OHSWEKEN – Host leaders of the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education (WIPCE) 2017 were honoured with a Leaders Circle Recognition Award on June 16, for their efforts in bringing WIPCE to Toronto.
Hosts, Rebecca Jamieson, President and CEO of Six Nations Polytechnic (SNP), and Tuesday Johnson-MacDonald, President of TAP Resources were recognized at the ceremony which took place at the June 16th inaugural Recognition Gala of the Leaders Circle held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
Jamieson and Johnson-MacDonald were among 30 recipients to be recognized.
All 30 recipients were honoured for their contributions in bringing 26 international gatherings to Toronto during a seven year span from 2012 to 2019.
“The WIPCE conference is unparalleled in its inspirational impact. It is an opportunity to affirm Indigenous knowledge and cultures, share best practices and recharge your batteries with hope and commitment for the future of Indigenous people and our planet,” said Jamieson. “Six Nations Polytechnic extends a warm welcome to all to come and enjoy WIPCE 2017 for a positive and empowering experience.”
The Leaders Circle represents Toronto’s official Ambassador Program supported by Tourism Toronto and the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC). Among those in attendance was Ontario Minister of Research, Innovation and Science, and Leaders Circle Honorary Ambassador, Reza Moridi, President and CEO of Tourism Toronto, Johanne Bélanger and Barry Smith, President & CEO of MTCC.
“As co-hosts of WIPCE 2017, we are honoured to be recognized by the Leaders Circle for bringing this distinguished conference to the city of Toronto,” said Johnson-MacDonald. “We saw an opportunity to bring a global Indigenous voice to the continuing discussion and developments of reconciliation within Indigenous Education. We look forward to creating the platform for this Celebration of Resilience.”