A triennial event inviting First Peoples’ Scholars to share their work to advance our Knowledges, Languages, Identities, Priorities, Aspirations, Histories

World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium 
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World Indigenous Research and Education Conference
July 7th-9th, 2021

tawâw!  edlarot’e!  oki!  âba wathtech!  ahneen!  iñupiaq: paġlagipsinau mai haere mai!

aloha welina!  wunya ngulum!  tabe!  maray dmumaduma!  boozhoo!

Alberta Open for Summer July 1 lifts restrictions on gatherings.  
Inquire at winhec.wirec.2021@bluequills.ca about changing registration to in-person.
Please check the Event Schedule page for updates.
Online registration closes June 25th.
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We are humbled and honoured to welcome you to WINHEC/ WIREC 2021. This global pandemic has challenged all of us, but we continue to find ways to do what we set out to do.  With all of the uncertainty, we are preparing to host the event on our campus, but also to have an option for folks to participate on-line if they are unable to travel.  We are excited to host this event during our 50th anniversary of exercising our sovereignty over education.  We know that together all of us in our homelands around the world are standing on and for our lands and waters, standing for our languages, our knowledges, and our future generations.

-Sherri Chisan

University nuhelot’įne thaiyots’į nistameyimâkanak

Blue Quills President

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ADDRESS: Box 279, St. Paul, Alberta T0A 3A0

TEL: 780-645-4455  |  winhec.wirec.2021@bluequills.ca

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Welcome To Blue Quills!

University nuhelot’įne thaiyots’į nistameyimâkanak Blue Quills is proud to be hosting the 2021 WIRHEC and WIREC conference and meetings.


Blue Quills First Nations College became University nuhelot’įne thaiyots’į nistameyimâkanak Blue Quills in September 2015.

Since 1970, the educational facility originally called Blue Quills First Nations College (BQFNC) has been a locally controlled Indigenous education centre serving the academic and training needs of people of all cultures, encouraging everyone to experience studying in a unique socio-cultural and academic environment.  As an Indigenous non-profit educational institution, a prime objective is to promote a sense of pride in Indigenous heritage and reclaim traditional knowledge and practices.  Blue Quills is owned and governed by seven First Nations (Beaver Lake, Cold Lake, Frog Lake, Whitefish Lake, Heart Lake, Kehewin, and Saddle Lake). Each Nation appoints a Board member, plus one Elder from the Saddle Lake Cree Nation.  These communities represent at least 18,836 people (source – Alberta Aboriginal Relations as of January 2013).

Located approximately 200 kilometers northeast of Edmonton, Blue Quills occupies 240 acres of designated Reserve land near the town of St. Paul, Alberta.



Who We Are

Owned and governed by seven First Nations

Where We Are

2 hours Northeast of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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