The Seven Sacred Teachings of love, respect, courage, honesty, wisdom, humility and truth are the inherent beliefs and values that guide Indigenous People’s ways of knowing and are shared by generations through oral traditions of storytelling and ceremony. Indigenous People know that these teachings are needed in order for communities to survive and thrive. Each embodied by a sacred animal being, these teachings abide by a moral code of respect for all creation and remind us of the importance of making decisions today that will result in lifelong relationships seven generations in the future.

Now in our seventh year, the 2021 Wîcihitowin Indigenous Engagement Conference is inviting Residential School Survivors and Knowledge Keepers to explore the Seven Sacred Teachings and share how they have guided the people through personal journeys. This year’s speakers will also provide context for how the teachings can help community members, organizations, governments, and businesses respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, while also informing actions that can be taken to ensure respectful Indigenous engagement and inclusion within communities.


A huge thank you to our Organizing Committee Members – they’re the ones responsible for ensuring this conference is a success!

Elder Gilbert Kewistep

Eugene Arcand

Lorna Arcand

Brad Bird
Director, Reconciliation, Saskatoon Public Library

Melissa Cote
Director, Indigenous Initiatives, City of Saskatoon

Tanya Dunn-Pierce
Executive Director, Population Health, Saskatchewan Health Authority

Andrea Howe
Director, Labour Partnerships & Community Impact, United Way Saskatoon & Area

Neal Kewistep
Executive-in-Residence, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy

Roy Lavallee
Social Development Consultant,
City of Saskatoon

Erica Schindel
Communications & Marketing Manager,
Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy

Heather Drozd
Health Promotion Department,
Saskatchewan Health Authority