National Gathering for Indigenous Education

Pre-Gathering Workshops

On Wednesday, November 7th, the day before the official start of the National Gathering, join fellow Educators for one of two pre-Gathering workshops. These full-day workshops will give you a chance to dig deeper into one of these cutting-edge topics. The Pre-Gathering workshops are expected to sell out fast, so be sure to sign up early.


Workshop Option: A 
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Truth and Reconciliation: An Educator’s Guide

Presented by: Dr. Niigaan Sinclair, Associate Professor / Acting Head, Department of Native Studies, The University of Manitoba, MB

The release of the 94 recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report (TRC) has called to action Canadians from teachers to every sector of government and industry. The need to provide private and public sectors with information and interpretation of the report is of fundamental importance in order to achieve true reconciliation in Canada.

This one-day workshop utilizes the final report of the TRC and its final 94 recommendations as the framework. The educator’s guide and workshop provides educators with competency on how to incorporate the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission into classrooms, schools, and other educational settings.

Participants will receive training in two parts. Approximately one-half day will be dedicated to the theme “Legacy” and the other half-day to the theme “Reconciliation.” The one-day educator’s guide contains 22 education plans, addressing all educational recommendations, one for each recommendation. Each plan contains at least one (1) Blackline Master Activity to assist in incorporation of the information as well as suggestions for further activities. The workshop is participatory and experiential as well as contains areas to assist education planning.



Workshop Option: B
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Walking Together: Education for Reconciliation

Presented by: Melissa Purcell, Executive Staff Officer Indigenous Education, The Alberta Teachers’ Association

During this pre-conference workshop you will learn and experience the latest professional development resources and workshops to support educators in building capacity in First Nations, Métis, and Inuit foundational knowledge, such as:
• Indigenous Ways of Knowing
• Indigenous Alberta – The Footsteps of Our Ancestors
• Collective Memories of Forced Assimilation
• Stepping Stone Series; Terminology, Elder Protocol, Number Treaties within Alberta (6, 7, & 8), Introduction to the Inuit & Métis, and much more!

All of the resources and workshops were created in collaboration with local Elders, Knowledge Keepers and Cultural Advisors within Alberta. You will leave with lots of information to support your learning journey, as well as supporting others, as we move from inspiring to requiring in Indigenous education!