International conference wins local team a national award

TORONTO — Six Nations Polytechnic and Tap Resources were awarded Best Conference at the 2018 Canadian Event Industry Awards for their work on the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education (WIPCE).

WIPCE draws Indigenous representatives such as First Nations, Native Americans, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, Maori, Ainu, Sami and more to share successes and strategies for culturally grounded Indigenous education.

In January, the conference’s organization partners received the regional Best Conference Award for the WIPCE conference and were automatically advanced to the national level.

One of the recipients, TAP Resources President Tuesday Johnson-MacDonald said, “It is the first time an Indigenous program and collaborative has won this recognition in Canada. It was truly an honour to be recognized by my peers in the Industry.”

Six Nations Polytechnic was also recognized for it’s work as the host academy for the event. President & CEO of Six Nations Polytechnic Rebecca Jamieson said, “The WIPCE conference was unparalleled in its inspirational impact. We’re thrilled to have been chosen as one of the best conferences in Canada and hope to see this legacy carried forward with future WIPCE conferences.”

WIPCE attracts highly regarded Indigenous education experts, practitioners, and scholars from around the globe. The conference leads the discussion on contemporary movements in education that support Indigenous worldviews. The 2017 conference with over 3,000 participants was held in Toronto and Six Nations was the conference’s host community.

Elders and indigenous scholars from around the world gathered at Chiefswood Park last summer for an historic gathering to open the conference.

The Canadian Event Industry Awards are the hallmark of achievement in the Canadian event and meeting industry. The program was established in 1997 as a platform for event and meeting professionals from each major discipline of the industry to be recognized and celebrated for their talent, hard work and success.

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