Meghan Beaven – Think Indigenous Education Conference 2018

March 14-16, 2018 at TCU Place, Saskatoon, SK

 

I recently attended the fourth annual Think Indigenous Education Conference. The conference this year offered over 75 presenters.  The keynotes, presentations and breakout sessions all encompassed a central theme of Indigenous identity, what it truly is, and the need to return to Indigenous ways of knowledge and land-based educational practices.  The goal of the conference itself is to celebrate Indigenous knowledge and Indigenous education.  The Métis were also showcased during the conference as well.  The day of RED Talks (similar to TED Talks) was very powerful.  On Wednesday evening there was a film screening of “Indian Horse”, and Thursday evening a Round Dance was held.  I chose to attend this conference because I feel it is extremely important that we work towards cultural responsiveness in our schools in the north, and in Saskatchewan.  Many of our students are of Indigenous decent and we need to celebrate their heritage.  The conference provided me with many great conversations, networking and a starting point of what I can do now, not only in my classroom, but in the school community as well to begin working on Truth and Reconciliation through cultural awareness and responsiveness.  For us teachers in NLSD, I firmly believe that this a conference that you must try to attend at least once.