To request an Indigenous Knowledge Keeper and/or Elder, our team asks that you fill out the below form a minimum of three (3) weeks prior to your event or gathering. Once the form is submitted, our team will review it and the request will be forwarded to Elders and Knowledge Keepers who have expressed an interest in receiving such requests. Interested Elders or Knowledge Keepers will follow up directly with you or your team through the contact information provided. This process is intended to ensure that Elders and Knowledge Keepers have full autonomy over who has access to their contact information.

If you do not receive a response, this means that no one is available to accommodate your request.

Below are some examples of events where it would be deemed appropriate to invite an Elder and/or Knowledge Keeper:

  • Supporting Indigenous student success
  • Supporting teaching and learning with Indigenous knowledge
  • Supporting research and graduate students

The Centre for Indigenous Support and Community Engagement Compensation Guide

Opening Prayer/Remarks Half Day Rate: $200.00 (honorarium)
Closing Prayer/Remarks Half Day Rate: $200.00 (honorarium)
Request to share teachings with a class Full Day Rate: $400.00 (honorarium)
Request to be a Panelist Full Day Rate: $400.00 (honorarium)
Request as a speaker/lecturer/facilitator Elders and Knowledge Keepers have their own speaker fees so please inquire about those rates. This will mean they need to be paid as an independent contractor.

Please note: It is customary in most Indigenous cultures to offer a small gift in addition to monetary compensation. It is also customary in Algonquin territory to offer tobacco when asking something of an Elder or Knowledge Keeper. This is often customary for other First Nation people and many Métis as well.

Request For Elders or Knowledge Holders

    If the answer is "Yes", we are unable to process your request. Please see our Territory Acknowledgement page for more information: https://carleton.ca/indigenous/policies-procedures/algonquin-territory-acknowledgment/
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    If the answer is "No", we are unable to process your request unless funding has been secured.
    If the answer is "No", we are unable to process your request unless an onsite assistant has been secured.
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