National Gathering for Indigenous Education

November 29, 2017 – December 1, 2017
Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth

900 Rene Levesque Blvd. W
Montreal, Quebec


Education and Reconciliation: Moving forward together

Canada’s 150th is a time to celebrate, renew and rebuild our relationships. Indigenous education is a reciprocal process that includes cultures, traditions, and histories and engages students, staff, parents, and community partners to collaborate for student success. Closing the gap in Indigenous education is critical for the future of Canada. The National Gathering is a place where educators and partners can share their experiences and work together to improve the educational outcomes of K- 12 Indigenous students. This conference is another step towards reconciliation and presents workshops within four categories: knowing, feeling, doing, being.

Celebrating and exploring our rich Indigenous cultures, traditions, and histories; this conference engages educators, and community partners to collaborate for student success.

Cindy Blackstock, PhD (Social Work) Executive Director, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, and Professor, School of Social Work, McGill University

A member of the Gitksan First Nation, Cindy has 25 years of social work experience in child protection and Indigenous children’s rights.

Her promotion of culturally based equity for First Nations children and families and engaging children in reconciliation has been recognized by the Nobel Women’s Initiative, the Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, Frontline Defenders and many others.

An author of over 50 publications and a widely sought after public speaker, Cindy recently completed a Master of Jurisprudence degree and currently serves as a Commissioner for the Pan American Health Organization Commission on Health Equity and Inequity.

Why should you attend?

  • Share Successful Practices and research
  • Network with educators from across Canada
  • Participate in practical workshops that address the cognitive, emotional, physical, and spiritual needs of K-12 Indigenous students
  • Listen to inspiring keynote and guest speaker addresses
  • Celebrate excellence at the Guiding the Journey: Indigenous Educator Awards luncheon (December 1, 2017)
  • Learn about Indspire’s K-12 Institute programs and resources for educators

Registration includes:

  • Workshops, keynote and guest speaker addresses
  • Access to education-focused exhibitors at the tradeshow on Thursday and Friday
  • Breakfast and lunch on November 30 and December 1, 2017

Registration Rates and Deadlines

2017 Indspire National Gathering Registration Rates and Deadlines

** Note that all delegate prices in 2017 INCLUDE one ticket to the Guiding the Journey Awards Ceremony (a $175 value in 2016)



Early Bird rate

(by Sept 15)

Regular rate

(by Nov 29)

Onsite rate

(Nov 29 & Dec 1)

2017 National Gathering Conference

(Nov 29 & Dec 1, 2017)


$ 529

$ 599

$ 649

2017 National Gathering Conference Student

(Nov 29 & Dec 1, 2017) – email proof of student status required

$399 for all categories and limited to twenty (20) seats, first come first served.

View a list of all the workshops here

Refund policy
Refunds less $25 administration fee are available prior to October 27, 2017 .
Refunds will be given for cancellations received in writing to by October 27, 2017, midnight.
No refunds after October 27, 2017, midnight.

Please contact | 1.855.463.7747 x252


Thank you to supporters of the 2017 National Gathering for Indigenous Education