Six Nations Polytechnic calls for abstracts for 2017 World Indigenous People’s Conference on Education: A Celebration of Resilience

Six Nations Polytechnic (SNP), in partnership with Tap Resources, is excited to announce that they are now accepting abstracts for 2017’s World Indigenous People’s Conference on Education (WIPCE): A Celebration of Resilience. WIPCE is an international gathering held every three years to share successes and strategies in culturally grounded Indigenous Education. Abstracts are now being accepted for the upcoming Conference taking place in Toronto from July 24-29, 2017. Those interested in presenting are encouraged to apply online by visiting www.wipce2017.com or email abstractinquires@snpolytechnic.com

“Six Nations Polytechnic is uniquely poised to advance several recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission,” said Rebecca Jamieson, President of Six Nations Polytechnic. “That’s why the theme for the upcoming conference will be a celebration of resilience. The role and impacts of Indigenous education in truth and reconciliation is a global movement and reconciliation around the world will be a key focus for the conference.” Individuals submitting abstracts are requested to connect their proposal to this theme, if possible. 

In December 2015, SNP made history by announcing that they will soon be offering a three year Bachelor of Arts in Ogwehoweh Languages (Mohawk and Cayuga), marking the first time an Ogwehoweh Language degree will be offered through an Indigenous institute established under First Nations authority. “This opportunity will help to advance several of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action surrounding education and the protection of Aboriginal languages,” said Jamieson. “Specifically, recommendation number 16 which calls upon post-secondary institutions to create university and college degree and diploma programs in Aboriginal languages.” 

Over the past 30 years, WIPCE has grown to become a major event in the international Indigenous education movement. Attracting highly regarded Indigenous education experts and practitioners, Six Nations Polytechnic is expecting presentations that are intended to inform, inspire, and provoke creative discussion for continued success in Indigenous education. The 2017 conference in Toronto promises to attract educators from all over the world to discuss contemporary movements in education that support our unique Indigenous worldviews. 

WIPCE 2017 hosts are Six Nations Polytechnic in partnership with Tap Resources. Both host organizations are Six Nations based, therefore WIPCE 2017 will feature Hodinohso:ni (Six Nations) culture as well as other Indigenous cultures in Canada. Look for on-going updates at www.wipce2017.com.