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WIEA Conference: Tools for Educational Self-Determination


  • Best Western PLUS Milwaukee Airport Hotel 5105 S Howell Ave Milwaukee, WI, 53207 United States (map)

The Wisconsin Indian Education Association (WIEA) is proud to announce that the 2015 conference “Tools for Educational Self-Determination” will be held in Milwaukee/Franklin, WI.  We view our language, culture and education as tools we need to have for educational self-determination; it is beyond survival it is about making sure we are educated culturally and intellectually and that all of our future generations are as well.  The dates are Friday and Saturday April 10-11, 2015. The conference serves as an opportunity to bring together adults, youth, educators and businesses interested in Indian education.

Also, the conference will consist of a youth track; key note speakers; multiple workshops/presentations; an annual membership business meeting; a pow-wow; silent auction and a special awards banquet to recognize achievements of American Indian students, parents and educators dedicated to American Indian education.  For more information, visit http://www.wiea.org/index.php/Conference/Details/

Keynote Presentation

Renewing Our Legacy: Supporting Indigenous Youth through Education 
Dr. Brian McInnes

A critical task of the present is to ensure that contemporary education systems support the learning and development of positive cultural identity for Indigenous youth. The inclusion of Native peoples’ histories, cultures, languages, and knowledge systems is essential in developing a culture of belonging and continuity for students who may otherwise struggle to remain engaged. Helping to renew and apply Indigenous knowledge in contemporary educational contexts remains an important act of social justice that is protective of both the history and future of the original peoples.

Dr. Brian McInnes

Dr. Brian Waabak McInnes is a professional educator and administrator dedicated to diversity education, environmental awareness, youth engagement, and American Indian traditions and leadership. Among many projects, Brian leads the Minnesota Indigenous Youth Freedom Project and the Indigenous Youth Voices web campaign. Brian is an assistant professor in the University of Minnesota Duluth’s Department of Education where he teaches in doctoral, elementary, secondary, special education and master’s programs. An enrolled member of the Wasauksing First Nation, Brian has a deep interest in the preservation of Indigenous cultures and languages. He has worked in culturally-based and Indigenous language immersion programs, and is an accomplished speaker, presenter, and writer in both Ojibwe and English.

Conference Registration

The 2015 WIEA Conference Registration is available online! On the first page you will need to enter your email address. This helps with tracking the registrations. New this year you are able to:

  1. Register someone other than yourself
  2. Register more than one person at a time
  3. Pay by credit card with no additional fee to you the registrant
  4. If you need to pay by check, your registration confirmation email will include a PDF that serves as your invoice.

Please note that if you choose to pay by PO/Check your registration is not completed until payment has been received. If you have any problems or questions with the registration form, please contact the registration coordinator: Maurina Paradise, paradim@uwm.edu, (414) 229-5355.

Vendor Registration

The 2015 WIEA Vendor Registration is available online! If you have any problems or questions,  please contact the registration coordinator: Maurina Paradise, paradim@uwm.edu, (414) 229-5355.