The Fraser River: Creative Ecologies for Transformative Pedagogy


  • Lee Beavington Kwantlen Polytechnic University
  • Amy Huestis Kwantlen Polytechnic University
  • Liz Toohey-Wiese Kwantlen Polytechnic University



arts-based, poetic inquiry, more-than-human, creative process, interdisciplinary, education, Fraser River


Rivers are agents of change and transformation, and in this paper, they offer metaphorical and literal inspiration. The three authors are university instructors and artists from the sciences and the fine arts. The poetry, narrative, and visual artwork presented amplify the voice of the more-than-human world, in particular, the Fraser River, and exemplifies art-based learning across the curriculum. University students are dealing with unprecedented stresses: the climate crisis, mental distress, and pandemic-fueled screen fatigue. Art reveals interrelationships and a personal connection to place and pedagogy, while creative expression can cultivate climate resiliency and a path toward better understanding ourselves and our place in the world. Finally, examples of arts-based pedagogical applications connected to waterways are outlined.