• World Indigenous Conference on Education (WIPCE)
Oct 13, 2017
From July 25 to 28, 2017, FNQLHSSC representatives attended the World Indigenous Conference on Education in Toronto, organized by the Six Nations Polytechnic, among others. This edition was “A Celebration of Resilience,” shining a spotlight on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) movement.

Presentations featured various inspiring practices from across the globe, by the Maori of New Zealand as well as by participants from Taiwan, Hawai’i and Western Canada. The subjects were diverse and included innovation in indigenous education, the contribution of culture to education, lifelong learning, indigenous knowledge and ways of learning, and the well-being of children.

It provided a chance to learn more about immersive practices to promote the learning of culture and language, as well as about actions that focus on the land to promote child development, that involve the family and the community in the production of pedagogical material, that give a central role to elders, and that build one-to-one relationships with families.

Participants in the Conference learned about the importance of strengthening the structure of early childhood education from within the nations, and identifying the champions in our territories who are the custodians of these structures. These understandings will contribute to the affirmation and transfer of First Nation values, knowledge and cultural practices.

More about the World Conference

This conference has taken place triennially for the last 30 years. In 2014, Hawai’i welcomed more than 4,000 experts, interveners and scholars in the field of indigenous education from all over the world. The conference establishes its programming with a view to opening discussion about contemporary visions and movements in education from an indigenous perspective.