Hildebrand, Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants
  • Kiley Best, CaNOE/Marine Institute
  • Lauren Hudson, Ocean Networks Canada
  • Lucija Prelovec, CaNOE/Ocean School
  • Maia Hoeberechts, CaNOE/Ocean Networks Canada
  • Noémie Roy, Parks Canada
  • Sarah MacNeil, Consultant
  • Tara Donaghy, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Toby Plant, Ocean Wise
Check out OWC 2021 and be part of OWC 2022! 
Key Objective(s) Progress Indicators Action Team Members Current Project(s)
Increase communication of diverse ocean stories; support community science journalism and artists building land-water-ocean-human connections
  • Changes in Canadians’ (random sampling) ocean awareness, perceptions and values via a repeated national survey and poll per 2020 baseline     
  • Results of a repeated coarse-scale media analysis to track # and types of ocean stories in Canadian media compared to the 2020 baseline
  • Trends in social media activity related to ocean awareness
  • MEOPAR
  • JASCO Applied Sciences Ltd 
  • National Research Council of Canada
  • Mitacs
  • Ocean Networks Canada
  • Ocean Frontier Institute (Ocean School)
  • National Film Board of Canada
Learn more and take part in Stories for Stream2Sea!
Key Objective(s) Progress Indicators Action Team Members Current Project(s)
Engage and support diverse youth in ocean conservation, policy and decision-making processes; increase awareness of and career/training opportunities in the sustainable blue economy
  • # of OL initiatives led by and for youth on the OL Map
  • Diversity of youth participating in ocean leadership, conservation and blue economy career programs via co-developed tool with representative samples           
  • # of annual participants in the Canadian Ocean Innovation Challenge
  • Quality of engagement for representative sample of Canadian youth delegates in international ocean events using a youth-developed assessment tool
This team is currently being assembled. To learn more or join the Action Team, click here. Get involved in Blue Futures Pathways led by the Students on Ice Foundation and partner organizations
Key Objective(s) Progress Indicators Action Team Members Current Project(s)
Eliminate barriers for all Canadians to accessing and benefitting from blue spaces; support community-based priorities to inform action and enable resiliency related to a changing ocean
  • # of community entries for Stream2Sea story mapping project by Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, women, youth, people with disabilities, 2SLGTBQIA+ people, and other priority populations
  • # and type of community projects supported by the Microgrant Program (see Action Stream #2) that are focused on addressing barriers to access and diversity      
  • Changes in the state of diversity in Canada’s ocean-related sectors and identified ocean sector opportunities addressing inequities (e.g., training, internships, etc.) for priority populations through collaborative action research and co-developed instruments
This team is currently being assembled. To learn more or join the Action Team, click here. Coming soon!
Key Objective(s) Progress Indicators Action Team Members Current Project(s)
Improve coordination and collaboration across levels of government to better communicate and integrate ocean, water and climate literacy in relevant policy and public engagement outreach
  • focus and outcomes of co-identified objectives by an Interdepartmental Federal Working Group on ocean-water-climate literacy, including the tracking of formal and informal partnerships created between federal government and external community organizations and experts
  • # of government-convened meetings that bring ocean-water-climate literacy leaders together from across different sectors, and progress on identified actions
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Parks Canada
  • National Research Council of Canada
More info coming soon!
Key Objective(s) Progress Indicators Action Team Members Current Project(s)
Improve Canadians understanding and appreciation of the interdependency of their own health and well-being with a healthy ocean and waterways; strengthen ocean and human health research, education, and communication in Canadian society
  • # of existing community projects that focus on OHH connections
  • # of OHH educational resources and engagement activities targeted for the public 
  • # of publications/researchers who reference the OHH concept
  • funding secured to support and communicate OHH research
This team is currently being assembled. To learn more or join the Action Team, click here. Coming soon!

WAYS TO GET INVOLVED

JOIN AN ACTION TEAM

Each Action Stream has an Action Team that works closely with COLC’s project office to serve as a coordinated national voice. Teams include diverse expertise, skills, and capacity from across regions and sectors to ensure leadership, momentum, Canada-wide collaboration, and measured progress.

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REGISTER YOUR INITIATIVE ON THE CANADIAN OCEAN ACTION STREAMS TRACKER (C.O.A.S.T.)

C.O.A.S.T. is a tool to track community-led projects and on-the-ground advancement of each of the Action Streams from coast to coast to coast. Registered C.O.A.S.T. initiatives, organized by Action Stream(s), are integrated into COLC’s ocean literacy map, as well as into the Strategy implementation evaluation plan.

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