The Drum beats

  • 5 Mar 2021 12:24 PM | Anonymous

    Call for WINHEC Circle of Honours

    Applications extended to 30 April 2021

    The WINHEC Executive Co-Chairs are pleased to announce the ‘2021 CALL for WINHEC Circle of Honours’ that advances WINHEC’s Mission and Goals, to:

    1. Recognise the significance of Indigenous education and the educational rights of Indigenous Peoples;
    2. Accelerate the articulation of Indigenous epistemologies (ways of knowing, education, philosophy, and research); and
    3. Protect and enhance Indigenous spiritual beliefs, cultures and languages through higher education.

    Learn more >

  • 27 Nov 2020 12:39 PM | Anonymous

    View the AGM 2019 report and a brief version.

  • 26 Nov 2020 3:56 PM | Anonymous

    Virtual event from Wednesday, 25th November to Saturday, 28th November 2020 (AEST)

    All sessions and times are promoted in Australian | Sydney AEST time zones. Convert to your local time zones here.

    Tuesday, 24th November (AEST – Australia; Aotearoa; Taiwan)
    Monday, 23rd November (Alaska; Canada; Hawaii; Norway; USA)

     7:00am  WINHEC Executive Board of Directors
     9:00am  WINU Board of Governors - closed meeting
     11:00am  Board of Accreditation Executive Meeting

     WIRA/J meeting Executive
     Global Elders / Youth Alliances Planning Meeting

    Wednesday, 25th November (AEST – Australia; Aotearoa; Taiwan)
    Tuesday, 24th November (Alaska; Canada; Hawaii; Norway; USA)

     7:00am  Official Opening Ceremony
     8:00am  Flinders University, Australia, Presentation
     8:30am  Country Reports


    Thursday, 26th November (AEST – Australia; Aotearoa; Taiwan)
    Wednesday, 25th November (Alaska; Canada; Hawaii; Norway; USA)

     7:00am  Daily Cultural Opening
     7:15am  AGM
     8:15am  Accreditation Session (pre-recorded reports)


    Friday, 27th November (AEST – Australia; Aotearoa; Taiwan)
    Thursday, 26th November (Alaska; Canada; Hawaii; Norway; USA)

     7:00am  Daily Cultural Opening
     7:15am  Elders and Youth
     8:00am  WIRA/J


     11:00am  Close of meetings - WINHEC

    Saturday, 28th November (AEST – Australia; Aotearoa; Taiwan)
    Friday, 27th November (Alaska; Canada; Hawaii; Norway; USA)

     7:00am  WINU Webinars for students and academic programs
     10:00am  Closing of WINU meetings



  • 22 Nov 2020 9:17 AM | Anonymous

    Find below a link to the WINHEC Newsletter for 2020


  • 13 Nov 2020 9:15 AM | Anonymous

    Virtual event on Thursday, November 12, 2020
    9 AM Lekwungen Territory Time (PST)

    About World Virtual Indigenous Circle Event

    Open Science & the Decolonization of Knowledge


    • STOLȻEȽ John Elliott,
      Tsartlip First Nation

    • Katsi Cook,
      Wolf Clan Mohawk Akwesasne

    Why we are gathering

    • Lorna Wanostsa’7 Williams, Lil’wat First Nation,
      Professor Emerita,
      University of Victoria, Canada


    • Laurie Robinson, Mahingan Sagaigan Nation,
      Executive Director,
      Indigenous Advanced Education and Skills Council, Ontario, Canada


    • Sebastien Gouptil,
      Canadian Commission for UNESCO
    • Keiki Kawai'ae'a,
      World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium
    • Carrie Bourassa,
      Canadian Institutes of Health Research
    • Dominique Berube / David Newhouse,
      Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Canada
    • Kevin Fitzgibbons, National Science and Engineering Research Council, Canada


    • Leroy Little Bear, Blackfoot First Nation,
      Professor Emeritus, University of Lethbridge, Canada
    • Gregory Cajete, Tewa, Santa Clara Pueblo,
      Professor, University of New Mexico
    • Wangoola Wangoola Nduwala, Nabyama,
      MPAMBO African Multiversity, Busoga, Uganda
    • Zanisah Man, Orang Asli Professor,
      Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
    • Sonajharia Minz, Vice-Chancellor Sido Kanhu Murmu University,
      Dumka, India
    • Jazmin Romero Epiayu, Wayuu activist, Colombia
    • Ed Connors, Kahnewake First Nation, Psychologist
    • Manulani Aluli Meyer, University of Hawaii, West O’ahu


    • Song from Hawaii by Manulani Aluli Meyer


    The Canadian Commission for UNESCO and the UNESCO Chair in Community-Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education are collaborating in supporting an international webinar series in support of the UNESCO consultations on the creation of a Recommendation on Open Science, an international normative document to be adopted by the UNESCO General Conference in November of 2021.

