Indigenous Knowledge Conference/ON HOLD

This years conference is on hold until sponsors can be identified. 


Held twice yearly in the city of Thunder Bay which acts like an matrix to the outlying communities of Thunder Bay. These conferences will build on what Indigenous Knowledge is and how we can continually learn and come together in a professional development to best support this and align this in our work, offices, communities, and sectors which we work in. These are held in October and February.

Conference Three, occurring on October 10-11, 2018, This professional development conference will look at why and how the Land is important in our practice, and will draw upon experts in the field of Indigenous Knowlege to look at Land, Learning, Health and Reconciliation.

There are many reason why you can and should attend-

  • You want to understand what and why the Land is so important for youth, and famillies in programming in cities and in community?
  • What are barriers to Land Connection in the city,
  • What does Land Connection look iike in a city, what is the best approach to take?
  • What best practices can we share?
  • What are ways to achieve and build sucessful spaces that nurture Indigenous Knolwedge and holistic learning?
  • You want to understand more about Indigenous Knowledge and learn,
  • You want to feel inspired, and buiid community,
  • You wonder about your role or company’s role in reconcilation,
  • There is a desire to learn. contribute and connect.
  • There is a desire to be change agent, and to become more versed in an area that is meaningful for you and your community,

Agenda to follow as well as other activites that will be held during these two days, with a planned off site to be announced when finalised.

Link to Conference

The Second Conference, with a theme of Renewal is planned for this spring on April 25, 26, 2018. Please see this link for registration information:

Here is the Agenda for the Conference:  Agenda Conference 04:05

Please see this website to bring you to the page about the details regarding the Indigenous Knowledge Conference

Register here:


After the first conference in November of 2017, I overheard a person speaking about how great the first conference was. Immediately I thought about how long it would take until the next one. Something told me, I should aim for another in the Spring. It was this simple thought which lent itself to believing having a Spring Conference with a focus on Renewal would be a good idea.

In the Indigenous community we come together in the spring. We come together for many reasons: ceremonies, fasting, hunting, and for fishing. We come together and it is a time of sharing, bonding, and telling stories about how we made it through the winter time. Winter a quiet and busy time. We have told stories all thru the winter and moved into the New Year. Spring time a period of setting forth our vision for the New Year.

The beginnings of Spring often mean we set out on a journey.

We make new plans for the summer ahead.

We plan for what our goals or our priorities are.

We come together to make new plans, share new ideas, and celebrate what worked for us and what works.

We have accomplished the hard work over the fall and winter.

We look forward to our time on the Land in the spring, summer and fall.

Spring is a busy season. It is where we wait for the much anticipated sun to return and the longer days start. We start to put away the layers of Old Man winter, and feel the warm rays of the sun on our days.  We get inspired by the idea of new life, new beginnings. Spring is a time of change.

We want to go outside.

We have a need to look up more at the constellations.

Spring is a time shift.

We notice the wind more in the Spring. A story from Cajete on the Wind from the Navajo tells us about the Holy Ones who send different Winds when we are in our mother’s womb that there is a combination of the Wind of the Mother and the Father that make us unique.

This creative quality of the “winds coming together” that enables us to breathe and be alive. It is this wind that makes us who we are and from birth and beyond it is the wind which helps guide and direct us and that we need to understand our wind, and how each and everyone has winds that impact oneself, both from the natural and supernatural world. It is said that it is the wind within which will have the greatest impact on behaviour and way of life.

Winds child exists everywhere. The same winds child exits within us and our tissues. We live by it; we think by it. Wind standing alongside us, warns us of danger and repercussions of our actions… our twin wind is our intuition  and acts as a guide.  It connects guides and communicates thru dreams.

(Cajete,  Look to the Mountain, p. 53)

The wind is one of my favourites. A teaching I have also heard, is in order to cleanse of stress, is to go stand in the wind. The wind truly is a powerful healer and Cajete’s story tells us about how we have that wind within us, the gift of wind.

The First Indigenous Knowledge Conference was held in Thunder Bay. The inspiration came to bring together Elders and Youth and expanded into a Professional Development Conference. The first conference Thunder Bay’s First Indigenous Knowledge Conference – Nakodan, “Answering The Call” was held with great success. Dr. LittleBear, a world renowned Blackfoot Scholar and thinker who has been instrumental in Indigenous Knowledge, metaphysics and science was the Keynote. He talked about the importance of Renewal, it is this theme which this Spring Conference will have. The first conference had over 130-140 people in one room including Elders and youth, listening to Little Bear .




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