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Special Emphasis: Indigenous Education and Decolonization


Welcome to the Indigenous Education and Decolonization Emphasis:

The Indigenous Emphasis examines the complex and tangled histories of those on whose traditional lands OISE/University of Toronto is situated - the Ouendat (Wyandot-Huron), Onondowahgah (Seneca- Hodenosaunee) and the Misi-zaagiing (Mississaugas-Anishinaabek) nations. This territory is subject to the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Iroquois Confederacy and the Ojibwe and allied nations to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. This emphasis will provide an entry point into the knowledge systems that emerge from this particular land, with an emphasis on land itself as a teacher and a source of knowledge. The emphasis will be grounded on a decolonial pedagogy, with a commitment to anti-colonization and decolonization practices. Recognizing that this land has and still does exist first and foremost in relationship to Indigenous people requires a critical consciousness and acknowledgement of whose traditional lands we are now on as well as the historical and contemporary realities of those relationships. It is this understanding that forms the philosophical foundation upon which all of our courses position themselves within the emphasis. 

Core Faculty

  • Dr. Rubén Gaztambide-Fernández
  • Dr. Sandra Styres
  • Dr. Heather Sykes

Affiliated Faculty

  • Dr. Jack Miller

Applications for 2019-20 are now open!  Apply to the CSTD Master of Education program and indicate your interest in the Indigenous Education and Decolonization Emphasis in your Statement of Intent. 

Indigenous Education and Decolonization Courses:

Students in the Indigenous Education and Decolonization Emphasis are expected to take three or more of the following courses:

  • CTL1024H: Poststructuralism and Education (Sykes)
  • CTL1063H: Pedagogies of Solidarity (Gaztambide-Fernández)
  • CTL1320H: Introduction to Aboriginal Land-centered Education: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives (Styres)
  • CTL1321H: Aboriginal Civilization: Language, Culture and Identity (Styres)
  • CTL1322H: Literacies of Land: Narrative, Storying and Literature (Styres)
  • CTL3799H: Land‐centred Approaches to Research and Community Engagement: Bringing a ‘Good’ Mind to Indigenous Education Research (Styres)
  • CTL5010H: Introduction to Decolonization in Education (Gaztambide-Fernández)