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Join SHS at the Leadership and Environmental Action Forum at the Canadian Museum of Nature on April 18th! Groups of teachers and students (up to 25) are welcome to join us for a day of workshops and activities dedicated to water and sustainability! Ecology Ottawa is even offering a series of workshops on Green Energy and the curriculum for teachers! This great day is being presented by the Canadian Museum of Nature is collaboration with Sierra Youth Coalition, Earth Day Ottawa, and Ecology Ottawa. For more information visit this website or contact to register!

Past Events

EcoMentors Conference with Earth Day Canada

Saturday, November 5th, 2011 at St. Paul's University, Ottawa, ON. Over 100 Ottawa area youth (and some visitors) joined SHS at the first ever EcoMentors Conference in Ottawa. Presented by the Sierra Youth Coalition and Earth Day Canada, it was a great day full of workshops and leadership and facilitation training. Our keynote speaker for the day was Emily Hunter, who reminded us all why it's so important to get involved and make change!

  • Ottawa's 3rd Sustainable High Schools Conference!

On October 20th, 2010, Woodroffe High School, in partnership with the Sierra Youth Coalition, hosted the third annual Sustainable High Schools Conference. Over 150 people attended from 23 English and French high schools across Ottawa, and offered students a chance to develop the skills and capacity needed to promote sustainability in their schools. In addition to mobilizing the school community on issues of sustainability, the Sustainable High Schools Conference also seeked to develop resources and skills that will help create and support projects for a better future.


A truly eco-responsible, skill-building, action-oriented and fun summer experience! The YAG took place July 12th-16th  2010 at MacSkimming Outdoor Education Centre, Ottawa, Ontario. The YAG is a five-day camp for youth between the ages of 14-19. There you get to explore different venues for community leadership and how to take action on social/environmental injustices. While discovering our role in the activism scope, we can have fun through interactive workshops like yoga, sprouting, vegan cooking, alternative energy and inclusive discussions on topics such as green washing and anti-oppression.

Also check out the YAG page for details about the Halifax and Victoria YAGs!

  • Ottawa’s Second Annual Sustainable High Schools Conference

On Friday, October 16th, Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School (SWL), in partnership with the Sierra Youth Coalition, hosted the 2nd Annual Sustainable High Schools Conference. The conference provided training to students to enhance their capacities to lead successful sustainability initiatives at their schools and created the opportunity for Anglophone and Francophone students from public and Catholic school boards to connect and learn from each other. Over 150 students, teachers and administrators were brought together to share their experiences on sustainability projects, and develop new skills to help make change happen in their school communities!

  • Ottawa Youth Action Gathering 2009

The Youth Action Gathering took place on July 20 – 24, 2009 at the MacSkimming Outdoor Education Centre.

  • Ottawa’s 1st Annual Sustainable High Schools Conference

We held our first Ottawa Sustainable High Schools Conference on November 14, 2008. Over 75 students, teachers, and youth environmental and community organizers came to build skills, create a network, and share how they’re making their schools greener, fairer, and healthier places to learn, work, and play.

View some of the pictures by clicking here

  • Quebec Sustainable Campuses Conference

Three energetic high school students from Collège catholique Samuel-Genest attended the conference in Montreal from January 30 to February 2, 2009. The Quebec Sustainable Campuses Conference is an opportunity for students from universities and colleges across Quebec to gather for trainings, to exchange ideas and strategies, and to develop regional and provincial campaigns. Additional sustainability workshops are also included to inform and inspire participants.