A History of WIPCE

A Global Indigenous Education Movement

The World Indigenous Peoples’ Conference on Education (WIPCE) commenced in 1987 in Vancouver, Canada.

The pivotal role of community, represented by Elders and community knowledge keepers, was captured in the inaugural WIPCE conference providing both a primacy of purpose and of place.

WIPCE is now a movement of individuals and organisations dedicated to the design and development of culturally affirming and intellectually enriching education for Indigenous peoples.

WIPCE: An Historical Overview

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WIPCE Conference Site, Alberta, Canada, 2002

33 Years of WIPCE

WIPCE conferences attract Indigenous education experts, practitioners, scholars, students and communities. Following is an outline of the upcoming event in Australia and previous WIPCE conferences hosted by First Nation educators around the world.

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA

#12, 2021

Indigenous Education Sovereignty

2021 Program

TORONTO, CANADA

#11, 2017

A Celebration of Resilience

2020 Program

HAWAII

#10, 2014

E mau ana ka moʻolelo.

2014 Program

CUSCO, PERU

#9, 2011

Living Our Indigenous Roots.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

#8, 2008

Respecting Tradition, Shaping the Future.

HAMILTON, NEW ZEALAND

#7, 2005

Celebrate our stories and beliefs.

WIPCE Conferences: 1987-2002 

#1: Zwemelchstn, Canada, 1987
#2: Turanga, New Zealand, 1990
#3: Wollongong, Australia, 1993
#4: Alburquerque, New Mexico, 1996
#5: Hilo, Hawai‘i, 1999
#6: Alberta, Canada, 2002

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