ERIC Number: ED472518
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Who Is This Child Named WIPCE?
Carpluk, Ac'arralek Lolly Sheppard
Sharing Our Pathways, v7 n4 p1-5 Sep-Oct 2002
The World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education (WIPCE) has been held every 3 years since 1987. The conference brings together indigenous peoples from around the world to share their similar struggles to improve indigenous education. The first five conferences were held in British Columbia, New Zealand, Australia, Hawaii, and New Mexico. In August 2002, the sixth conference drew 2,500 people to the Nakoda Nation Reserve near Morley, Alberta, Canada. The conference aimed to celebrate the sharing of indigenous-based initiatives by featuring holistic educational efforts to maintain and perpetuate indigenous ways of knowing and promote the positive development of indigenous communities. The cultures and traditions of the indigenous nations present were honored through ceremonies, evening cultural exchanges and performances, and incorporation of the teachings and experiences of Elders in various workshops and activities. As indigenous peoples strive to gain greater autonomy in their everyday lives, to exercise control over the education of their children, and to overcome the effects of colonialism, presenters were encouraged to share how they are implementing the provisions of the Coolongata Statement on Indigenous Rights. Representatives from New Zealand, Canada, Australia, and the United States established the new World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium to provide an international forum for pursuing common goals through higher education. These goals include the articulation of indigenous epistemology, protection of spiritual beliefs, advancement of the status and well-being of indigenous peoples, and creation of an indigenous accreditation body. (SV)
Descriptors: American Indian Education, Conferences, Consortia, Cultural Maintenance, Culturally Relevant Education, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Indigenous Populations, International Educational Exchange, Nonformal Education, Self Determination
For full text: http://www.ankn.uaf.edu/sop/SOPv7i4.pdf.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: Alaska Univ., Fairbanks. Alaska Native Knowledge Network.