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23 Years of Quest

The York Region District School Board is excited to announce that this year’s conference theme will be The Quest: Indigenous Education and Equity. At the 2019 conference, the program will be structured to reflect The Two Row Wampum, the agreement between the Haudenosaunee and the Dutch, which outlines a mutual, three-part commitment to friendship, peace between peoples, and living in parallel forever. The program will showcase learning in a traditional workshop format, as well as teaching in a traditional Indigenous Education setting. The Two Row Wampum will signify the basis for the focus that although Indigenous Education and Equity overlap in terms of the kinds of educational and experiential outcomes we aim for our students, families, staff and community, they are distinct approaches with their own intentional information and teachings.

Throughout the Quest 2019 conference, the information and learnings shared will assist to share the following in terms of Indigenous Education and Equity:

  • Indigenous Education is about understanding the imperative pursuit of sovereignty for Indigenous people and ensuring the prevention of erasure.
  • Equity is about seeking to actively address disproportionalities, disparities, and discrimination for disadvantaged groups and individuals (Azmi and Foster, 2018).

Over the last two decades, the York Region District School Board’s Quest Conference has brought together members of the educational community from around the world. Recent themes have included important topics such as equitable and inclusive schools, deep learning in a digital world, and mental health and well-being  – all focused on learning together to improve student achievement and well-being.

Today, the Quest Conference attracts over 1000 participants including students, teachers, support staff, school and system leaders, parents, community members, school trustees, and government members. More than just an event, the Quest Conference provides opportunities for participants to investigate, dialogue, and reflect together. Most importantly, the Quest Conference motivates carefully considered and innovative action as those attending return to their respective roles in education.

Previous speakers include the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, the Honourable Romeo Dallaire, Michael Fullan, Will Richardson, Dr. Carol Campbell, Rick Hansen, Dr. Avis Glaze, Pinball Clemons, Stephen Lewis, Peter Mansbridge, Ratna Omidvar, Margaret Trudeau, Dr. Jean Clinton, Kevin Lamoureux, and many others.

Be a part of the conversation at #YRDSBQuest. You can also check out the Quest Journal and learn from conference presenters, educators, and scholars.1.To provide a Quest 2019 Indigenous Education and Equity focus for all participants and develop a deeper understanding of the impact on students, staff, parents and the community.

2.To motivate participants to share their indigenous education and equity queries, perspectives and knowledge at Quest 2019 through active participation during ‘digging deeper’ sessions with keynote speakers, the interactive workshop sessions, and the additional supports at Quest that can enrich the learning experience for all.

3.To urge each participant to take carefully considered, meaningful and innovative action following Quest 2019 in their respective educational roles and continue to build partnerships with students, staff, parents and community partners.