The Chicago American Indian Community Collaborative (CAICC) is pleased to announce the 2021 Fifth Annual Urban Native Education Conference on May 14-15, 2021. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the conference will be held virtually over Zoom.
Our conference theme this year is Living Our Values Towards Health & Healing. The theme acknowledges the ways in which our values shape and support our individual, family and communities’ health, wellbeing and healing, specifically during a pandemic. Our communities have a deep history of organizing to support each other in times of crisis. This past year presented numerous opportunities for us to work together. More than ever before, we were called upon to re-imagine and create new possibilities for connecting and supporting one another.
At the core of many Native American and Indigenous communities are the values known as the 4 R’s – relationships, reciprocity, responsibility, and respect. In what ways do these values influence how we build, support, care, teach, learn and lead? How has this pandemic helped to ground us in what’s important?
We invite Native American and Indigenous community leaders, knowledge keepers and scholars, students, educators, youth, administrators, helpers and staff of educational programs, organizations and institutions, from Chicago-land (Checagou) and beyond, to join us at the 5th Annual Urban Education Conference.
The 2021 Conference Committee invites proposals that include, but are not limited to:
- Health, well-being and healing
- Mental health support
- Use of traditional healing methods
- Teaching through storytelling: ‘What COVID taught me…”
- Initiatives to support learners (resources for learning, TEK initiatives, new ways of teaching, integrating online teaching that is culturally inclusive, etc.)
- Being a Good Relative
- Mutual aid efforts
Proposals are due EOD on Friday, April 9, 2021.
We look forward to hearing from you!
The Conference Planning Committee
Urban Education Working Group
Chicago American Indian Community Collaborative