Call for Proposals

Application closes October 13, 2023 at Midnight

  • To submit a proposal please read the information below on Session Types and Topic Streams and fill-in the form at the bottom of this page.
  • The main requirement is a 250 word abstract outlining: the theme of your session; how you are honouring Indigenous resurgence; and, how you are moving your topic forward towards self-determination. Please avoid discipline or area-specific jargon or terminology, or explicitly define special terminology as needed.
  • If you are a student and would like your submission to be considered for the student section of the program. Please indicate this on the form.
  • Maximum two session proposals per person (including group submissions).
  • Only complete proposals submitted through the online form before the deadline will be considered.
  • Results and registration information will be emailed to you after adjudication in the Fall of 2024.
Session Types
  1. Workshop

Time slot: 75 minutes (single session) or 2 hours 30 minutes (two sessions).

We are interested in workshops that are highly interactive and provide participants with a hands-on learning and networking experience. If you are proposing a two session workshop please provide a rationale in terms of activities, components and outcomes. Please provide the names of all facilitators and select a maximum workshop capacity when submitting your proposal.

A Workshop outline might look like this:

  • Facilitator introduction           
  • Introduction of workshop topic
  • Presentation   
  • Interactive group activity
  • Summarize      
  • Questions from participants
  • Feedback/evaluation  
  • Wrap-up
  1. Panel

Time Slot: 75 minutes (single session)

Present and share experiences and perspectives in any of the four topic streams as part of a panel. Please include a moderator and names of all presenters with the titles of their individual presentations if applicable in the “presenter” component of the application.

  1. Circle

Time Slot: 75 minutes (single session) or 2 hours 30 minutes (two sessions)

Present and share experiences and perspectives in any of the four topic streams as part of a talking circle. If you are proposing a talking circle, please indicate who will facilitate and provide details on their approach to facilitation in the abstract.  

  1.  Presentation

Time Slot: 25 minutes for individual presentation

Present in any of the four topic streams. The selection committee will group these individual presentation submissions thematically into sessions with a moderator. Each presenter will have 20 minutes to present with the remaining 5 minutes of the allotted time dedicated to discussion and/or questions.

Topic Streams

The organizing theme of the 2024 S’TEṈISTOLW̱ Conference is ‘Where the Waters Meet.’ This metaphor reflects the intentions we have for this gathering.  

  • We welcome session proposals that speak to the Conference theme 
  • Our four topic streams for session proposals fall within the two conference sub-themes of Indigenous Pedagogies and Relationality & Living Our Collective Values.
  • We encourage submissions that emphasize praxis and reflect experience – the ‘doing and being’ of Indigenous education – and those that include participatory elements and audience-engagement. 
  • We also have a stream for the students and alumni of Indigenous undergraduate, college and community-based education initiatives to present on their work, perspectives and experience in relation to the four main topics. 

Indigenous Pedagogies

  1. Land and Community-Based Experiential Learning
  • Exhibiting the essence and goals of immersive education in land, water, and community settings.
  • Projects focused in land-based education and/or partnerships with Indigenous communities.
  • Examples of education programs, language revitalization efforts, and models of seamless transitions between institutional and community-based approaches.
  1. Supporting Learner Engagement
  • Engaging Indigenous pedagogies and forms of Traditional Knowledge (re)production in teaching such as storytelling and language regeneration.
  • Examples of creative and innovative strategies for supporting and realizing student success such as online and distance education, arts-based approaches, filmmaking, community mapping and social media.
  • Insights into student support systems in counselling, advising and tutoring including working with Elders and community Knowledge Keepers.

Relationality & Living Our Collective Values

  1. Practicing Indigenization
  • Indigenization is the process of infusing Indigenous knowledge and perspective into the structural layers of an institution.
  • Perspectives on:
    • How is Indigenization being realized/actualized or not?
    • What has changed in objectives and processes of Indigenization over the last decade and where can we go from here?
    • How can we advance Indigenous leadership and self-determination in post-secondary and adult education?
  • Examples of Indigenization initiatives carried out in post-secondary/tertiary institutions, government and non-governmental educational structures.
  1. Strengthening Alliances
  • Perspectives on:
    • How can we collectively strengthen relationships, in particular, between Indigenous education practitioners and institutions?
    • How can we build local, national and international movements and networks of Indigenous educators and their allies?
    • How good allyship can be modelled in education and scholarship?
  • Examples of creative, innovative, and reciprocal relationship-building through programs, activities, events, projects, etc. between Indigenous communities, agencies, organizations and partner post-secondary institutions, including internationally.

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