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Indigenous Education Network


January 28, 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

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. 


Wednesday February 10th, 5-7 PM - Metawetan! Come Play! Cree language bingo with Susan Hunter!

U of T students are invited to play bingo, learn some Cree words, have fun, and win prizes! Indigenous Studies, U of T students and Indigenous community members are welcome to join us, this event is free of charge. To register for any of these events, please email Jenny Blackbird, CKQ Coordinator: jenny.blackbird@utoronto.ca. Zoom links will be forwarded to registrants the day before the event dates.

Kisîwâtisôwin: Self-Compassion Workshop Series for Indigiqueers  

Kisîwâtisôwin is a Michif word that means kindness. University of Toronto undergraduate and graduate students across all three campuses (Scarborough, Mississauga, & St. George) that self-identify as Indigenous and 2SLGBTQ+ are welcome to attend. Please note that there is a maximum of 15 participants in this 4-part virtual workshop series - so register soon! 

Register for Workshop #1, Kisîwâtisôwin: The Physiology of Self-Criticism and Self-Compassion
Register for Workshop #2, Kisîwâtisôwin: Mindfulness & Letting Go of Resistance    
Register for Workshop #3,Kisîwâtisôwin: Self-Compassion & Shame 
Register for Workshop #4,Kisîwâtisôwin: Self-Compassion & Anger

The Centre for Indigenous Educational Research presents Student Speaker Series

An exciting series of talks by BIPOC student researchers at OISE, University of Toronto. We have various talks scheduled throughout the semester, and look forward to seeing you there! Below are some of the upcoming events in the series in February:

Friday February 5th, 12-1pm - Ian McCallum: "Indigenous language work, teaching, and distance learning: Sharing ideas and practice from work during the COVID-19 pandemic". 

Thursday, February 11th, 12-1pm - Heather Watts: "Reconciliation: A Commitment to Relationship". Registration is available at studentspeakers.eventbrite.ca

Tuesday, February 16th, 1-2pm - Red Bear Robinson: "Storytelling Method: A new 'very old' method of teaching and learning Ojibway". Register at studentspeakers.eventbrite.ca. If you need any assistance registering for any of these events or would like more information, please contact cier.oise@utoronto.ca

Call for Submissions – We’ve Found Our Voices/We’re Telling Our Stories – Submit by March 15  

Stories should be by survivors and/or adoptee Indigenous writers-which means anyone who identifies as First Nation, Inuit, Metis, Status and Non-Status (including those of mixed heritage/ancestry. Encourage submissions from 2 Spirit/LGBTQIAP folk. Submissions including Indigenous languages are also welcome, although please include English translations. For more info. contact chrissy.miskonoodinkwesmith@gmail.com

Indigenous Grad Writing Group: Registration Open for Winter 2021.

For Indigenous Grad Students in any discipline, and any students registered in Indigenous Studies courses. Tuesdays @ 5-7:30pm via Zoom.  Email a registration request to: gwg@utoronto.ca. Or contact Bonnie Jane Maracle, Indigenous Learning Strategist: bj.maracle@utoronto.ca


OISE Together Community Updates and Resources

University of Toronto Guide to Fall 2020 at U of T

IEN and OISE Library Indigenous COVID-19 Information and Resources Guide

Yellowhead Institute COVID-19 Indigenous Communities Information and Resources


U of T Emergency Food Bank - The U of T Emergency Food Bank has a contactless food bank for students to access healthy food during these difficult times. 
OISE Registrar and Student Services  
OISE Library 
Online Teaching and Learning Support 
OISE Student Success Centre (OSSC)
School of Graduate Studies 
SGS Grad Hub: Created for graduate students, by graduate students, to help you feel welcomed, connected, and prepared to thrive. 


First Na​tions House Indigenous Health and Wellness Counselor, Faith Chaput

All full-time and part-time students can call Health & Wellness at 416-978-8030 (select option “5”) to book/reschedule a remote appointment with Faith. 

