Indspire, a national charity that invests in the education of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people, announced that registration is open for the National Gathering for Indigenous Education. The event is one of the largest events taking place during National Indigenous Education Month in November.
The 2023 National Gathering will take place from November 15 to 17 in Montreal.
“It’s open to all K-12 educators who want to share best practices and innovation in Indigenous education,” said Brandon Meawasige, vice-president of communications and marketing at Indspire, in a July 13 release.
According to Indspire’s website, the National Gathering offers two half-days of in-person and virtual keynotes, student panels, and workshops. Event organizers say to take advantage of this opportunity to infuse your teaching with new knowledge by meeting other educators and learning about best practices in Indigenous education.
The conference will be utilizing a hybrid approach with content delivered simultaneously in person and online. The National Gathering is your opportunity to learn strategies for engaging students, share best practices in the classroom, examine emerging trends affecting Indigenous students today and more.
“All workshops, musical performances, panels and resources will be available to virtual attendees as well as to those who will be attending in person. Early bird registration pricing will be in effect until August 1,” Meawasige stated.
The National Gathering attracts people from many areas, including: on-reserve educators, principals and vice-principals, elementary and high school teachers, school administrators, students, education directors, guidance counsellors, teaching and educational assistants, superintendents, curriculum and policy writers, mentors and mentees, cultural advisors and more.
During the National Gathering, Indspire will also announce the recipients of the 2023 Guiding the Journey: Indigenous Educator Awards. These Awards recognize and celebrate outstanding educators for their achievements and innovations in Indigenous education.
You can learn more about the Awards at indspire.ca/events/guiding-the-journey. For more information and to register for the National Gathering, visit indspire.ca.
Indspire continues to showcase strategies that grow Indigenous student success. This year, Indspire is seeking submissions that highlight pedagogies inclusive of Indigenous cultures, languages and perspectives to engage schools, educators, parents and communities.
With the support of its funding partners, Indspire provides financial awards, delivers programs and shares resources so that First Nations, Inuit, and Métis students will achieve their highest potential. In 2021 and 2022, Indspire provided more than $23 million through 6,612 bursaries and scholarships to First Nations, Inuit and Métis students across the country.