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7th Annual CAICC Urban Native Education Conference

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When: Saturday, April 15, 2023
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM CT

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: Free.

Contact: Jasmine Gurneau   (847) 467-6368

Group: Center for Native American and Indigenous Research (CNAIR)

Sponsor: Chicago American Indian Community Collaborative

Co-Sponsor: Diversity and Inclusion
Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA)

Category: Multicultural & Diversity, Social, Lectures & Meetings, Training


Our conference theme this year is Making Way for the Next Seven Generations. The seven generations is a concept and value held by the Haudenosaunee Confederacy among many other native nations around the world that asks us to take into consideration the impact that our decisions, actions, words, have on the next seven generations that have yet to arrive. This concept pushes us to be deliberate and intentional in our decision-making and focused on long-term, future-oriented, sustainable solutions versus decisions that will only benefit the short-term. The concept of seven generations also takes into consideration the seven generations that were here before us, and to honor the dreams and wishes that our ancestors seven generations before made for us. This means that every generation is the seventh generation and so now is the time to live what your ancestors hoped for you.

2023 marks a special occasion for our conference. It will be the seventh annual conference being hosted by the CAICC Education Committee. We’re proud of all the work that has gone into hosting these conferences, keeping them free to participants, engaging content, opportunities to connect and network, availability of child care and, of course, many giveaways. We are excited for the next 7 years to come. At this time, we would like to recognize that the status of the Indian Child Welfare Act is also under threat of being overturned. The ICWA Act, which was enacted in 1978, was enacted to provide protection for Native American children who were being disproportionately placed into non-Native homes for adoption. Paramount matters, like these, that affect our future generations are the reason why our conference theme this year is so important.

This conference will facilitate the exchange of strategies, tools, and research for Native American education in urban communities. Interactive workshops will be offered on various educational issues, broadly construed, tackling the theme of Making Way for the Next Seven Generations.

Schedule Overview:

Friday, April 14th: Social Networking Event, 6:00 PM

Saturday April 15th: Conference Keynote and Breakout Sessions, ALL DAY (Specific times to be announced soon)
Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie, IL 60077

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or contact Education Committee Co-Chairs:
Josee Starr:
Aaron Golding:

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