Message from the Director

Dear Partners in Rural Education:

On behalf of the Department of Educational Administration and the Saskatchewan Educational Leadership Unit (SELU) in the College of Education at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, it is my pleasure to invite you to participate in the 27th annual National Rural Congress to be held virtually on March 27th and 28th, 2022. The theme of the Congress is, Rural Education for a Sustainable Future. Our Congress will highlight global perspectives on rural and remote education and sustainability research, and engender exciting discussions between educators, school and system leaders, parents, community members, and researchers.

The University of Saskatchewan is situated on Treaty 6 territory and the homeland of the Métis in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. The Department of Educational Administration in the College of Education has a long history of providing leadership, research, and programming that supports rural educators, schools, and communities. It works in collaboration with SELU that has over 31 years of leadership in practitioner-focused research and development for educational partners, First Nations authorities, and human services agencies.

The Congress will begin on Sunday with a keynote address offered by Dr. Maureen Reed, a professor and UNESCO Co-Chair in Biocultural Diversity, Sustainability, Reconciliation and Renewal from the University of Saskatchewan. On Monday, we have planned a student panel presentation on sustainable land-based education. The Congress will conclude with a session focused on resources and opportunities for supporting Agriculture in the Classroom. In between the keynote sessions, we have planned learning sessions and moderated dialogues to build in relationality and discussions. We also will be showcasing graduate student research presentations as a feature of the virtual event.

We hope that you will consider forwarding a presentation for our learning sessions, and that you feel free to forward the call to others who have an interest in the programmatic and research innovations found in local spaces committed to rural schools and communities.

Take care, and we looking forward to hearing from you!

Dr. Dawn Wallin 
Director, National Congress on Rural Education in Canada 2022

This year, the National Congress on Rural Education in Canada is proud to partner with the University of Saskatchewan's International Office/People Around the World 2022. This partnership advances sustainable education through national and global perspectives. For more information on previous PAW events, click here



Hotel Information

For those attending the conference in person and looking for accommodation, we have secured a block of rooms at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Saskatoon East - University.

Attendees can book guestrooms by calling the following phone numbers:
Toll-free 1-800-HOLIDAY ( 1-800-465-4329 )
Hotel direct 1-306-954-1250

A user-friendly URL is ready for booking guestrooms within the block dates by simply clicking on the Booking Link (URL) below and it will take you directly to the special group rate provided to the group.

*** Note: To check availability on the website, please manually input the group's check-in and check-out dates prior to hitting the CHECK AVAILABILITY button.***

Group Name: Rural Congress on Education

Dates: March 27-29, 2022

Hotel Name and address:
Holiday Inn Express & Suites East-University
1838 College Drive; Saskatoon; Bldg #2, SK; S1N 2Z8

Room Type(s) available:
Two queens at $129.99/night
King Bed with pullout sofa at $139.99/night

Cut-off date: March 6, 2022

Group Code: RCE

Group Booking Link: Rural Congress on Education 


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Keynote Speakers

Maureen G. Reed is Distinguished Professor and shares a UNESCO Chair in Biocultural Diversity, Sustainability, Reconciliation and Renewal at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. Her research program focuses on the social dimensions of sustainability – how people, processes and institutions – shape decisions about environment and development. She and her students work in “the PROGRESS lab” with community partners to explain and support rural communities seeking to practice sustainability and demonstrate resilience in the face of both rapid and slow-moving environmental, social, economic, political and cultural change. She has worked with Canadian Biosphere Reserves since 2000 to improve their governance practices and help enhance their capacity to advance conservation of biological and cultural diversity, sustainable development, and learning. She is launching new partnerships with academic institutions and Biosphere Reserves in Canada, South Africa, and Germany to equip students and practitioners with professional and relational skills to become more effective sustainability change makers in their regions. She also conducts research related to equity, diversity, and inclusion in Canada’s forest sector, including forestry-based employment and planning for climate change adaptation. When she is not learning from her research partners, colleagues and students, she is walking the dog, making photos of flowers, and getting her hands dirty in the garden.

Land Cree Language program, Charlebois Community School – Cumberland House, SK 

Throughout centuries, the demeaning process of colonization has led to the decline of Canada’s Indigenous languages and culture. In order to reverse the intergenerational loss of our Indigenous languages and ways of connecting to the land, we must continually engage educators to take action. In 2013, The Joint Task Force identified language and culture as “foundational to the success of First Nation and Metis Students. Prior to that, the Canadian Council of Ministers of Education Symposium in Saskatoon (2008) concluded that for Indigenous learners to succeed in education, “affirmation of their language and cultural identity is essential.”  In response, educators and school leadership must carry out the moral and social ethical tasks to decolonize the curriculum in these areas. Therefore, we are compelled to do our part through “Āpacītātān Kitaskīnaw ēgwa Nēhinawēwin” (Let’s Use Our Land and Cree Language).

