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National Gathering for Indigenous Education

Join Canada’s leading voices on Indigenous education in Montréal, Québec – or from the comfort of your home!

November 15 – 17, 2023 | Hotel Bonaventure | Montréal, QC

Indspire is pleased to announce that this year’s National Gathering for Indigenous Education will take place via a hybrid format, allowing educators from across the country to attend virtually or in person. The 2023 National Gathering will also be presented in English and French.

The National Gathering is a one-of-a-kind venue where educators and partners can share their voices and work together to improve the educational outcomes of K-12 Indigenous students. This uniquely important annual conference attracts hundreds of educators and partners each year. We invite you to join the conversation! 

Back by popular demand, there will also be a student panel discussion featuring three Indigenous students who will discuss their experiences in post-secondary educational settings.

Indspire is excited to announce that the next National Gathering for Indigenous Education will take place in Winnipeg, MB, from Nov 20-22, 2024.

Just like the previous gatherings, the 2024 National Gathering will take a hybrid approach, allowing educators from across the country to attend virtually or in person.

Network, Share Successful Practices, and Engage

The National Gathering for Indigenous Education offers two half-days of in-person and virtual keynotes, student panels, and workshops.

Take advantage of this unparalleled opportunity to infuse your teaching with new knowledge by meeting other educators and learning about best practices in Indigenous education!

The Program

You’ll learn effective strategies and discover new research from education experts and our keynote speaker(s) – and gain new insights from the always-popular student panel discussion.

NG is your opportunity to:

  • Learn strategies for engaging students
  • Share best practices in the classroom
  • Examine emerging trends affecting Indigenous students today and more!

Who Should Attend?

The National Gathering attracts people from many areas, including:

  • On-reserve Educators
  • Principals and Vice-Principals
  • Elementary and High School Teachers
  • School Administrators
  • Students
  • Education Directors
  • Guidance Counsellors
  • Teaching and Educational Assistants
  • Superintendents
  • Curriculum and Policy writers
  • Mentors and Mentees
  • Cultural Advisors
  • and more!

Special Guests

Lori Campbell

Keynote Speaker


Keynote Speakers + Performers

Greg Horn

Master of Ceremonies


November 15

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pre-Gathering Session 1
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Pre-Gathering Session 2
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Welcome Reception & Guiding the Journey Awards

November 16

7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Registration
8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Opening Ceremony & Youth Panel
10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. Workshop Session 1 & Tradeshow
11:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. Workshop Session 2 & Tradeshow
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Lunch & Keynote
2:10 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Workshop Session 3 & Tradeshow
3:10 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Workshop Session 4 & Tradeshow
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Partners in Education Reception

November 17

7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Registration
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Keynote
9:40 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Workshop Session 5 & Tradeshow
10:40 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Workshop Session 6 & Tradeshow
11:40 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Action Canada Fellowship Panel, Lunch, & Closing

Guiding the Journey: Educator Awards

Indigenous educators guide their students’ journeys through leadership, innovative practice, and dedication to community. The Guiding the Journey Awards recognize Indigenous educators and organizations who have made valuable contributions to community-based education and honour the principles of Indigenous knowledge.


I found the National Gathering offered meaningful learning opportunities that were well worth the time and cost to attend. Hearing so many inspiring, accomplished speakers, learning about award-winning projects across the country, is a very special opportunity that should not be missed.”

It was a very worthwhile attending. I learned so much from every session and all left me feeling encouraged, empowered, and more confident in my knowledge base. I’m sure the live/in-person events are just amazing (this was my first National Gathering) but I don’t think the Virtual version was lacking at all – it was amazing!”

It’s a well-organized conference celebrating Indigenous education and culture. It provides an opportunity for non-Indigenous educators to come together with Indigenous educators to gain a knowledge of pedagogy, instructional practices, and cultural practices to better support the academic and emotional growth of students.”

Contact Us


If you have general event questions or issues with registration, please contact communications@indspire.ca or (647) 925-3969.


For information related to sponsorship or the tradeshow, please contact Wendy Quick, Senior Development Officer, Partnerships, at wquick@indspire.ca or (416) 987-0244. View the 2022 National Gathering program here.

Thank you to our 2023 supporters!

Lead Partner

Presenting Corporate Sponsor & Guiding the Journey: Indigenous Educator Awards Sponsor

Teacher Education Supporter

Post-Secondary Summit Supporter

Host City Sponsor

Major Sponsors



Supporting Sponsor

Pre-Gathering Workshop Sponsor

Event Supporter

Partners in Education Reception Sponsor

Content Sponsor

Charging Station Sponsor

Workshop Sponsors



Break Sponsors

Tradeshow Sponsors

Canadian Coast Guard College
Canadian Space Agency
Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS)
Concordia University
Dreamcatcher Promotions
Educational Impact
Elections Canada
First Nations Technical Institute (FNTI)
Inhabit Media
Learning Bird
Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre Inc.
MityBilt Products Inc.
Nelson Education
Pearson Canada
Scanning Pens
Supportive Hearing Systems Inc.
TD Summer Reading Club
Trent University
University of British Columbia