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Indigenous Events at OISE 2017-18

A number of events are hosted through the year to give students, faculty and staff an opportunity to share in Aboriginal peoples' culture and develop a deeper appreciation and respect for the histories, cultures, values, and contemporary realities of Aboriginal peoples. All are welcome to attend.

Land-based Education Panel Discussion poster

Fall 2017

IEN Welcome and Information Fair - Thursday September 14, 2017  from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Room:OISE Library main floor. All are welcome to join the Indigenous Education Network's Welcome and Information Fair for new, returning and prospective OISE/UofT students. Meet IEN's faculty, student and staff members. Chat with representatives from Indigenous initiatives at U of T and learn about Indigenous resources on campus for Indigenous and non-Indigenous students. Light refreshments provided. RSVP here.

OISE Traditional Teacher Drop-in Sessions - Weekly, beginning on September 20, 2017. Jacqui Lavalley is available on Wednesday afternoons between 1:00 p.m - 5:00 p.m. Room: 7-231. Drop in during these times, or to make an appointment email ien@utoronto.ca. Students, staff, faculty and community members are welcome to drop in for cultural teachings, conversation and student support. More details here.

Meet & Greet for Indigenous Potential Students - Monday October 16, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Room: 5-210/220. Indigenous people interested in graduate studies at OISE are invited to a meet and greet for Indigenous potential students. Learn about OISE programs, meet Indigenous faculty members and chat with current students. Light refreshments will be provided. Register here.

Indigenous Education Week - Monday October 30th to Friday November 3rd, multiple events in various locations at the University of Toronto. All events are free and open to the public. See the full schedule of events here.

#RockYourMocsOISE Image-based Storytelling: Creating a Visual Narrative of the Self Workshop-Thursday November 16, 2017 from 2-5p.m. Space is limited. Registeration required. Register here. 

Priority will be given to Indigenous, Black & Indigenous and Afro-Indigenous registrants. Registration confirmations will be sent out on Tuesday November 14th.

Join Dene artist Lisa Boivin for a reflexive, arts-based workshop that focusses on the needs of Indigenous students navigating the colonial academy. Lisa utilizes the Indigenous tradition of image-based storytelling to encourage students and educators to be more reflexive in their daily practice. She will open this workshop with a visual narrative by extracting Indigenous experience and perspectives from images she has painted. Lisa then invites workshop participants to reimagine and then draw the academy as a functioning nation where every person exercises their role as a citizen. Participants will then be given time to create and share their visual narratives of the self in the form of image-based storytelling.

#RockYourMocsOISE celebrates Indigenous presence and bring attention to the need for meaningful engagement with Indigenous people, ideas, and knowledges. Rock Your Mocs events are taking place all over Turtle Island the week of November 12-18. Wear your moccasins to celebrate Indigenous survivance and presence.

Social, Swap and Snack - Thursday December 7, 2017 from 2-5p.m. OISE Nexus Lounge, room 12-130 Register here

Join the Indigenous Education Network (IEN), Indigenous Studies Students' Union (ISSU) and Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement(SAGE) and socialize, swap items, and share some snacks! Bring your clean and gently used items, and leave with something new-to-you! SAGE will be collecting formal wear to be donated to Sandy Lake First Nation's High School Prom (dresses, dress pants, ties & dress shirts. Items remaining after the swap will be donated to local Indigenous organizations.

WHAT TO BRING? Small household items, new or barely used cosmetics, clothing (all ages), craft supplies ,plants and Traditional medicines, baby items, toys.
WHAT NOT TO BRING? We will not be accepting items in poor condition, large items, furniture, undergarments, or books.

Cedar Teaching with Traditional Ojibwe Kokomis Jacqui Lavalley - Wednesday December 13, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., OISE room 5-220. Space is limited to 25 participants, registration is required.

Winter 2018

Sage Teaching with Traditional Ojibwe Kokomis Jacqui Lavalley - Wednesday January 17, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., OISE room 5-220. Space is limited to 25 participants, registration is required.

Summit on Supervising Indigenous Students - Monday February 5, 2018, Room OISE library main floor.

Sweetgrass Teaching with Traditional Ojibwe Kokomis Jacqui Lavalley - Tuesday February 13, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., OISE room 12-199. Space is limited to 25 participants, registration is required. Register here.

Indigenous Research Student Symposium (IRSS) - Thursday March 1, 2018, 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Room: 5-220. Co-presented by SAGE and IEN. University of Toronto undergraduate and graduate students are invited to submit abstracts for oral presentations by Friday February 9, 2018. Details for abstract submissions can be downloaded here. There is no fee to attend, but registration is reccommended. Please register here.

State Violence and Indigenous Resistance Film Screening - Monday March 19, 2018, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave. Doors open at 6:30. Screenings of The Misadventures of Pussy Boy Trilogy, directed by Alec Butler and Just Dandy, directed by Thirza Cuthand will be followed by readings/performances by the filmmakers & post -screening snacks. Free screening, no tickets or registration required. All are welcome. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Light refreshements provided. All films are captioned, and ASL interpretation will be provided. Innis Town Hall is a wheelchair accessible venue. There are all-gender, single-user wheelchair accessible washrooms on site.

Land-based Education Panel Discussion - Saturday March 24, 2018, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. OISE Auditorium, 252 Bloor St. W. Free and open to the public. Is there a role for the university to play in local land reclamation, land grievances and land education? Join OISE's Dean's Advisory Council on Indigenous Education (DACIE) and the Indigenous Education Network (IEN) for an afternoon of discussion. Panels will share perspectives from Indigenous scholars and leaders in land-based education from the University of Victoria, the University of Alberta, Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning, Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig, University of Buffalo and the University of Toronto. Speakers will include: Elaine Alexie, Jeffrey Ansloos, Martin Cannon, Erin Freeland, Adam Gaudry, Susan Hill, Shanne McCaffrey, Theresa McCarthy, Bernadette Shawanda, Sandra Styres, Eve Tuck and Stephanie Waterman. The OISE Auditorium is a wheelchair accessible space. There is a single-user wheelchair accessible washroom on the same floor as the event space. Free tickets are available here.


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