The First Peoples’ Post-secondary Storytelling Exchange (2016-2020) is a multi-institutional project funded by a Partnership Development Grant through SSHRC’s Community and College Social Innovation Fund (CCSIF), with support for dissemination from a SSHRC Connections grant.

The project is about creating more responsive post-secondary education for Indigenous students and honouring Indigenous approaches to teaching and learning.

Over 100 people from First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities told stories of education and learning at school, college, university, in family and on the land. Storytelling exchanges, talking circles, and filmmaking took place in the Tiohtiá:ke (Montreal) area, in Kanien’kehá:ka communities and in Inuit territory in Northern Quebec.

This website shares what we learned including participants’ recommendations for better educational opportunities. It also documents our collaborative methodology and provides resources for educators, students and families. See the Final Report.

Project Leads

Michelle Smith (Dawson College), Elizabeth Fast (Concordia University), Morgan Phillips (Kahnawake) Nicole Ives (McGill University)


We warmly thank the post-secondary students, families and Individuals who shared their educational journey, and the communities and schools that welcomed us. Gratitude to our dynamic team of Research Assistants, Filmmakers, Web Creators, Community Advisors, and Collaborators.

In memory Irqaumagilugu Susan Briscoe and Mary Kiatainaq.

See Our Team for full details