Eight years ago, the Wîcihitowin Indigenous Engagement Conference committee came together with the goal of responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action by helping mobilize our community and provide resources that individuals, organizations and institutions could implement to advance their reconciliation efforts. The partner organizations, Elders, and Indigenous advisors also saw an invaluable opportunity to offer Residential School and Sixties Scoop Survivors a platform to share their experiences and knowledge, and to educate individuals on the intergenerational impacts of the residential school system. The Wîcihitowin Indigenous Engagement Conference (pronounced wee-chee-Hee’- toe-win) was intended to share knowledge and build understanding, and nurture a resolve to change things for the better—for everyone.

This conference has welcomed audiences from across Saskatchewan, Canada, and around the world. We have invested in education by bringing together First Nations and Métis people with professional, academic, and lived-experience expertise, and have showcased Indigenous culture through dance, song, and art. We have also supported the economy and have provided Indigenous vendors with a venue to share their goods and services with new audiences. Thanks to our investors, partner organizations, Survivors, and all conference attendees, we have been able to re-invest over $1.3-million dollars into the community and reconciliation efforts.

This conference has been a great platform to learn and connect, share experiences and challenges, and engage in open and constructive dialogue in a safe space. By attending this conference over the years or by watching the recordings on our Archives page, you have made a valuable investment that we hope will have a lasting impact on your life and your organization’s efforts in building respectful and mutually beneficial partnerships with Indigenous communities. As we come to the end of our eight-year journey, on behalf of the 2022 Wîcihitowin Conference Planning Committee, we would like to thank you all for your bravery, commitment, and resolution to reconciliation.

Looking to the future, we see so much potential for what our communities can do and what our communities can achieve when we continue to work together in a good way.

Special Thanks to Our 2022 Investors

Premier Investor

Family Investor

Community Investor

Saskatchewan Health Quality Council

Partner Investor

Saskatoon & District Labour Council

Friend Investor

CUPE Saskatchewan
CUPE Local 59