November 2-4, 2022

5th Convention on Perseverance and Academic Achievement for First Peoples


In the spirit of discussion and sharing, the 5th Convention on Perseverance and Academic Achievement for First Peoples will focus on First Peoples education policies and the practices of those who welcome and guide Indigenous learners.

The theme of this year’s edition is Fifty Years of Taking Ownership of Indigenous Education: Progress Made and the Way Forward.

The 5th Convention on Perseverance and Academic Achievement for First Peoples will be held at Université Laval, under the auspices of the Faculty of Education, in Québec City on November 2-4, 2022.

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To propose a booth during the convention: 5th Convention on Perseverance and Academic Achievement for First Peoples (

Objectives of the Convention

This year’s Convention calls for thinking and acting as a community on the progress made since the 1972 release of Indian Control of Indian Education, the declaration that provided the impetus for First Peoples to take ownership of Indigenous education. It intends to take stock of the implementation to date of the recommendations made in the declaration.

The Convention will be centred on a critical assessment of the changes that have taken place in Indigenous education over the past 50 years, sharing current practices and improvements in attaining the full measure of self-determination in Indigenous education from a perspective of decolonization. It will focus on four key thematic areas singled out for attention and improvement in the 1972 declaration:

  • Responsibility: administration of educational institutions and delivery of support services for learners in communities and urban centres alike;
  • Programs: Indigenous languages, curricula in their various aspects, learning contexts and available materials;
  • Teachers: teacher training and support for staff working with Indigenous learners, availability of Indigenous teachers, Indigenous teaching philosophy, Indigenous languages of instruction;
  • Facilities and Services: delivery of additional services to Indigenous learners and school staff.

Call for Proposals (the period is now over)

If you have an interest or work in Indigenous education, you are invited to submit a 200-word abstract of your proposal for the upcoming Convention. The presentation proposal form is available here.

Submission Deadline

Kindly fill out the form available online and submit it no later than May 13, 2022.

If you need any further information, advice or assistance on how to prepare your proposal, please email your request to

Each presentation will be allotted 45 minutes, including Q&A. How this time is apportioned is left up to the participant.

Many types of presentation are welcome:

  • Sharing practices, accounts and storytelling;
  • Papers;
  • Interactive workshops;
  • Panels in different presentation formats.

Territorial Acknowledgement

In a spirit of friendship and solidarity, Université Laval pays tribute to the First Peoples of the land on which we gather. At the crossroads of the Nionwentsïo of the Huron-Wendat, the Ndakina of the Wabanaki, the Nitassinan of the Innu, and the Nitaskinan of the Atikamekw and the Wolastoqiyik of the Wolastokuk people, we honour our relationships with each other.

Visual theme of the Convention

Canot triomphal (Triumphal canoe), by Christine Sioui Wawanoloath (2022)

The arrows symbolize the 11 nations. They point in the same direction. The repetition in the sky represents their intention to surpass themselves.


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