UofT Health and Wellness Office

UofT Student Mental Health Resource

Coping resources for the OISE community

OISE Wellness Virtual Events

OISE Library Care Package


Deepening Knowledge Project- Resources for and about Aboriginal Education  - Information about the history and traditions of First Nations, Métis, Inuit and Native American cultures, the challenges facing Aboriginal communities today, and curricula for incorporating this information into your lesson plans and resources for OISE students. Click here to view the DKP YouTube Channel and event listings. 

Think Indigenous Online Indigenous Education K-8  via Facebook: @ThinkIndigenousOnlineEd

National Centre for Collaboration in Indigenous Education connects communities with each other to share their stories about Indigenous education across Canada and around the world.

Web Series: OISE Stay @ Home Club The OISE Stay @ Home Club is a Twitter Live series that features alumni and friends of the Institute leading interactive lessons for children and adults alike. 

Native Northwest - Native Northwest is offering free, culturally connected colouring pages.

Goodminds - Complimentary Indigenous Education Activity Journal

Copa - 31 animated short films in 7 Indigenous languages and/or read or watch a series of 3storybooks all based upon COPA's empowerment approach to children's rights, human rights and anti-oppression.


Associate Professor / Professor - Black Studies in Education Closing Date Extended to: 02/11/2021, 11:59PM EDT. Job Category: Faculty - Tenure Stream (continuing). Faculty/Division: Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Department of Social Justice Education, St. George Campus(Downtown Toronto. The Department of Social Justice Education (SJE) at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto invites applications for a full-time tenure stream position at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor with a specialization in Black Studies in Education. The appointment will commence on July 1, 2021 or shortly thereafter. An appropriately qualified individual may also be nominated for a proposed Tier 1 Canada Research Chair. Tier 1 Chairs are for outstanding established scholars.

Educational Content Developer - The Skies Above Turtle Island: An Indigenous Astronomy Digital Education Portal, Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics Closing Date: February 1, 2021. The Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics at the University of Toronto is hiring one Educational Content Developer to help in the creation of an Indigenous Astronomy education website. The work will be carried out in partnership with Dr. Hilding Neilson (Mi'kmaq), Assistant Professor at the David A. Dunlap Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics (DADDAA); Julie Bolduc-Duval, Executive Director at Discover the Universe; and Michael O’Shea, PhD Student at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) and co-founder of #popscope public astronomy. Under the direction of Dr. Hilding Neilson, the Educational Content Developer will help develop a dedicated webpage for Indigenous Astronomy Knowledge (IAK) education resources for Canadian teachers, which will be hosted on the website of Discover the Universe. The successful applicant should currently be enrolled full-time in a graduate program (e.g. Master’s, EdD, PhD) and have experience working with Indigenous Knowledges and education. Preference will be given to candidates who self-identify as Indigenous. Applicants are welcome from inside and outside the University of Toronto.

Summer Research Student, Indigenous Stream – Application due by February 28 Holland Bloorview’s Indigenous Summer Student Research program provides a unique interdisciplinary research experience. Indigenous undergrad students will have opportunities to work with their supervisor on a research project, attend our Lunch ‘n’ Learns and present their research at the annual Ward Summer Student Research Day. Up to three (3) positions are available. The program runs for 12 weeks from May 3, 2021 – July 23, 2021. 

The Department of Sociology at York University, Toronto is conducting an open rank (assistant, associate, or full professor) search for a position in Indigeneity and Decolonisation. Posting End Date: 7 March 2021. The Department of Sociology, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University invites highly qualified candidates to apply for a professorial stream tenure-track appointment in Indigeneity and Decolonisation at the Assistant, Associate or Full Professor level, to commence July 1, 2021. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval. Recognizing the underrepresentation of Indigenous faculty, this opportunity is part of the University’s Affirmative Action program that has been developed based on the special program provisions of the Ontario Human Rights Code. Sociology at York has a long tradition of critically informed, community-engaged and public sociological research and teaching driven by efforts to challenge social inequalities. We recognize that the strength of our program emanates from the diversity of our faculty and student body and we seek a candidate who can enhance our critical reach in the area of Indigeneity and Decolonisation.

Brandon University, Assistant Professor, Tenure-Track Position, Department of Native Studies, Faculty of Arts. Application deadline: March 12, 2021. Department of Native Studies invites applications for a probationary tenure-track position in one of the following Indigenous languages: Cree (n and/or th dialects), Dakota, Michif, or Ojibway. The essential qualification for this position is fluency (spoken and written) in one of these four Indigenous languages. Start date: August 1, 2021

Ryerson University Tenure Track Position in Indigenous Science - review of the applications will begin on March 15, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Located in downtown Toronto, the largest and most culturally diverse city in Canada and on the territory of the Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee and the Wendat Peoples, the Department of Chemistry and Biology in the Faculty of Science at Ryerson University invites applications for a full-time, tenure track position in Indigenous Science at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. The appointment shall be effective July 1, 2021, subject to final budgetary approval. All candidates with research and teaching expertise in Indigenous science scholarship will be considered. Candidates who are First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples, and Indigenous peoples of North America, are especially encouraged to apply.

Associate/Full Professor, Chair, Department of Family and Community Medicine - Closing Date: 04/26/2021, 11:59PM EDT. Applications are invited for the position of Chair of the Department of Family & Community Medicine in the Temerty Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. The successful candidate must be eligible for academic appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor. The appointment as Chair will be for a 5-year term effective October 1, 2021, renewable following a favourable review. For detailed information on the Department of Family & Community Medicine, visit www.dfcm.utoronto.ca.If you have questions about this position, contact Anastasia Meletopoulos, Academic Affairs Manager, Temerty Faculty of Medicine at anastasia.meletopoulos@utoronto.ca.


Indigenous Student Bursary – Now accepting applications. Available to all Indigenous students studying full-time and part-time at the undergraduate, graduate or professional level. Bursaries are based on financial need. Contact Coordinator of Academic Supports (julie.shepard@utoronto.ca) to discuss eligibility or to submit application.

Dr. Lillian McGregor Aboriginal Award of Excellence and the Marilyn Van Norman Aboriginal Student Leadership Award – Deadline February 1: To be awarded to Indigenous students studying full/part-time at the U of T on the basis of financial need and Ontario residency. Preference will be given to applicants who can demonstrate a contribution to the Indigenous community through volunteerism and involvement with First Nations House and/or an Indigenous Student Group at U of T (i.e. Native Students Association - NSA, Indigenous Studies Student Union - ISSU, Indigenous Education Network - IEN and/or Indigenous Law Students Association - ILSA).

The Edward and Dorothy Dawson Award – Deadline February 1: To be awarded to Indigenous Students with financial need. The value of the award is dependent on financial need, and preference is given to Indigenous students enrolled in any science related discipline.

Financial Support & Funding Opportunities

The Office of the Vice-Provost, Students and the School of Graduate Studies has created a comprehensive directory of financial supports available from both the university and levels of government for students during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Indigenous Students Bursary Fund: This emergency bursary is open to all full-time Indigenous candidates (First Nations, Inuit, or Métis, status or non-status) at OISE. Indigenous students in need of funds due to an emergency situation should write a letter outlining their emergency needs and send it to ien@utoronto.ca. Decisions will be made on an ongoing basis, as requests are received.

OISE Tuition and Financial Support

Indigenous Bursaries Search Tool


The Indigenous Education Network is a group of students, faculty and community members who share a common commitment to and passion for Indigenous Education and research. Founded in 1989, the IEN provides an Indigenous presence at OISE and seeks to establish a forum for ongoing and dynamic discussion, action and change. The IEN team consists of Faculty Co-Chair Dr. Jeffrey Ansloos, Faculty Co-Chair rosalind hampton, Student Co-Chair Kayla Webber, IEN Coordinator, Julie Blair and Indigenous Education Liaison, Lindsay DuPré.


To protect the health and safety of our community and the wider population, the Indigenous Education Network (IEN) office is physically closed to the public until further notice.  We are currently delivering all IEN programming online. IEN staff are working from home and we are available by phone or email, should you have questions or require support.

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Website: https://www.oise.utoronto.ca/ien/ 
Email: ien@utoronto.ca
Phone: (416) 978-0732 (leave a voicemail and we will return your call).


To submit your online event, workshop, information or job posting for inclusion in the IEN’s newsletter, email ien@utoronto.ca before noon on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Include a short description of the event/resource, date, time, contact information, and registration information (links to online content preferred).