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  • 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.

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  • 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

  • 15 Jan 2019 12:00 AM | Anonymous

    Honorary Doctorate Nominations for the 2019 World Indigenous Nations University (WINU)

    The World Indigenous Nations University (WINU) is pleased to invite nominations for its two Honorary Doctorates – the Doctor of Education (EdD) to Indigenous Educators or Indigenous-serving Educators, and its Doctor of Education (EdD) to Indigenous Elders/Knowledge Holders – to acknowledge their significant contributions and life-long service to the cause of Indigenous education and development in our respective tribal nations and Indigenous communities, schools, and institutions worldwide.

    We invite nominations for each category from each of the 8 membership regions of WINU. We invite you to nominate those individuals (female and/or male) who meet the selection criteria as set forth in the attached 2019 WINU Honorary Doctorate Nomination Form, in recognition of their often tireless work, many times unnoticed, and sometimes at great personal sacrifice.

    Please feel free to disseminate this announcement and the attached nomination form to your WINU Education Region, and your respective tribal governments, associations, organizations, and consortiums for their inclusion and assistance in recognizing the accomplishments of those individuals who merit our respect and gratitude for their exemplary lives of service and humility.

    The Honorary Doctorates are:

    Honorary Doctorate to Indigenous Educators or Indigenous-serving Educators that is earned through life long academic endeavors for the benefit of Indigenous peoples both nationally and internationally; and/or

    Honorary Doctorate to Indigenous Elders/Knowledge Holders of WINU member countries.

    Nominations Open: January 15, 2019

    Nominations Due: March 30, 2019

    Recipients Confirmed: April 30, 2019

    Awards Conferred: July 31 – August 5, 2019

    Nominators and Recipients are invited and encouraged to attend the 2019 WINU Awards Ceremony to be held during the 2019 WINHEC/WINU Annual General Meetings set for July 31 2019 to August 5, 2019 at Hualien, Taiwan.

    If Awardee is not able to attend in person, arrangements can be made for In-Country Award Ceremony. More information is to come.

    Please submit nomination forms and supporting documentation to Dr. Peter Hanohano by e-mail at, by March 30, 2019. Thank you.


  • 1 Feb 2018 9:30 PM | Anonymous

    Miigwech to the Sami organizers of our WINHEC AGM, World Indigenous Research Education

    Conference and the International Youth Camp! Staff, family and friends of the Sami High School and Reindeer Husbandry School and the Sami University of Applied Sciences welcomed us in a most astonishing way!

    Evaluations have been reviewed and by all accounts, our gathering was a huge success. It takes organizers to prepare a space and of course all of us to fill the space. What a beautiful WINHEC family!!!!!



  • 1 Jan 2017 12:00 AM | Anonymous

    Sami Education Conference May 30th – June 1st – Diehtosiida, Kautokeino, Norway

    Sámi allaskuvla will host an international conference: Sámi Education Conference: Reshaping Approaches to Indigenous Education. The aim of the conference is to share experiences from the indigenous world within the field of education. The conference will present stories from Sámi early childhood education, Sámi schools, Sámi teacher education and other Sámi and international indigenous education institutions.

    Themes of the conference are:

    • children’s and students’ voices
    • teachers’ own stories
    • traditional knowledge and language in education
    • indigenous teaching

    We call for contributions that are about Sámi and indigenous education in early childhood institutions, primary schools, higher education, and other educational institutions.

    The conference will be arranged around duddjon & lávostallan sessions (traditional craft works, knowledge exchange and hanging out in the lávvu), keynote speeches, paper, poster and film presentations and workshops sessions.


  • 1 Jan 2014 12:00 AM | Anonymous

    Who are the Indigenous Peoples of the World?

    WINHEC, the World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium was launched with the signing of the Declaration on Indigenous People’s Higher Education by the members of the Executive Board at Delta Lodge, Kananaskis Calgary in Alberta Canada during the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education (WIPCE) 4-10 August 2002.

    The founding state/country members present were Australia, the states of Hawai’i and Alaska and the American Indian Higher Education Consortium of the United States, Canada, the Wānanga of Aotearoa (New Zealand) and Saamiland (North Norway).



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