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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.

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.


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.

Conference structure

The conference structure will model principles of Indigenous education and community partnership, and will be grounded in relationship with place. Delegates will be offered the opportunity to participate in a cultural pre-conference day of activities in community and on the beautiful land and waters of Lekwungen (Songhees and Esquimalt) and W̱SÁNEĆ territories.

Conference sessions will be held August 27 and 28 at Camosun College's Lansdowne Campus and will include workshops, talking circles and moderated discussions, keynote presentations as well as sessions with Elders, wellness providers and artists.

Session Topics

Indigenous Pedagogies:

  • Land and Community-Based Experiential Learning
  • Supporting Learner Engagement

Relationality/Living Our Collective Values:

  • Practicing Indigenization
  • Strengthening Alliances

We invite all Indigenous and allied educators, scholars, administrators, helpers and community leaders involved in the field of Indigenous adult and post-secondary education to join us.

Please check back for updates on our 2020 Conference theme and schedule, travel information, the call for proposals and registration in the coming months.

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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