CICan’s 2017 Conference, held in Ottawa from April 30 to May 2, was all about celebration this year. Celebration of 150 years of Canadian history since Confederation, but also of our members’ many successes including a gala to honour the winners of this year’s CICan awards of excellence.
The event was a rousing success, with over 850 participants. Being in the nation’s capital also allowed us to engage directly with parliamentarians. Several took the stage to address delegates and many more were invited to a reception on Parliament Hill with college and institute leaders from across the country. The second annual meeting of CICan’s Government Relations Network was also organized immediately after the conference to discuss specific advocacy priorities.
CICan’s Indigenous Education Symposium, held in Thunder Bay October 26-27, was another opportunity for members to network and discuss best practices. Hosted by Confederation College, the event brought together over 135 people to share and discuss strategies to advance reconciliation and implement the CICan Indigenous Education Protocol.