Upcoming Indigenous Cultural Awareness Workshops

1. Truth & Reconciliation: Context and Calls for Action – April 29th 2016

This workshop will highlight the background and context of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission conclusions, the Calls to Action which apply to higher education, the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering (FASE), the University’s response, and recommendations on preparations and actions for FASE for 2016 and beyond.

The workshops will be presented by Prof. Suzanne Stewart of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, and Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Homelessness and Life Transitions. It will be presented on two dates at the Bahen Centre in U of T’s Faculty for Applied Science & Engineering.

The seminar will provide important context for DGRC trainees on the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the state of Canada-First Nations relations as they look to collaborate and partner with communities in their careers in the energy sector.

2. Aboriginal Outreach Training – May 5, 2016

DGRC Trainees will attend an Aboriginal Outreach Training session held by Mr. Doug Dokis, a member of Dokis First Nation in Northern Ontario. Doug is the Senior Advisor, National Aboriginal Outreach Program for Actua Canada. Previously Doug was the Manager, Aboriginal Sevices & Community Outreach for Nipissing University and now provides support to universities across the country who wish to engage more intentionally and meaningfully with Indigenous and Aboriginal people.

This training is for all Engineering Outreach student staff that will be delivering camps, in-community and in-school workshops over the summer. Learning outcomes include an increased awareness of Traditional Knowledge (TK) through the context of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) outreach, a greater understanding of some of the barriers to education experienced by First Nations people and an increased ability to incorporate a world view into pre-university engineering curriculum.

3. Indigenous Cultural Awareness Workshops: Indigenous Curricular and Co-Curricular Student Experiences at U of T – May 25th 2016

The workshop is presented by Elder Cat Criger and Aboriginal Learning Strategist, Bonnie Jane Maracle. They will demonstrate their methods for including Indigenous perspectives, practices, and pedagogies into their work with students at the University of Toronto. They will share successes and recommendations on how to create a more culturally sensitive environment for Aboriginal students, and to build a network for referrals and consultations. The format will be a 2 part workshop: Indigenous Curricular Student Experiences with Bonnie Jane Maracle, followed by Indigenous Co-Curricular Student Experiences with Elder Cat Criger (Time: 11:00 – 12:45 Curricular Experiences; 12:50 – 1:30 Co-Curricular Experiences)