Call for Presenters/Participants

Wabanaki and First Nations Wise Teaching Practices: Supporting Children and protecting Mother Nature

Thursday, October 3rd, and 4th, 2024

Online conference

October 3rd: Open to Indigenous teachers (First Nations, Inuit and Metis)

October 4th: Open to Wabanaki Indigenous Students and Alumni

This Indigenous Learning Gathering is an opportunity for Indigenous teachers and Indigenous teachers’ candidates to learn, share and innovate wise and culturally grounded teaching strategies that create a supportive school learning environment grounded on Indigenous cultures. Participate in this event with online presentations to explore real-world teaching practices that are transforming Indigenous students and communities in the Wabanaki Nation and other Indigenous nations, improving Indigenous culture, language, knowledge and learning while protecting Mother Nature from climate change challenges.

What to expect:

Participate in a network with Elders, Indigenous teachers (elementary level) and Indigenous scholars from Wabanaki Nations and other Indigenous Nations in Turtle Island.

You can be a presenter or a participant. As a presenter, you will prepare a 15-minute presentation and if you wish, you might publish your experience in a future collection of presentations or journal proceedings.


Online presenters, and online participants.

The conference will be delivered by Zoom. Registration is required HERE.

Fee: Free for Indigenous Teachers.

This conference is supported by the 10,000 New Indigenous Teachers, Indigenous Initiative of the Rideau Hall Foundation.


This conference is hosted by the Mi’kmaq-Wolastoqey Centre, the Faculty of Education at the University of New Brunswick.

Who can participate:

Morning: Indigenous teachers from First Nations, Inuit and Metis in Canada.

Afternoon: Wabanaki Bachelor of Education (WBEd) Indigenous teachers in training and WBEd alumni.

How to Apply (for presenters)

In a short presentation (15 minutes), selected Indigenous teachers are invited to share their successful experiences in teaching effectively Indigenous children in any of the areas of learning, Nature and human development. All experiences are required to identify:

  1. What is the Indigenous Nation involved in this experience?
  2. What is the contribution to the protection of Mother Earth from the current climate challenges? (you can also check the UN ESD resources or the UNESCO guidelines for Education for Sustainable Development)
  3. A short description of the pedagogy or the in-progress experience.
  4. How does this pedagogy effectively support the growth of Indigenous children?

Submission Details:

The timeline for online presentation proposals is:

  • Proposals (500 words) are due by August 1, 2024.
  • Acceptance notifications by September 1, 2024.
  • A PowerPoint with the presentation is due by September 15, 2024.
  • All submissions undergo to peer review process

Register and submit your presentation at: HERE

Note on Cultural Knowledge Protection:

To prevent any misappropriation of Indigenous knowledge and guarantee the Indigenous rights of protecting, controlling and safeguarding Indigenous knowledge, the publication will be completely optional for participants, only a general reference of the presentation will be published and copyrights will be not passed from presenters to the University of New Brunswick, making authors the only owners of their knowledge. Only in those particular cases that the presenter would like to include their presentation in an extensive format, it will be included in a Learning Gathering Journal. For this particular case, a Word document with a short description of their experiences and other basic information will be included in an upcoming publication with the proceedings of the WISE teaching practices conference.

This optional publication will be based on the spirit of sharing and learning with others inside a learning community.


Juan Rodriguez, (

Associate Professor Faculty of Education and Mi’kmaq-Wolastoqey Centre

University of New Brunswick