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Join us at our October conference: Gaa-izhi-izhitwaawaad anishinaabeg – Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning

You are invited to our upcoming 3-day conference:

Gaa-izhi-izhitwaawaad anishinaabeg: Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning

When: October 2 – 4, 2018

Where: Treaty #3 Territory, Fort Frances, Ontario

Building on the success of last year’s conference, this gathering is an opportunity for educators from across Ontario to build relationships with a common goal: improving teaching within a framework of reconciliation and reciprocal learning.

The conference coincides with Dagwaaginimaawindoosijigewin (Fall Harvest), an annual event hosted by Seven Generations Education Institute. It provides educators, policy makers and academics an opportunity to experience land-based learning and culturally responsive teaching in Treaty #3 territory in Northwestern Ontario. See below for an overview of each day.

The conference highlights the partnership with Seven Generations Education Institute, Rainy River District School Board and the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study, University of Toronto).

Conference registration is free. Please click here to complete the registration. Once we receive your registration, we will send you a confirmation along with travel and accommodation information.

Space is limited – please register soon!


Monday, October 1: Travel to Treaty #3 Territory

Tuesday, October 2: School and Community visit hosted by Rainy River District School Board and local First Nation communities

  • Tour of Mine Centre Public School and Kindergarten Outdoor Camp
  • Panel discussion with knowledge keepers: Cultural teachings across curriculum areas
  • Community tour and feast

Wednesday, October 3: Conference Day – La Place Rendezvous Conference Centre

  • Keynote: Dr. Lisa Lunney Borden, St. Francis Xavier University
  • Experience a variety of workshops and conference presentations
  • Public Evening Keynote: Kevin Lamoureux (National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation) at Townshend Theatre in Fort Frances High School

Thursday, October 4: Dagwaaginimaawindoosijigewin (Fall Harvest)

  • Hosted by Seven Generations Education Institute
  • Land-Based Learning in First Nation communities
  • Closing Dinner at La Place Rendezvous

Looking forward to seeing you,

– Brent, Heather, Bob, Kim, Shelly, Aimee, Bev and Haley

Brent Tookenay (Chief Executive Officer, Seven Generations Education Institute)
Heather Campbell (Director of Education, Rainy River District School Board)
Bob Kowal (Indigenous Education Leader, Rainy River District School Board)
Kim Kirk (First Nation Student Success Program Teacher, Seven Generations Education Institute)
Shelly Jones (First Nation Student Success Program Teacher, Seven Generations Education Institute)
Aimee Beazley (First Nation Student Success Program Teacher, Seven Generations Education Institute)
Bev Caswell, Ph.D. (Director, Robertson Program, Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study, OISE, University of Toronto)
Haley Higdon (Program Director, Natural Curiosity, Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study, OISE, University of Toronto)


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  1. Sally trower
    July 5, 2018 at 4:29 pm · Reply

    Am I missing where it says the cost?

    • The Robertson Program
      August 3, 2018 at 12:24 pm · Reply

      Hello Sally,
      Sorry for the delayed response. There is no cost for the conference. Delegates are required to pay for travel to and from Fort Frances, as well as accommodations and some meals (some meals are included in the conference). I checked the registration and see that you have signed up – thank you! We will be in touch very soon with a package of travel recommendations, which includes an estimate of the costs associated with the conference.

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