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The Department of Humanities, Social Sciences and Social Justice Education (HSSSJE) is an intellectual community committed to producing and advancing knowledge on social justice education in Canada and beyond. We understand social justice education as a robust term, allowing for diverse meanings and methodologies.

Its graduate program is concerned with both theoretical and empirical problems regarding in/equity in educational spaces, broadly conceived. Faculty and students approach their inquiries from disciplinary (e.g., anthropology, history, philosophy, political science, or sociology) and/or interdisciplinary (e.g., anti-colonial, critical race, disability, feminist, francophone, indigenity, indigenous, or queer) perspectives. They focus on identifying new relationships and making connections by asking significant questions about social justice education within and across disciplines. Hence, they foreground research and teaching in social justice education, pursued through the analytical and empirical tools from the humanities and social sciences.

The department’s vision is to enable both graduate students and initial teacher education students to explore questions, such as “What was, what is, and what should be the relationship between education and society?” and “What kinds of knowledge do educators need to answer those questions?” The department aims to provide students with the academic knowledge and skills necessary to engage and raise questions of critical importance to educational theories and practices, and their relationship to individuals, communities, and societies.


HSSSJE all-day Colloquium 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

OISE |  252 Bloor Street West | Toronto | above St. George subway

Parking at OISE & opposite St George subway Bedford entrance


Aboriginal Knowledge(s): Colonialism, Decolonization & Education

A one-day colloquium organized by HSSSJE for faculty & students; and public keynote addresses with Janice Hill and Verna St. Denis

Public Forum with Janice Hill and Verna St. Denis

5:00 p.m. | OISE Library, Ground floor


Janice C. Hill (Turtle Clan, Mohawk Nation), Director of Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre at Queen’s University

Verna St. Denis (Cree and Métis of the Beardy’s and Okemasis First Nation), Professor of Education at the University of Saskatchewan


Colloquium for OISE faculty and students

Students: free | Faculty: contributions requested | Register: c.sinclair@utoronto.ca


Welcome and registration

10:30 a.m. | OISE Library, Ground floor


Panel 1: Emerging Scholars: Violence, Memory and Responsibility

11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. | OISE Library, Ground floor


Education and Violence: An Indigenous Perspective, Robyn Bourgeois (Lubicon), PhD candidate, HSSSJE

Nikis (My little house) Memory Map: A Cree Family's Story of Residential School Inter-generational Impacts in the 1960s, Brenda Wastasecoot (York Factory Cree Nation), PhD candidate, Adult Education and Community Development, LHAE

Towards a Curriculum of Settler Colonial Responsibility in Teacher Education, Susanne Waldorf, PhD student, Sociology of Education, HSSSJE


LUNCH (on site, with pre-registration)


Panel 2: Aboriginal Education and the Educators: A Moderated Discussion

1:30 - 2:45 p.m. | OISE Library, Ground floor


Martin Cannon (Oneida Nation of the Six Nations at Grand River Territory), Associate Professor, Department of Humanities, Social Sciences and Social Justice Education, OISE

Jean-Paul Restoule (Dokis First Nation, Anishinaabe), Associate Professor, Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education, OISE

Suzanne Stewart (Yellowknife Dene First Nation), Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Homelessness and Life Transitions, OISE

Sandra Styres (Mohawk, English and French descent, Six Nations of the Grand River Territory), Assistant Professor, Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, OISE

Moderator: Alissa Trotz, Associate Professor, Women and Gender Studies, and Caribbean Studies at New College, University of Toronto


Reception for Keynote Speakers
3:15 - 5:00 | Nexus Lounge, 12th Floor


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