March 23, 2024
The Chicago American Indian Community Collaborative
Education Subcommittee is proud to present
Eighth Annual Urban Native Education Conference:
Many Fires: Kindling the Future
The Chicago American Indian Community Collaborative (CAICC) is pleased to announce the 8th Annual Urban Native Education Conference on March 23, 2024. We are excited to host this year’s conference at the University of Illinois – Chicago with the support of the Native American Support Program. This conference is free and open to the public.
Chicago-land (Checagou) has many connections to fire, from the Council of the Three Fires, to the Great Chicago Fire, to the Chicago Fire television show. This connection is reflected in our theme for the 8th Annual Urban Native Education Conference: Many Fires: Kindling the Future.
Our conference theme asks us to consider the numerous fires that are collectively burning pathways toward a future that provides nourishment for our elders, warmth for our communities, and fuel for our youth and the generations yet to come. The theme also recognizes the diversity of original teachings we carry, passed down through generations and unrestricted by borders, that positively impact the world around all of us. Lastly, it recognizes the many ways Native Americans, urban and rural, are finding new ways to teach and engage with these teachings as we fan the flames of Indigenous knowledge.
This conference invites 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 share their experiences and wisdom in creating educational opportunities to prepare future generations to inherit a world full of possibility for Indigenous communities.
We are imagining this theme in an expansive way and hope that folks will see how their work is metaphorically one of many fires burning in our collective pit. If you are unsure how your work fits within the theme, we encourage you to still submit as all topics related to Indigenous knowledge systems will be considered.
Through the exchange of strategies, tools, and research for Native American education in urban communities, our goal is for attendees to feel hopeful and inspired by thought-provoking ideas shared from our collective community. And then, like many of our ancestors who carried fire from one camp to another with them, we want attendees to bring the knowledge learned at the conference home to share with their communities.
The mission of the CAICC Education Committee is to provide, advocate and support an inter-tribal urban system of education, through networks of Native American Programs and other providers to increase academic and career success for multi-generations that recognizes formal education and tribal cultures/traditions.
We hope you will propose a presentation for the 8th Annual Urban Native Education Conference. We are thrilled to learn from and engage with you.
Registration is now open!
CAICC invites anyone with a vested interest in strengthening Native American education systems to join us at the 8th Annual Urban Native Education Conference: Many Fires: Kindling the Future.
Engage with Native American and Indigenous community leaders, knowledge keepers, and scholars as they share their research, experiences, and wisdom with our community of practitioners.
Registration is free! We will also have childcare available.
Venue Location: University of Illinois – Chicago
Student Center East (750 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60607)
Parking Information: UIC Parking Garage: 760 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607
Agenda at a Glance
Saturday, March 23, 2024
- 9:00 AM -9:45 AM – Registration/Breakfast
- 9:45 AM – 10: 30 AM – Welcome – Context setting
- 10:45 AM – 12:00 PM – Concurrent Sessions 1
- 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch/Keynote
- 1:15 PM – 2:30 PM – Concurrent Sessions 2
- 2:45 PM – 4:00 PM – Concurrent Sessions 3
- 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Closing
Call for Vendors
Please fill out this form if you are interested in setting up as a vendor at the 8th Annual Urban Native Education Conference held at University of Illinois Chicago. Due to University of Illinois Chicago regulations, vendors that need to cook food will NOT be allowed. However, vendors that have prepackaged food items such as honey, tea, jerky, etc. will be allowed. This application will close on February 23rd 11:59pm CT. Vendors will be notified if they have been accepted by March 1st end of day. For any questions please reach out to Alexis Syrette at [email protected]. Miigwetch.
Be a Volunteer:
Please fill out this form if you are interested and available to volunteer for the Urban Native Education Conference on March 23, 2024 at Student Center East- University of Illinois Chicago. The volunteer hours would be from 8:00-6:00 with the event running 9:00-5:00. Volunteers can select which times they are able to volunteer, will receive a t-shirt, along with breakfast and lunch. Thank you for your help!
Become a sponsor
Gain valuable exposure for your brand and help us ensure the success of our 8th Annual Urban Native Education Conference by becoming a sponsor!
Want to build valuable connections with Indigenous and Indigenous-serving educators, youth, elders, community members, and organizations and reinforce your commitment to advancing urban Native communities? Become a sponsor for the eighth annual conference! We appreciate your support and participation more than ever to ensure a highly valuable and successful conference experience for all.
We rely on our volunteers, sponsors and fundraising to make all that we do possible. With your support and participation, we are able to increase awareness of urban Native American educational issues, share ideas and knowledge, create community and support the mission of the CAICC Education Committee. Please consider becoming a sponsor. We appreciate your ongoing, generous support!
Have any questions or are seeking other options? Please contact Aaron Golding at [email protected].