National Gathering for Indigenous Education

Call for Presentations is now closed for 2018.

The 2018 National Gathering for Indigenous Education held this upcoming November is being hosted in Edmonton.

“Transforming Education Through Reconciliation” is the theme for 2018.

Indigenous education is a reciprocal process that includes cultures, traditions, histories, Indigenous ways of knowing and being that engage students, staff, parents, and community partners to collaborate for student success.  Indigenous student success is critical for the future of Canada. The National Gathering is a place where educators and partners in education can celebrate, renew and rebuild relationships and share experiences with a mutual goal of improving educational outcomes of K- 12 Indigenous students. This conference is another step towards reconciliation and presents workshops within four categories: knowing, feeling, doing, being.

We welcome proposals on topics related to the following areas:

Mental  – Knowing

  • Academics areas such as literacy, numeracy or other
  • Early learning
  • Special education
  • Career counseling innovations
  • Critical inquiry, 21st century literacies that integrate progressive ways of teaching, learning and assessment
  • Leadership models at the system level (division/district or First Nations)
  • School leadership models
  • Understanding colonial legacy such as Truth and Reconciliation or anti-racist/oppressive education

Emotional – Feeling

  • Mental health and well-being
  • Suicide and prevention
  • Parental engagement
  • Social skills, self-esteem
  • Substance abuse
  • Student mentorship programs, role models

Physical – Doing

  • Healthy lifestyle and nutrition
  • Land based learning
  • Social justice engagement in the community
  • Attendance, graduation
  • Technology literacies
  • Student engagement
  • Students support in transitions: rural/remote to urban areas to Post-secondary education

Spiritual – Being

  • Culture
  • Language
  • Traditional arts
  • Wellness
  • Culturally relevant resources/curricula

Workshop Presentation Guidelines

Presentations should be approximately 60 minutes in length (45 minutes to present and 15 minutes for questions and answers).  Use the online form to submit your proposal.  Be prepared to provide:

  • A 100 word biography of the workshop presenter (and co-presenter if applicable)
  • Title of workshop presentation
  • A succinct 500 word description of the workshop presentation that includes
    1. Description of how your topic relates to the theme
    2. Description of how you plan to involve participants in your session (strategies that support engagement)
  • A 100 word workshop abstract
  • Identification of 3 expected learning outcomes
  • Intended audience: primary, junior, intermediate, senior, administration/leadership or some combination thereof

If your submission is successful you will be required to confirm your participation soon after being notified.

Submission is now closed for 2018. Thank you!

If you have any questions, please email gathering@indspire.ca or contact toll free 1 855 INDSPIRE (463.7747) x 252.