Indigenous Education Summit: Promoting Successful Transitions
The national Indigenous Education Summit, titled Promoting Successful Transitions, will bring together community members, educators, policy makers, employers, students, and researchers to engage in dialogue about educational pathways for Indigenous learners. Pathways to and through education for Indigenous learners are many and varied, and include movement from elementary to high school, high school to post-secondary, school to the labour market, and between on-reserve and off-reserve schools. These movements represent important transition points that are critical to individual and community success. While it has been widely recognized that there needs to be greater coordination between K-12, post-secondary institutions, and the labour market to support successful transitions, there are few opportunities for key stakeholders from each sector to meet and discuss ideas.
Set in historic Niagara-on-the-Lake during bicentennial commemorations of the War of 1812, the Summit will be carried out in a spirit of reflection, renewal, and relationship building. The bicentenary of the War of 1812 serves as a powerful and timely symbol of the need for all Canadians to better understand the place, culture and traditions of Indigenous peoples in the history, present and future of this country. This Summit will build on the momentum of recent conferences and national reports, and focus on developing concrete action items that can inform education policy and programming.