Aaron Fosseneuve   Principal 
Kato Carriere  Landbased Cree Teacher 
Mika Carriere  English/Cree Teacher 
Lily McKay-Carriere  CTEP Coordinator/Elder 
Bertha McKay  Elder 
Students  Christopher Deschambeault and Tavian Stewart 

Our organization bio:

Agriculture affects us all. Every single day. Since 1994, Agriculture in the Classroom Sask Inc. (AITC-SK) has played a pivotal role in educating youth about agriculture through hands-on activities, engaging programs, and inquiry-based educational resources. AITC-SK is made up of a team of dynamic individuals who are passionate about inspiring students to care about food and the people involved in producing it. We know that the next generation of big thinkers and decision makers are sitting in classrooms across the province, and we want to engage these bright minds, foster curiosity, and steward their personal connection to agriculture. Young people deserve to know where their food comes from and AITC-SK is bridging the gap between the agriculture and education communities to build a Saskatchewan community that understands, appreciates, and respects agriculture.

Session Description:
Food is an integral part of our everyday lives, but can you confidently say you know where your food came from and who was involved in producing it? In this age of information, how can we navigate the misinformation to make informed food choices?  Saskatchewan is a leader in agricultural innovation and has an important role in feeding the world. Nearly 1 in 5 Saskatchewan jobs is connected to agriculture. Our future producers, scientists and big thinkers are sitting in classrooms across the province right now. This panel discussion will feature Agriculture in the Classroom SK team members and members of the rural education community, sharing perspectives and ideas on the role ag-education has in growing informed consumers and potential industry members. Guided by our Curriculum Map, the presentation will follow a rural Saskatchewan student through their K-12 education, enroute to ag-literacy. We will highlight age-appropriate competencies, and offer free programs and resources to help students reach them. No matter the subject area, we have something to make agriculture come alive for your students, from primary science to senior level career education, and everything in between. Participants will come away with a greater appreciation for Saskatchewan agriculture, and feel empowered to create engaging, hands-on experiences in their classrooms and communities. Educators will learn how to access free, curriculum-based resources and programs. Community members will learn how they can get involved.

Our panelists

Sara Shymko, Executive Director, AITC-SK

Susan Jorgensen, Programs Manager, AITC-SK

Karielle Willner, Rural Educator, Sun West School Division

Session Information

For a detailed description of each session, please visit the link below.

Location and Parking

Parking Information

For those registrants who will be attending the Congress Opening on Sunday March 27, free parking will be available in lot F (staff lot).  On Monday, the paid parking lot #4 is east of the College of Education Building.  It is accessible off of Innovation Boulevard.

Maps - College of Education


Those people attending the conference in-person may want to bring their own technology and headphones if they wish to access virtual sessions.  Room 3126 is a computer lab on the third floor, this room will be open for people that bring their own technology or desktop computers are available if you wish to join a virtual learning session during one of the blocks.  All guests will receive a guest log in to the WiFi.

Connectivity Test

From the computer you intend to use when you participate in the National Congress on Rural Education in Canada 2022, and with that computer connected to your internet service, please click on the following button to complete the connectivity test. 

 Please be aware that all participants will require—at the very minimum, a desktop or laptop computer (hand-held devices are insufficient) with:

  • a camera,
  • a microphone,
  • speakers,
  • internet access, and
  • an up-to-date version of the Chrome or FireFox web browser

Congress Sponsors





Conference Sponsorship Opportunities

Conference Presentations

  • Presenters who submissions were accepted are invited to share their presentations on the National Congress on Rural Education in Canada website.  Please forward to by March 15, 2022.
  • Please observe Intellectual Property Rights for all presentations.

Congress Scholarship

Leke Jingwa

Dr. Murray Scharf Award for the National Congress on Rural Education in Canada 2022

The Saskatchewan Educational Leadership Unit is pleased to announce that Leke Jingwa has been awarded the Dr. Murray Scharf Award for the National Congress on Rural Education in Canada 2021.  Leke's contributions in planning this year’s event is greatly appreciated.  Congratulations, Leke!


Planning Committee

National Congress on Rural Education in Canada 2022 Planning Committee
Egan Chernoff Department of Educational Administration, College of Education, University of Saskatchewan
Ruth Griffith Saskatchewan Association of School Councils
Duane Hauk Saskatchewan League of Educational Administrators, Directors, and Superintendents (LEADS)
Elizabeth Hutton Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation (STF)
Leke Jingwa Dr. Murray Scharf Rural Congress Scholarship Recipient
Holly Mayes Saskatchewan Educational Leadership Unit (SELU)
Shaun McEachern STF Professional Learning
Greg McJannet Saskatchewan Educational Leadership Unit (SELU)
Benjamin Olayele Saskatchewan Ministry of Education
Pamela Osmond-Johnson University of Regina
Ronna Pethick Saskatchewan School Boards Assocation (SSBA)
Ron Purdy Saskatchewan Association of School Business Officials (SASBO)
Dawn Wallin Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs, Partnerships, and Research; Director, NCREC 2022


20 Year Celebration Video

Contact Us


28 Campus Drive
College of Education, University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK  Canada
S7N 0X1
(306) 966-7634