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WIDENING THE CIRCLE CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION
Our staff at Cia Siab, Inc. is part of the committee that hosts the annual Widening the Conference Indigenous Education in La Crosse, WI. Widening the Circle conference on education began as a collaboration between Native and Hmoob students at the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse to provide resources for educators and future educators. In recent years the conference has expanded to include community members, HMoob/Native youth and elders, and Hmoob student organizing tracks.
Recognizing the incredible parallels between WI/MN Native and Hmong experiences, culture, spirituality and community as Indigenous Peoples, we have created the Widening the Circle Education Conference to acknowledge and address our shared issues with education.
The conference is designed to follow traditional Indigenous values in bringing people together through multiple opportunities to meet with Native and Hmong elders and educators to:
Create an environment, which provides educators and students a culturally responsive model of critical multicultural and Indigenous (specifically Native and Hmong) education;
Build relationships that will provide a solid basis through which to better understand their students and communities;
Develop a critical consciousness to deconstruct their biases and stereotypes to begin to see how their practice, and current educational policies can be problematic for students;
Learn positive strategies and ideas to rethink methodologies and infuse a more meaningful and inclusive curriculum and praxis through a critical framework and using Indigenous educational practices, teaching/learning about Indigenous histories, cultures, contemporary issues, and critical multicultural pedagogy to fight oppression and inspire understanding, acceptance, critique sovereignty and respect for all.
For more information, please visit the WTC website: https://www.wideningthecircleconference.com/