The Action Research Network of the Americas (ARNA)
In Partnership with Yellowhead Tribal College (YTC), Edmonton, Alberta, Canada


ARNA and YTC are very pleased to announce that YTC will host ARNA’s 11th Annual Conference from May 30 – June 2, 2023 at the Yellowhead Tribal College in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. This is ARNA’s 2nd Hybrid Conference, 3rd conference in Canada and 1st organized in partnership with a tribal college. As a Hybrid Conference, we will welcome participants to connect with the conference virtually. For in-person attendees we will gather at Yellowhead Tribal College (YTC), an inclusive and open learning institution in Treaty 6 territory that provides accredited programs in a flexible, supportive academic environment that nurtures indigenous cultures and traditions. The college was established in 1986 by Yellowhead Tribal Council to meet the educational needs of its member nations (Alexander First Nation, Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation, O’Chiese First Nation, and Sunchild First Nation).

This Call for Abstracts includes both ARNA’s traditional conference topics as well as a range of topics focused on this year’s theme. Our traditional topics address work being done in the domains of social justice (for example, intercultural issues, social equity and community development initiatives), practitioner research in education, healthcare, and social services, knowledge democratization, higher education action research, and youth participatory action- research.

The conference theme “Land-Based Knowledge and Action Research” will be explored through workshops, panel discussions, roundtables, and the presentation of papers and posters addressing a variety of topics, including

  • Action research, PAR, YPAR and community-based participatory research (CBPR) in indigenous education
  • Teacher certification, land-based knowledge and teacher training
  • Indigenous language instruction, curriculum development, and practitioner research
  • Higher education and Indigenous education: Challenges and Renegotiations
  • Science education, indigenous science, land-based learning and curriculum development
  • Creating change in instructional strategies
  • Intercultural translations: Dialogues across Western and Indigenous knowledge and across critiques of Eurocentrism and Indigenous knowledge
  • Practitioner research, classroom instruction and the wounds of coloniality
  • Transforming teaching for a new civic literacy
  • The epistemic divide, epistemicide and creating educational relationships of mutual learning

The conference will feature a variety of tools and techniques to enhance interaction, community, and sharing of knowledge and experience among conference participants.

Statement from Yellowhead Tribal College

Native land-based learning has existed since time immemorial. Our Elders, Knowledge Keepers, Eminent Scholars and people of our nations practiced our ways of being as evidenced in our existence, survival and resurgence. It was our ways of life, our survival mechanisms, spirituality, language and ceremony that was the foundation of our survival. Turtle Island, now known as Canada, is divided into provinces and territories. Specifically, the province of Alberta has become a part of our Anishinaabe, Cree, and Isga languages and cultures. We existed before Canada and before Alberta and welcomed them to our treaty agreement which was the 6th agreement signed with the Queen of England. Many of our people continue to follow the Creator’s path through the teachings of our Elders, Knowledge Keepers, and Eminent scholars.
One of the issues our people live with is the loss of language and culture. Many of our people are now not familiar with their ancestral wisdom that acknowledges our spirit and land-based systems. For many our knowledge has been “hidden” or not acknowledged for the value it can provide to the democratization of knowledge. We believe that we can now share this information in a safe and mutually respectful manner. The pandemic provided the opportunity for our families to reconnect and learn family traditions and structures. For example, families had time to do things together; such as hunting and preparation. Family kinship was renewed. Our communities could focus on land learnings without provincial or federal governments interfering. The time has come for active change in current dialogues and to acknowledge and engage in genuine and authentic dialogue on the value of our knowledge and land based connections, how they are inter-connected, interrelated and interwoven through all the systems in this world.

As Paulo Freire once stated:
Respecting the knowledge of the people for me is a political attitude consistent with the political choice of the educator if he or she thinks about a different kind of society. In other words, I cannot fight for a freer society if at the same time I don’t respect the knowledge of the people.

The conference organizers welcome proposals to present on the topics and Statement above. Accepted proposals will reflect the practical and theoretical work of pre K-12 educators, Indigenous educators, scholar-activists in higher education, community-based activists working in support of educational equity and transformational educational practices, youth-activists

working on issues of rights, voice, and access, and action researchers, participatory action researchers, community-based participatory researchers, and youth participatory action researchers from around the world.

Action Research promotes the use of cultural knowledge and academic methods to observe and capture the inherent wisdom of Indigenous cultural practices. This conference will explore the application of cultural practices to solve modern problems and review a reflective process by which cultural practices may solve progressive problems.

The conference is organized into Four Strands that tie the topics together

Respectfully Engaging with Community

Please see for more information. The Call for Abstracts opens on November 15 and will be accessed at

YTC will host this conference in partnership with ARNA and other regional, national, and international institutions and networks, NGOs, scholar-activist initiatives, and community-based advocacy groups working to preserve indigenous cultures, land-based learning, First Nations’ rights, knowledge diversity, and to maintain equitable relations between higher education-based knowledge production and alternative bases and spaces for democratized knowledge production and sharing.

Conference participation will be both in-person and virtual.
We very much look forward to your participation.

These are the key dates:

  • Opening of Call for Abstracts: 15 November 22
  • Opening of Early Bird Conference Registration: 27 January 2023
  • Opening of Study Days Registration/Reservations: 27 January 2023
  • Deadline for proposals: 13 March 2023
  • Final Study Days Registration: 30 March 2023 (Registration is limited to 80 people)
  • End of Submission Review and Notifications: 7 April 2023
  • Regular Registration Begins: 8 April 2023
  • Final Conference Registration: 30 May 2023

Contact Information: For questions and further information, please contact ARNA Chair Miguel Angel Lopez Montoya at Conference Chair Claudette Rain can be reached at

Current Sponsors include:

  • Action Research Network of the Americas (ARNA)
  • Yellowhead Tribal College, Edmonton, Alberta Canada
  • Center for Collaborative Action Research, California, USA
  • Diné Center for Research and Evaluation, Sanders, Arizona
  • Social Publishers Foundation, San Marcos, California, USA

Preliminary Endorsements:

  • Canadian Journal of Action Research (CJAR)
  • Swedish Participatory Action Research Community (SPARC)

If you’d like to be a sponsor for this event, please contact Debasmita Roychowdhury at If you wish to be included in the endorsements, please contact Lonnie Rowell at

The Conference Planning Committee:

  • Claudette Rain, Conference Chair, Vice-President, Yellowhead Tribal College, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • Tracey Potras-Collins, President, Yellowhead Tribal College; Chair, Conference Budget Planning
  • Shawn Meier, Conference Program Chair, Social Work Dept. Head, Yellowhead Tribal College, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • Lorenda Belone, Associate Professor, College of Education, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
  • Amanda Cuellar, Assistant Professor, NMSU Doña Ana Community College, Las Cruces, New Mexico
  • Marie-Eve Drouin-Gagné, Assistant Professor, National Institute of Scientific Research, INRS-UQAT Joint Unit in Indigenous Studies, Val-d’Or, Quebec, Canada
  • Sharise Rosteski, Communications, Yellowhead Tribal College, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • Lonnie Rowell, ARNA Co-coordinator, Knowledge Democracy Initiative (KDI); President, Social Publishers Foundation, Rio Rancho, New Mexico
  • Bess Tsosie, Cultural Researcher, Diné Center for Research & Evaluation, Sanders, Arizona
  • David Tsosie, Cultural Researcher, Diné Center for Research & Evaluation, Sanders, Arizona
  • Jocelyn Verreault, Vice-President, Yellowhead Tribal College, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada