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National Gathering
for Indigenous Education

A Shared Responsibility: Charting a Course for our Tomorrow

November 24 – 26, 2021

Join us for the National Gathering for Indigenous Education @ Home. The National Gathering is a place where educators and partners can share their voices and work together to improve the educational outcomes of K-12 Indigenous students.

In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and in the interest of public health and safety, this year’s National Gathering will take place virtually.

Included in your regular rate ticket is a student panel discussion (where three students will discuss their experiences in post-secondary educational settings), workshops over two days, a keynote address and an opportunity to network and share best practices with Indigenous educators across the country.

Register for the 2021 National Gathering

Network, Share Successful Practices, and Engage

The 2021 National Gathering for Indigenous Education offers two half days of virtual workshop presentations by educators from across Canada.

Take advantage of this opportunity to refresh and renew your passion for teaching by meeting other educators and learning about best practices in Indigenous education.

The Program

From our professional presentations, keynote speaker and popular student panel discussion, you’ll learn from education experts and discover new research at the 2021 National Gathering.

NG 2021 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 Counselors
  • Teaching and Educational Assistants
  • Superintendents
  • Curriculum and Policy writers
  • Mentors and Mentees
  • Cultural Advisors
  • and more!

Check out this year’s workshops!

Climbing the Mountain: Pre-Gathering Workshop

Join us on November 24th for Climbing the Mountain, a workshop that aims to create healthy educational spaces rooted in the principles of reconciliation and that assists with training on teaching curriculum related to Indigenous history. This workshop will empower educators to engage with the TRC’s 94 Calls to Action and practice reconciliation in their educational communities.

This workshop is not included in the regular rate ticket and will need to be purchased separately in order to attend.

Register for the Pre-Gathering Workshop

Guiding the Journey: Educator Awards

Indigenous educators guide a students’ journey through leadership, innovative practice, and dedication to community. Guiding the Journey recognizes Indigenous educators who have made valuable contributions to community-based education and honour the principles of Indigenous knowledge. Award recipients receive a framed award and a $1,000 prize.


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


For information related to sponsorship or the tradeshow, please contact Kate Espina, Director, Corporate Partnerships, at or (416) 987-0262.

Thank you to our supporters


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Major Sponsors



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Pre-Gathering Workshop Sponsor

Swag Bag Sponsor

Student Panel Sponsor

Indspiration Sponsor


Keynote Speaker Sponsor

Entertainment Sponsor


Workshop Series Sponsors



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Tradeshow Partners

AFOA Canada
Crayola Canada
Elections Canada
The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund
Health Canada
HighWater Press
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) | International Experience Canada (IEC)
Indigenous Institutes Consortium (IIC)
Learning Bird
Mining Matters
National Film Board of Canada
Operation Lifesaver
Pearson Canada
Queen’s University
Rupertsland Institute
Scanning Pens
Trent University
University of British Columbia