Enhancing Indigenous Education Through Co-Creation is a national initiative, convening two gatherings driven by the principles of:
- Co-creation and collaboration
- Walking together in good and honourable ways
- Incorporating traditional Indigenous world views, perspectives, and processes
- Engaging youth voice, experience and expertise
The Gathering of Youth Wisdom convened by the Rideau Hall Foundation, facilitated by Three Things Consulting and hosted by the Owning Partners of the Manitoulin Hotel & Conference Centre: M’Chigeeng First Nation, Whitefish River First Nation, Sheshegwaning First Nation, Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation, Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory, Sagamok Anishnawbek, and The Great Spirit Circle Trail recruited 36 youth leaders interested in Indigenous education issues to take part in a national gathering that includes Indigenous youth from every province and territory. The work done by these youth was carried to a second gathering in June, The Enhancing Indigenous Education Through Co-Creation Gathering, hosted by the Six Nations Language Commission and Six Nations Polytechnic which included Indigenous and non-Indigenous leaders and education experts who worked on co-creating a strategy to develop a national project, informed by youth voice, that will support best practice in Indigenous education, improving outcomes for Indigenous learners. These gatherings are part of a larger project being undertaken, Enhancing Indigenous Education Through Co-Creation.
From coast to coast-to-coast Indigenous young people are changing the world, for their own future, their peers, communities and the country as a whole.
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The Gathering of Youth Wisdom:
- Brought together 36 Indigenous youth between 15 and 20 years old
- Included representation from each province and territory
- Provided space for youth to explore, learn and share about Indigenous education issues
- Developed a youth authored Declaration and key recommendations that was carried to Indigenous and non-Indigenous leaders and education experts
The Enhancing Indigenous Education Through Co-Creation Gathering:
- Brought leadership from national Indigenous organizations, educators, Foundations, and decision makers from national youth serving organizations together to determine roles as co-creators and shared values when working collaboratively
- Responded to youth recommendations
- Explored how to collectively create action
- Developed national ideas that could enhance Indigenous education rooted in wise practices and co-creation with an implementation strategy
Enhancing Indigenous Education Through Co-Creation:
The outer symbols represent the three Indigenous Peoples of Canada: the First Nation, Metis and Inuit Peoples. In the center, the Sun demonstrates the connection to all humankind and the role that the Sun plays in providing warmth, light and life along with important teachings in many Indigenous cultures. Education and learning, both from traditional teachings and formalized schooling provides a bright future for young people today.
The infinity symbol, found on the Métis Nation flag represents the joining of two cultures and the existence of a people forever. This speaks to the intent of this co-creation process, bringing together youth and adults and Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. We recognize the joining of cultures in good and honourable ways is essential to ensure the existence and strength of Indigenous Peoples.
An ulu has long been used to ensure the survival of the Inuit, a tool to prepare harvested animals for food and clothing. Traditionally, the ulu has been passed down through the generations along with the knowledge that was carried within the tool. The ulu reminds us that traditional and mainstream education along with a strong connection to the land are critical components of Indigenous education.
The drum is an important component of many First Nation cultures, traditions and ceremonies while sharing many teachings. It provides healing, often required from generations of education systems that have hurt First Nation Peoples and is an important component when bringing together First Nation and non-First Nation People in the path towards reconciliation. The drum has been used for time immemorial to call people together, to gather. The sound of the drum calls us together for this important co-creation process that will enhance education for all Indigenous youth.