Connected North at Think Indigenous International Education Conference
On March 11th and 12th Jennifer, Jade, Kayla, Dallas, and Quetzala represented TakingITGlobal and the Connected North Program at Think Indigenous International Education Conference in Enoch Cree Nation, Alberta.
Now in its 5th year, the Think Indigenous International Education Conference creates space for Indigenous thinking, speaking, and learning. The conference brings Indigenous and non-Indigenous educators together to inspire the incorporation of Indigenous knowledge into everyday practices of teaching.
This year’s conference featured keynote speakers such as filmmaker Tasha Hubbard and Director of ITEP Chris Scribe. The workshop presentations varied from land-based teaching practices to learning about two-spirit identity, language revitalization, and understanding racism.
Connected North Workshop Presentation
Dallas, Kayla, and Jade had the opportunity to deliver a workshop presentation at the conference. The presentation addressed innovative approaches in Indigenous Education and highlighted the use of technology that the Connected North Program delivers to 55 remote schools in Indigenous communities.
With Dallas taking the lead on moderating the conversation, the workshop presentation focused on storytelling and the unique experiences and roles that Dallas, Kayla, and Jade have had working with the program.
As a school lead, Kayla shared with the audience how she:
- Supports staff and students accessing the Connected North Program
- Has traveled and built relationships in northern communities
- Hosts Indigenous content providers for the program
As an Indigenous content provider, Jade shared with the audience how she:
- Delivers interactive sessions about storytelling and podcasting
- Is able to teach about residential schools and share knowledge with youth across Canada
- Has had the opportunity to work on other projects such as the #RisingYouth Podcast and Three Sisters Soup for the Spirit
In addition to the information about the Connected North Program, Jennifer spoke about the Future Pathways Report that was launched in the Fall of 2019. While the conference was cancelled on the second day in response to the emerging concerns and spread of COVID-19, our team valued the connections made with communities and sharing our experiences with such an engaged and receptive audience.
Written by Jade Roberts on behalf of the TakingITGlobal Team