The World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium- WINHEC
In August of 2002 in Kananskis, Alberta, Canada a group of Indigenous Educators in higher education came together to give form to a new organization called WINHEC. WINHEC stands for the World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium.
The WINHEC meeting in Canada was held in the midst of the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education and was the culmination of work and discussions that had been going on for almost ten years. To the participants who represented indigenous peoples from Alaska, Australia, Canada, Hawi'i, New Zealand, Sámi land and mainland USA, it seemed that the time was right for this kind of group to come together to provide an international forum and support for Indigenous Peoples to pursue common goals through higher education.
This group developed a "Declaration on Indigenous Peoples Higher Education" now commonly referred to as the WINHEC Charter. it outlines the vision, purpose and goals of WINHEC and was signed on a beutiful evening on AUgust the 5th 2002, upon Mother Earth, amid celebration and song.
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