    The webinar series is based on a brief prepared by Florence Piron (Université Laval), Leslie Chan (University of Toronto), Lorna Williams (University of Victoria, Lil’wat First Nation), Rajesh Tandon (PRIA India) and Budd Hall (University of Victoria).

    The title of the brief is “Open Science Beyond Open Access: For and With Communities A Step Towards the Decolonization of Knowledge”. Available here.

  • 10 Nov 2020 8:31 AM | Anonymous

    Dear Chairperson and Members of the Open Science and the Decolonization of Knowledge Forum:

    In line with our traditional protocols, we pay respect to the Indigenous Elders and Traditional Owners, present and past, and we bring greetings from member institutions across the globe, Indigenous Elders and knowledge holders who have been the inspirational foundations of WINHEC as an international Indigenous Higher Education Consortium. On behalf of the Executive Committee we extend sincere appreciation for the opportunity to participate in this historic forum.

    Read more >

  • 1 Jan 2020 12:00 AM | Anonymous

    Greetings to you all the family of WINHEC and WINU. Our anticipation of a joyous reunion in Taiwan in late July – Early August is tempered by the loss of our dear elders Dr. Delbert Horton and Dr. Anne Leisha.

    Delbert was the strong support for not only our sister Laura, but for all of the WINHEC family, as he was one of the pillars that helped to progress our collective efforts since the early days of WINHECs formation.

    We all had a close and treasured relationship with the ‘big-man’ and are devastated at his passing.

    I acknowledge that these are sentiments that would be shared by all of the WINHEC family and many others as this amazing man had the ability to touch each and every heart by his kind and gentle demeanour and his commitment to bringing about change in education for First Nations Peoples, not only in his own homeland, but across the world. Our hearts go out to Laura and family and our wider Canadian community who have hosted us so many times with Delbert there as the rock.



  • 14 Jul 2019 8:07 AM | Anonymous

    Tabe, Etlanta, She:kon, Cw:en, Aanii, Burris, Tansi, Boozhoo Niwiichiwag minawaa Kia ora tatou katoa! These are but a few ways to express greetings in our Indigenous languages. If you do not see/hear your language, please call it out, and share in writing so we continue to capture the sounds given to the Indigenous peoples globally.

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  • 8 Mar 2019 9:22 PM | Anonymous

    WINHEC AGM 2019 – National Dong Hwa University, Hualien, Taiwan 2019 July 29 to August 2

    Dear WINHEC AGM 2019 Participants,

    The World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium 2019 AGM plus Community Connection Program will be hosted by the College of Indigenous Studies (CIS) at National Dong Hwa University (NDHU), Haulien, TAIWAN, between the 29th of July and the 2nd of August 2019.

    There is information related to:

    • Conference Venue
    • Travel Information
    • Activities (Indigenous Youth Camp / Elder & Cultural Program)
    • Fees and Registration

    The local host team is contacting local hotels for affordable AGM rate to our participants, therefore accommodation information will be finalized soon, and we will keep updating WINHEC 2019 related info.

    Looking forward to seeing you all in Taiwan.

    Best wishes,

    Dr. Jolan Hsieh, Coordinator

    Local Host Team

    About Local Host Organizer

    Founded in 2001, the College of Indigenous Studies (CIS) at NDHU is the first college in Taiwan devoted to the studies of indigenous issues.

    It currently offers:

    • Bachelors, Masters and Doctor of Philosophy degrees through three departments, 
    • Department of Ethnic Relations and Cultures,
    • Department of Indigenous Development and Social Work (including the Undergraduate Program of Indigenous Social Work), 
    • Department of Indigenous Languages and Communication, and
    • Understand Graduate Program of Indigenous Performance and Arts. 
    It also houses six centers each promoting indigenous issues as well as offering resources to students to navigate through campus life and career.

    Visit our website

 World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium

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