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First Nations Education Administrators Association

 First Virtual National Gathering 2021

October 27 -  28, 2021

You are invited to participate in the First Virtual National Gathering scheduled for October 27 & 28, 2021, via the Zoom Platform, led by the First Nations Education Administrators Association (FNEAA).

The theme for FNEAA’s First Virtual Annual National Gathering is 'Champions of Change; Honouring Resiliency'. The Gathering will include keynote speakers, keynote panels, and concurrent themed workshops.  A sponsorship program and tradeshow will be part of the festivities.
More information about the First Virtual National Gathering will be released in the coming months. Should you have questions, contact our Executive Coordinator, Adam Brown, at (343) 585-3333.


Members …. Early Bird $400… Regular $700

Non-Members…Early Bird $700….Regular $1000

Students $0

Elders $0

If you have any questions, please contact FNEAA staff at (343) 585-3333, or by email at [email protected].


 First Nations Education Administrators Association (FNEAA)

 First Virtual Annual National Gathering: Champions of Change

 ‐ Honouring Resiliency 

October 27 & 28, 2021

 Zoom Platform


It is with great excitement that the FNEAA Board of Directors and staff invite you to participate in the First Virtual Annual National Gathering on October 27 & 28, 2021 via the zoom platform. The theme of the National Gathering is Champions of Change – Honouring Resiliency which highlights four specific quadrants of lifelong learning and growth in a First Nations educational context:

A. Resilience; B. Reconciliation; C. First Nations Control of First Nations Education; and D. Change.


  1. East (Yellow) Quadrant A. Resilience – This quadrant focuses on the capacity and inner strength of an individual, family, and community to bounce back and carry on in the face of adversity. It links to First Nations identity, land, history and collective dimensions of health. It relates to a sense of autonomy, problem solving skills, communications skills, social skills and cognitive‐integrative abilities. It also relates to the revitalization and diversification of economies and the capacity to make a difference in the world.


  2. South (Red)Quadrant B. Reconciliation – This quadrant focuses on healing and the health and wellness of First Nations individuals, families and communities and all Canadians This refers to all human beings and it is about learning to work and walk together in a good way. It is about reconciling colonial systems with emerging First Nations ways of education.                

    It relates to all parts of healing for everyone. This requires public truth sharing, apology and acknowledging past harms. It relates to addressing colonialism and its’ negative impact on education, cultures, languages, health, child welfare, justice and economic opportunities. It relates to expressing our voices, cultural revitalization and integrating First Nations knowledge systems, oral histories, laws, protocols and connections to the land. It relates to public education and dialogue about the history and legacy of residential schools, Treaties, First Nations rights and First Nations contributions to society.

  3. West (Black) Quadrant C. First Nations Control of First Nations Education – This quadrant is about building the capacity for effective governance and leadership at the individual, family and community levels. There is a focus on strategy, action and results. It is about lifelong learning and helping others. It is about role models, information sharing, outcome concern for the welfare of others, integrity, credibility and value differences.


  4. North (White) Quadrant D. Change ‐ This quadrant focuses on the traditional teaching that the one constant in the universe is change. As learners, new knowledge and experiences are embraced as they continue to develop their gifts, grow and become. It is about interconnectedness and building positive relationships with all elements of nature, other human beings, ancestors, the unseen, and the Creator. This is about the wisdom of First Nations elders, ceremonies, cultures, and traditions. It is about identity and our constant evolution.


You are invited to prepare and submit a breakout presentation to FNEAA on one of the topics in the four quadrants described above. The presentation should be a maximum of 30 minutes with 30 minutes allocated for group questions and discussion.


As educators, it is important to ask ourselves: How can learning that balances the physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual aspects of our nature in the home, school, community, and on the land be better supported? What changes are required to ensure accountability to First Nations students based on First Nations traditions, values perspectives? How do we evaluate where we are and where we need to go?

The role of the First Nations Education Administrators working in First Nations education organizations, education boards, schools, and First Nations communities is of great significance at local levels. The health and success of First Nations education can often be directly linked to the effectiveness and capacity of its education administrators; they are key to the viability and wellbeing of First Nations learners, families, schools, organizations and communities.

The FNEAA’s vision, mission, and values statements are as follows.

Vision: Balancing the interconnectedness in Education, rooted in First Nations languages, cultures, traditions and self‐determination under our First Nations’ control of First Nations’ Education.

Mission: FNEAA is a gathering place for First Nations Education Administrators to share information, collect and share ideas and enhance capacity in Education, Certification, Professional Development, Partnerships, Systems Development & Services, Mentoring and Conferences.

Values:    FNEAA is committed to the values associated in the teachings of our members’ Nations.

This is your opportunity to join us – to gather, to share, to learn from each other, to network and form partnerships. The FNEAA Board of Directors and staff look forward to greeting you and serving you at the 2021 National Gathering.

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Staff of the First Nations Education Administrators Association will attend various tradeshows and events throughout the year.  A list of tradeshows and events will be placed on the website.