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Published on : Tuesday, July 25, 2017
The Metro Toronto Convention Centre is thrilled to welcome over 3,000 leading international experts and scholars who specialize in Indigenous education as they gather in Toronto for the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education (WIPCE) 2017 from July 24-29, 2017.
WIPCE, a triennial event, aims to inspire Indigenous educators from around the world to make a positive impact on education by sharing ideas, networking and provoking creative discussion. Six Nations Polytechnic, an Indigenous institute for higher learning, will host the conference in partnership with TAP Resources. Their representatives were honoured by the Leaders Circle for their contribution in bringing WIPCE to Toronto.
In terms of attendance, 40 percent will arrive from within Canada, 21 percent from Australia, 14 percent from the United States, and the remainder will travel from various locations including Japan, Africa and South America.
The theme for WIPCE 2017 is “A Celebration of Resilience” and the conference will promote cultural exchange by offering delegates various community tours of local Indigenous communities. The conference will also focus on the 94 calls to action which resulted from Canada’s 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission as it relates to the role of Indigenous educators around the world.
“As we celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission calls for action, WIPCE has created an unpreceded opportunity to address some significant objectives and share the international Indigenous culture within this territory,” said Tuesday Johnson-MacDonald from TAP Resources, “The conference is an opportunity to take a pulse on a global stage of how well we as a society have been taking steps forward together”.
“Toronto is proud of its cultural diversity and we look forward to welcoming all delegates attending WIPCE 2017 who advocate for education”, said Barry Smith, President & CEO of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.