Block J : October 17 – 3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Abstract :

“Exprime ton potentiel” allows students (8–10) from across Canada’s Indigenous nations to experience language and culture through a summer immersion program. It aims to acquire learning strategies adapted to the context of post-secondary education, in addition to promoting the level of French required for admission. Our observations on the evolution of students during and after the program and the comments received from professionals in educational institutions they attend allow us to confirm that this project has had a major impact on motivation and perseverance of participants.

This presentation outlines how, taking advantage of the presence of 180 participants of the same age from across Canada and internationally, we support Indigenous students in their integration into class groups while encouraging them to participate actively in sharing their culture. The measures implemented by our team of professionals, including the activities and tools for participants to adapt to student life outside the community, the key elements that have allowed the development of self-esteem, and the promotion of Indigenous culture will also be discussed.

[1] Express your Potential



The objective of the workshop is to present the Innu-aitun program, which means Innu tradition. The Innu-aitun program has been in schools since the takeover of education after the closure of the residential schools. The ultimate goal of this program is to allow the integration of the Innu tradition into the current Québécois curriculum. Innu Takuaikan Uashat mak Mani-Utenam (ITUM) Education Branch is gradually implementing programs focused on Innu culture. In doing so, the Innu schools will train graduated Innus instead of Innu graduates: there is a big difference. Graduated Innus will know their culture and will be able to continue their academic journey with an Innu identity. The approach for the coming year has two components: continue to offer traditional activities already offered to Innu students; and develop, through Innu resource persons under the supervision of a coordinator, the Nutshimit/School program following the same approach as sports-study programs.

The working group will have one year to develop the new program, determine the mode of operation and target audience, and develop measuring instruments.


This interactive workshop brings together researchers, community partners and youth from the Youth Network Chair (Pathways Toward Youth Autonomy and Fulfilment in a Transforming Society) in a conversation on moving education forward to reflect current promising practices and knowledge. Participants will be drawing on the innovative research that they have been engaged in with youth and communities at the secondary and post-secondary levels across Quebec. These experiences include indigenizing curriculum and education institutions, building culturally safe programming and approaches, storytelling, land-based pedagogy, and community-driven informal education programs. We reflect on how these ways of learning and doing can be part of “Cheminer ensemble pour aller plus loin”. Our exchanges, explorations, and reflections will contribute to a dynamic visual representation that can inform the education landscape and discourse in Quebec.

Contributors: Elizabeth Fast (Concordia University), Meky Ottawa (graphic facilitator), Jrene Rahm (Universite de Montreal), Michele Smith (Dawson College), Genevieve Sioui (Concordia University), Laurent Jérome (UQAM) Natasha Blanchet-Cohen (Concordia University) and community and youth participants.


KonnectedTV: Education combines a 13-episode Indigenous international documentary series with exclusive unseen interviews and added resource material to create an Edu-Tainment, interactive video learning experience. This all-Indigenous curriculum delivers over 800 minutes of video testimony covering 39 subject headings with 117 discussion points in an attempt to support and strengthen the emerging interconnectedness between Indigenous cultures, digital media and education from across the Americas. Themes include a wide range of topics such as farming, music, sport, uncontacted tribes, Indigenous and self-identity, women’s issues and sharing traditional knowledge and stories. The documentary series addresses these themes using personal testimonies to discuss both historical and contemporary Indigenous issues. The course with its increased awareness and prominence of historical and contemporary Indigenous issues is presently being delivered on-line with ambitions to be delivered in a classroom environment. The series is produced in English with Spanish and Cree dubbed versions available for future curricula. We are presented with the opportunity to continue to share and educate on aspects of Indigenous cultures and contribute overall to the survival and awareness Indigenous cultures and issues across the world. We believe in delivering an approach that involves grassroots champions and respected academic input in facilitating discussions and extracting cultural themes and aspects from our existing episodes of KonnectedTV to be examined and discussed among groups of learners. We welcome you to try one of the lessons for free by visiting: