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Indigenous Education Network

Indigenous Events 2020-2021

A number of events are hosted through the year to give students, faculty and staff an opportunity to develop a deeper appreciation and respect for the histories, cultures, values, and contemporary realities of Indigenous peoples. In response to COVID-19 social distancing protocols, the IEN has shifted to delivering online events and workshops until further notice. 

Winter 2021

Pandemic Parenting Roundtable - Friday February 19th, 2-3pm EST

Pandemic Parenting Roundtable Discussion on Friday February 19th, 2021, 2-3pm EST. Pandemic Parenting Roundtable with OISE Graduate Students, moderated by Tasha Spillett. Tasha Spillett (she/her/hers)draws her strength from both her Inninewak (Cree) and Trinidadian bloodlines. She is a celebrated educator, poet, and emerging scholar. A priority of the IEN's work is thinking deeply about how we can create spaces to build stronger relations between Indigenous,  Afro-Indigenous and Black people, and to combat racial violence and how it manifests within academia. Through this roundtable discussion we will focus in on the intersecting experiences of students from these communities who are balancing graduate student life with their family responsibilities. We will celebrate the important work they are doing to raise children in Black and Indigenous communities, and talk about possibilities for making OISE and other academic spaces more safe, caring, and responsive to their needs. Register for this free virtual event at: https://pandemic_parenting_roundtable.eventbrite.ca

Virtual Drop-in Circle with Gokoomis (Grandmother) Jacque(line) Lavalley

Virtual Drop-in Circle with Gokoomis (Grandmother) Jacque(line) Lavalley: Group drop-in circles with Gokoomis Jacque Lavalley will occur twice per month on Wednesdays from 6-8pm via Zoom. The next drop-in circles will be held on February 3rd & 17th. Email ien@utoronto.ca to reserve a spot. 

Fall 2020

IEN's Children's Book Read-Along Series                

The Indigenous Education Network's read-along series invites families to enjoy children's books written and read by Indigenous authors. The series is available to watch on the IEN's YouTube channel. In episode one, Nicole Ineese-Nash and Nyle Johnston read Learning Ojibway with Numbers and Animals and in episode two, Brenda Wastasecoot reads Granny's Giant Bannock.

Full Moon Talk with Gokoomis Jacque(line) Lavalley 

Listen to Jacque's full moon teaching on the IEN's Youtube channel 

OISE Virtual Drop-in Circle with Gokoomis (Grandmother) Jacque(line) Lavalley - starting September 23, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. via Zoom

Traditional Ojibwe Teacher and Gokoomis, Jacque(line) Lavalley will be holding two-hour drop-in sessions on alternate Wednesday evenings beginning on September 23rd between 6-8pm via Zoom. Students, staff, faculty and community members are welcome to drop in for traditional teachings, conversation and student support. Email ien@utoronto.ca to indicate your interest in attending the drop-in on any or all of the following dates: September 23rd, October 7th & 21st, November 4th & 18th and December 2nd & 16th.

The Black Shoals: Offshore Formations of Black and Native Studies public lecture with Dr. Tiffany King and moderated by Dr. Fikile Nxumalo and Dr. Jennifer Brant on October 29th from 4 – 5:30pm via Zoom. 

In this online lecture Dr. King will speak about her book The Black Shoals: Offshore Formations of Black and Native Studies. This will include discussion on how scholarly traditions within Black Studies, that examine Indigenous genocide alongside slavery in the Americas, have forged ethical and generative engagements with Native Studies—and Native thought. Co-sponsored by OISE'S Department of Curriculum Teaching and Learning, Indigenous Education Network and the OISE Visiting Scholars Funding Program. Watch the recorded lecture on the IEN's Youtube channel here. 

The Indigenous Education Network's Student Community Engagement and Support Workshop Series  - Tips for Indigenous Graduate Students 

Sandi Wemigwase (Odawa), PhD Candidate at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education shares academic success and wellness tips for new and current Indigenous Graduate students. Check out the video on the IEN's Youtube channel here.

Indigenous Education Week - November 16th-20th (Various Events)

Indigenous Education Week 2020 will host several events online from November 16 -20, focusing on the theme of Grassroots and Community-Building Initiatives. We want to acknowledge a year of resistance, and where injustices and systemic barriers are being exposed and countered. From Youth to our Elders, we celebrate the work of those who are actively changing the wold for better, for everyone!
Click to view the complete schedule and registration page. 

Virtual Round Table: Indigenous Land & Water Defense Actions & Strategies of Solidarity, Youtube video recording.

Hosted by SJE Solidarity with Wet’suwet’en and the Indigenous Education Network. This online roundtable was organized to mark the 30th anniversary of the Kanehsata'kehró:non resistance to the siege of Kanehsatà:ke. The event is intended to honour and build solidarity with the long-standing Indigenous resistance to settler colonialism by making links between the Kanehsatà:ke and Wet’suwet’en struggles, while also making connections to the Haudenosaunee Landback movement and the assertion of Mi’kmaq fishing rights, and bring attention to Indigenous-led land and water defense actions across Turtle Island and internationally. This event is inspired by the Unist’ot’en Solidarity Brigade’s call for action on July 11th. There will be a component that directs attendees to donate funds to land and water defense movements. Speakers Include: Sandra Owén:nakon Deer, Kanien’kehá:ka, McGill University. Pamela Palmater, Mi’kmaw, Eel River Bar First Nation, Chair of Indigenous Governance, Ryerson. Sleydo' Molly Wickham, Gidimt'en Camp Spokesperson of the Wet'suwet'en people. Starla Myers, Kanienka:haka Journalist, Real People's Media Skyler Williams, Kanien’kehá:ka Land Defender, Spokesperson for 1492 Land Back Lane at Six Nations of the Grand River.

Indigenous Education Week: OISE Lunch 'n Learn with Rick Hill Sr. on the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Youtube video.  

Wampum belts are visual memory keepers that mark significant events and codify agreements. For Indigenous Education Week this year, the Dean's Advisory Council on Indigenous Education (DACIE) and the Indigenous Education Network (IEN) hosted a Lunch 'n Learn session that welcomed OISE Staff, Faculty and Students to learn about the Dish With One Spoon wampum. This wampum marks an agreement originally made between the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe, and extended to other communities over time. It models how relationships should be formed and maintained in the lands and waters that include Tkaronto. A representation of the Dish With One Spoon wampum has been incorporated into the OISE lobby, and so we encourage our colleagues and the OISE community to learn more and consider how these philosophies might guide how you live and work on this territory.

Summer 2020

Virtual Visiting Knowledge Keeper Lecture on Zoom - Thursday May 28th from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 

Dr. Alex Wilson will be speaking about Queering Indigenous Education. 

A Queer Indigenous Research Journey talk with Marie Laing - Wednesday July 15, 2020 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. via Zoom 

In this talk, Marie will share the findings from her Master's thesis research with fellow queer, two-spirit and trans Indigenous youth in Toronto about the term two-spirit. She will share aspects of her journey as a queer Kanyen'kehá:ka researcher, as well as findings from the research and implications for educators. During this conversation, we will be creating space to focus on the experiences and voices of queer, two-spirit and trans Indigenous and Afro-Indigenous community members. Folks who are joining us for this talk from other communities are welcome to attend as active listeners and witnesses to the discussion. 

Online Cree Bingo - Wednesday July 22nd from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. 

The IEN, Ciimaan/Kahuwe'ya/Qajaq Indigenous Language Initiative and First Nations House are co-hosting online Cree Bingo. This event is open to all members of the UofT community and all levels of language learning and fluency. Prizes are available to be won and will be awarded in the form of e-gift cards for the first three rounds played and winners will be able to select their prize from a list of options. Note that there is a two prize maximum per person. 

Two-Spirit Futurisms Gathering facilitated by Seán Kinsella - Thursday August 6, 2020 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. via Zoom 

The Indigenous Education Network is hosting a Two-spirit Futurisms Gathering, facilitated by Seán Kinsella on August 6, 2020 from 6-8pm. This gathering is intended to center the experiences and voices of queer, two-spirit and trans community members. We invite all participants to vision with us ways that we can think forward to co-create communities that are healthier for everyone.

During this conversation, we will be creating space to focus on the experiences and voices of queer, two-spirit and trans Indigenous and Afro-Indigenous community members. Folks who are joining us for this talk from other communities are welcome to attend as active listeners and witnesses to the discussion. 




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