At Camosun College, the Eye? Sq’lewen Centre for Indige­nous Education & Community Connections believes fully in the val­ue of wholistic education. Students are not just there to take classes and complete assignments; a good edu­cation includes strengthening and upholding one’s own mind, heart, body and spirit. Most of the time, the Eye? Sq’lewen Centre focusses on students at Camosun and the lo­cal communities we serve. Once ev­ery few years, however, we turn our focus to the Indigenous education world at large, and open our doors to other educators. This is the spirit of the upcoming S’TENISTOLW Adult Indigenous Education Conference, which will be held on Lkwungen and WSÁNEC territories, in Victoria, BC, from August 23-25, 2017.


S’TENISTOLW is a SENCOTEN term referencing the concept of ‘moving for­ward’. This conference will focus on both the “doing” and “being” of Indigenous education. “Doing” involves teaching methods and the day-to-day practices of Indigenous educators in classrooms. The themes around “doing” for this confer­ence are Land and Community-Based Experiential Learning, as well as Sup­porting Learner Engagement. “Being” involves relationships and connections between educators, communities, stu­dents, cultures and lands. The confer­ence themes for “being” are Practicing Indigenization and Strengthening Alli­ances.

Adult Indigenous educators, allied educators, scholars, students, Elders and other knowledge keepers from across Turtle Island and beyond are invited to join us. Together we will spend one day at the Songhees Wellness Centre for the cultural pre-conference, in partnership with the local Songhees Nation. Activi­ties will include a community tour, ca­noeing, introduction to the language, plant identification and a sweatlodge ceremony. We will complete day one with a welcome dinner with Keynote Dr. Gregory Cajete, a Tewa educator and au­thor.

Conference sessions will begin on the second day at the Lansdowne campus of Camosun

College. In addition to Dr. Gregory Ca­jete, we are excited to have Indigenous relations from afar join us as keynote speakers. Linda Tuhiwai Smith, a Maori educator and author, and her husband Graham Hingangaroa Smith, also a Mao­ri educator and Indigenous education advocate will travel from New Zealand to speak.

Get to know the breathtakingly beautiful lands of the Lkwungen and WSÁNEC peoples. Make new connec­tions with Indigenous educators, schol­ars, students and Elders from across the world. Join us in an experience designed to enrich Indigenous adult educators, and uphold Indigenous education as a wholistic practice at S’TENISTOLW 2017.

Early bird registration for confer­ence attendees is open until February 28, 2017. Regular registration is open un­til June 30, 2017. We also invite people and organizations to submit proposals for workshops and panel discussion that fit into our themes.

Proposals are due on January 31, 2017 at 5pm PST.

Please visit for regis­tration, proposal submission, and more information on the conference.