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Deepening Knowledge.

Infusing Aboriginal Content and Perspectives

Into Your Teaching Practice

At OISE, we encourage all of our teacher candidates, graduates, and researchers to actively acknowledge the importance of the First Peoples of Turtle Island and to teach about their histories, cultures and perspectives to all students.  This section contains resources to help you infuse your practice with the perspectives of Aboriginal populations.

For OISE Master of Teaching (MT) Students and Instructors: The Deepening Knowledge Project is happy to announce that Aliesha Arndt and Angela Nardozi are both available for a limited number of 45 or 60 minute one-on-one consultation meetings about Indigenous education.

They are happy to meet and:

  • Address concerns or questions about lessons you have already developed 
  • Brainstorm ideas as you prepare to create a lesson
  • Answer questions you might have about Indigenous histories and current events 
  • Anticipate questions which students might have

Aliesha Arndt is Kanienkehaka of Six Nations of the Grand River and was born to the Bear Clan. She received her Bachelor of Arts in 2014 from the University of Toronto and graduated in June of 2016 with a Master of Teaching. Aliesha has worked with Canadian Roots Exchange facilitating workshops with youth and various organizations across Canada on the process of healing relationships and reconciliation. Aliesha also works closely with the Feathers of Hope initiative that brings together First Nations youth from across Ontario to discuss and present issues in their communities and the role young people can play in facilitating healthy positive change. She currently works with Teach For Canada supporting educators in Northern Ontario. Aliesha can be reached at alieshaarndt [at] msn [dot] com.

Dr. Angela Nardozi is a guest on Turtle Island, whose family came to this land from Italy. In April 2016, she completed her PhD at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education with a focus on Indigenous content in teacher education. She has worked in and in solidarity with Indigenous communities in Ontario since 2008. For five years, she was the Project Manager of the Deepening Knowledge Project, which gave her and her colleagues the opportunity to work with over 6000 teacher candidates around Indigenous histories and current communities. She currently works as a Consultant and Coach. She can be contacted at angela.nardozi [at] gmail [dot] com.


Sarah Foster - Teacher Candidate on infusing Aboriginal content and perspectives and teaching and learning about Residential Schools

Sarah Foster and her grade 3/4 students discuss the importance of learning about Aboriginal history and current issues. Sarah is a teacher candidate in the Aboriginal focussed cohort of the Elementary Consecutive BEd program at OISE/UT. In the four weeks of her first practicum placement in a grade 3/4 class at St. Vincent de Paul Separate School in Toronto, Sarah expanded on Social Studies curriculum expectations to include a study of Aboriginal history.  In these interviews both Sarah and her students talk about the importance of teaching and learning about this history.



Nathan Goold - Teacher Candidate on Infusing Aboriginal Content & Perspectives

Click here for Nathan's lesson plan.


Ask An Elder - Jason Jones

Series of videos exploring Ojibwe teachings with an Elder.



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