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Indigenous Adult and Post-Secondary Education Conference - August 25-28, 2020

Hosted by Eyēʔ Sqȃ’lewen: The Centre for Indigenous Education & Community Connections | Camosun College | Victoria | British Columbia | Canada

The S’TEṈISTOLW̱ 2020 Conference is a gathering for educators, administrators, helpers and staff in Indigenous programs as well as community leaders, scholars and allies in the field of Indigenous adult and post-secondary education. The goal is to build and strengthen relationship and networks of reciprocity – to share, learn and exchange with each other.


We are now accepting Session Proposals

Learn about submission instructions, details for conference themes, session types, and topic streams

Camosun College serves the communities that are located in the traditional territories of the Lkwungen, Malahat, Pacheedaht, Scia'new, T'Sou-ke and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples.

We acknowledge our traditional hosts and honour their welcome and graciousness to the students who seek knowledge here.

Our Name

S’TEṈISTOLW̱ is a SENĆOŦEN term referencing the concept of ‘moving forward.’ 

About our logo

The S’TEṈISTOLW̱ logo was designed by ɁUu-Kwa-Qum (James Swan). We gratefully acknowledge his ongoing generosity in allowing us to share and engage with his artwork.

The logo may not be reproduced without permission.



  • Earlybird Registration opens with full Conference details January 15
  • NAISA 2019 – Hamilton, Aotearoa/New Zealand
    Recently some of the S’TEṈISTOLW̱ 2020 team, Indigenous Studies students and EyēɁ Sqâ’lewen staff were fortunate to attend the Native American and Indigenous Studies Conference (NAISA) in Waikato Tainui homelands, the city of Hamilton, Aotearoa/New Zealand. NAISA is one of the largest international gatherings of Indigenous scholars and knowledge-keepers in the world, with delegates converging from all four directions. We had the opportunity to meet many educators and scholars at our S’TEṈISTOLW̱ booth and look forward to welcoming them as participants in our conference next August. We were also able to reconnect with friends and colleagues, including S’TEṈISTOLW̱ Elders Graham Hingangaroa Smith, and Linda Tuhiwai Smith whose institution the University of Waikato, Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies hosted the conference. The hospitality of our Māori family was truly humbling and inspirational, and we would like to raise our hands and offer our greatest thanks for a wonderful experience, especially for our students.

The “doing” and “being” of Indigenous education

Elder- Skip DickS’TEṈISTOLW̱ is a SENĆOŦEN term referencing the concept of ‘moving forward’. This conference will focus on both the doing and being of Indigenous education. While they are inextricably intertwined, “doing” involves pedagogies and teaching practices. “Being” involves relationality, connections amongst educators, communities, students, cultures and lands and involves living our collective values: we proceed with the intent of Eyēʔ Sqâ’lewen (good heart, good mind, good spirit) and Na’tsa’maht (unity and collective vision).

Previous S’TEṈISTOLW̱ conferences were held in 2007 in Victoria, 2010 in Burnaby in partnership with the Nicola Valley Institute for Technology and the 2017 conference was held here at Camosun College. The full 2017 conference website is available which hosts the program and videos of the 2017 Keynotes Gregory Cajete (Tewa educator and author, Look to the Mountain), Linda Tuhiwai Smith (Māori educator and author, Decolonizing Methodologies), Graham Hingangaroa Smith (Māori educator and Indigenous education advocate), Kathy Absolon Minogiizhigokwe (Associate Dean of the Aboriginal Field of Study MSW Program in the Faculty of Social Work at Wilfrid Laurier University), and Plenary Panel.

Contact Us
Camosun College Lansdowne
3100 Foul Bay Rd
Victoria BC V8P 5J2
Camosun College Interurban
4461 Interurban Rd
Victoria BC V9E 2C1
  • 250–370–3000
  • 1–877–554–7555 (toll-free)

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