National Indigenous Education Symposium 2023

October 16 - 18, 2023 | All Day

Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan), in collaboration with the Indigenous Institutes Consortium (IIC) are pleased to announce the National Indigenous Education Symposium 2023.

Be part of a stimulating and interactive event where leaders from Indigenous institutes, from postsecondary institutions, colleges and institutes, as well as from stakeholder organizations, industry and government, will come together to share knowledge and exemplary practices in serving Indigenous peoples and communities and contributing to their sustainability and prosperity.

The symposium, which has as its theme Operationalizing Reconciliation, will bring together more than 200 college and institute leaders from across Canada serving Indigenous peoples.

Symposium Objectives

  • Place Indigenous learners at the centre of the solution to the labour market, environmental, and healthcare crisis.
  • Provide a unique opportunity for participants to reflect and share experiences and best practices on Indigenous education related issues.
  • Reflect on the role of Canadian postsecondary institutions (Indigenous institutes, colleges, institutes, cégeps, universities and polytechnics) in responding to the learning needs of Indigenous peoples and communities, including the promotion of Indigenous languages.
  • Provide opportunities for participants to network and share experiences, approaches, and best practices in supporting reconciliation.
  • Build community support for reconciliation and Indigenous-led post-secondary education across Canada.
  • Provide innovative and leading-edge insights to support government engagement activities for the sector.
  • Recognizing and learning from the uniqueness of Indigenous-lead institutions.
  • Amplify the voices of learners, educators, and leaders of Canada’s Indigenous institutes, colleges and institutes.

Use the hashtag #NIES2023 to stay in the conversation!

This event is made possible by support from the Government of Canada.


Provisional Schedule

October 16, 2023

  • 11:00 – 16:00 – Private Professional Development Event (By Invitation ONLY and for IIC Members ONLY)
  • 16:00 – 17:00 – Registration
  • 17:00 – 19:00 – Opening Keynote Address and Reception (guests can attend by purchasing additional tickets)
  • Dinner on own
October 17, 2023

  • 7:30 -8:30 – Breakfast (included)
  • 8:30 – 16:60 – Sessions (included)
  • Lunch and 2 coffee breaks (included)
  • Dinner Feast (included) (guests can attend by purchasing additional tickets)
October 18, 2023

  • 7:30 – 8:30 – Breakfast (included)
  • 8:30 – 15:00 – Session and Morning Break (included)
  • Lunch (included)
  • Symposium ends at 15:00

Important information regarding registration

We are looking forward to welcoming registrants to the upcoming National Indigenous Education Symposium which is only one week away. We are excited to announce that registration numbers are at an all-time high with close to 250 registrants. However, we have exceeded our capacity for the dinner on Tuesday, October 17 which will take place at the Ramada hotel.

We are still accepting registrations, but new registrations as of today will not include a ticket to the Tuesday dinner. Attendees on site who have a dinner ticket but do not plan to attend will be invited to drop off their ticket at the registration desk for late registrants.

Registration Fees

Participants are responsible for meals not included in the registration fee.
PackageRegular FeeMember FeeNon-member Fee
National Indigenous Education Symposium 2023-$550.00$675.00
Daily Registration - October 17 ONLY-$375.00$425.00
Daily Registration - October 18 ONLY-$300.00$350.00
Student Registration (must be full-time student at a CICan member institution) $175.00--
Guest at Opening Reception on October 16: $45.00--
Guest at Dinner Feast on October 17$100.00--

Hotel Information

Special discounted rates are available at the following hotel(s). Please note that accommodation is not included in the registration fee. Reserve early, as rooms will fill up quickly.

Ramada Plaza Downtown Regina

1818 Victoria Ave
Regina, Saskatchewan, S4P 0R1
Rate: $138.00
Code: 2310CICAN
Book by: October 1, 2023

Restrictions: Participants are responsible for booking and paying for their room.

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Travel Information

Air Canada

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Restrictions: To book a flight with your promotion code, access and enter your promotion code in the Promotion Code Box. Applicable Rules • The booking is to be made to the following city: Regina, YQR (CA) • The travel period begins Monday, October 09, 2023 and ends Thursday, October 26, 2023. • Travel is valid Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday. • For North America' 5% applies on standard fares, 10% on flex fares & higher. However, all bookings made using the promotion code will count toward the minimum 10 passenger requirement for Meetings and Conventions events.

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Restrictions: For the National Indigenous Education Symposium 2023, Westjet is offering 5% off Econo* and 10% off EconoFlex and Premium fares for travel within Canada and 2% off Econo*, 5% off EconoFlex and 10% off Premium base fares for guests travelling Trans-border. To take advantage of this offer, you will need the discount code listed. Please visit to make a booking online. Applicable Rules The booking is to be made to the following city: Regina The travel period begins: 10/9/2023 The travel period ends: 10/26/2023 No discount will apply to Basic or Business class bookings.

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Additional Information


Colleges & Institutes Canada
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Indigenous Institutes Consortium
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Contact Info

For program information
Kathryn Moore
For registration information
Julie Trohon


Substitutions are accepted by email up to October 2, 2023
You can cancel by email up until September 16, 2023. We do not accept cancellations by phone.

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