Join us for our annual Indigenous Education Week taking place January 22 - 27, 2017.  All events are free and open to the public!  You can also join the conversation on Twitter at #UofTIEW2017

Presented in partnership with: Indigenous Studies Students' Union, Hart House, Toronto and York Region Métis Council, Infinite Reach Network, S.A.G.E., Multifaith Centre and Indigenous Education Network.

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January 22 Digging Roots
January 23 Indigenous Studies Students’ Union Open House
January 24 Artist talk and film screening
January 25 Self-care workshop, artists discussion and tobacco teaching
January 26 Elder teaching and poetry reading
January 27 Book reading and closing reception

January 22

Digging Roots

Sunday, January 22 

3 - 4:30 p.m. at Hart House Great Hall

Hart House and CIUT are pleased to support Indigenous Education Week at U of T with an unforgettable concert performance by Juno Award winners Digging Roots; followed by an artist talk/Q&A led by Jamaias Da Costa, host and producer of CIUT’s Indigenous Waves.

January 23

Indigenous Studies Students’ Union – Open House – Office Opening

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the Turtle Lounge, Centre for Indigenous Studies, 563 Spadina Ave. 3rd floor

Lunch will be served. 

January 24

Here on Future Earth: An artists talk with Joi T. Arcand

2:00 pm in the Main Activity Hall, Multi Faith Centre

Joi T. Arcand is a photo-based artist from Muskeg Lake Cree Nation, Saskatchewan currently living in Ottawa, Ontario. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 2005, and has exhibited across Canada, the United States and Europe. In 2006, along with Felicia Gay, she co-founded the The Red Shift Gallery, a contemporary Indigenous art gallery in Saskatoon. In 2012, she combined her love of art, design and publishing to create kimiwan ‘zine, a magazine for Indigenous artists and writers.

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Storying Together: Screening of Weaving the Sash and sharing circle

6:30 - 9 p.m. in the East Common Room, Hart House

This event will feature a screening of Weaving the Sash, a short film about urban Métis youth connecting to identity and community through culture and tradition, digital stories from Metis community members, and an in-person sharing circle facilitated by Métis student, Elise St. Germain and settler-Canadian student, Gabriele Simmons.

January 25

Mind, Body, Spirit: Healing from the inside out

A self-care workshop with opening from Elder Ernie Sandy

12:00 p.m. in the Turtle Lounge, Centre for Indigenous Studies, 563 Spadina Ave.

Facilitated by Bonnie Jane Maracle, Learning Strategist

Presented by Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement

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From Basra to Standing Rock: Decolonial love, hip hop and solidarity.

Discussion with Quese Imc and Yassin "Narcy" Alsalman

2:00 p.m. in the Debates room at Hart House

Moderated by Dr. Audrey Hudson. Opening by Brianna Briskool Olson.

Quese IMC is an Indigenous hiphop artist and cultural activist from the Pawnee and Seminole Nation. As an advocate for Indigenous, social and environmental change, he has worked many years with the people and for spiritual change and balance in the world. Quese IMC is a water protector of Standing Rock whom established the Pawnee Camp within Oceti Sakowin in solidarity for the sacred water, the Missouri River. 

Narcy, formerly known as the Narcicyst, is a musician, actor, professor and multi-media artist based out of Montreal, Canada. Being a pioneer of the Arab Hip-Hop movement through is Iraqi trio Euphrates in the early 2000s, Yassin Alsalman, was a seminal member of a growing voice in the public sphere. Currently teaching one of Canada's only Hip-Hop courses at Concordia University in Montreal, Narcy ethos has been to blend performance with education, media with literacy and creativity with cultural heritage. As a film enthusiast, he recently starred and directed a short film for Indigenous Supergroup A Tribe Called Red, sharing the screen with yasiin bey, formerly known as Mos Def. 

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Tobacco teaching with traditional Ojibwe teacher/kokomis Jacqui Lavalley

5:00 p.m. in the Peace Lounge, 7th floor, OISE

Presented by the Indigenous Education Network. More information on the OISE website.

January 26

The Seven Cries of Cree Young People: The intergenerational impact of St. Anne's Residential School on survivors

A teaching with Elder Andrew Wesley

11:00 am in the First Nations House Lounge.

Clearing a Parth: Poetry for a unified future

Readings and discussion with Gwen Benaway, Lee Maracle and Gregory Scofield

2:00 pm in the Debates Room at Hart House.

Gwen Benaway is of Anishinaabe and Métis descent. Her first collection of poetry, Ceremonies for the Dead, was published in 2013 and her second collection of poetry, Passage, is was published by Kegedonce Press in 2016. As emerging Two-Spirited Trans poet, she has been described as the spiritual love child of Tomson Highway and Anne Sexton. In 2015, she was the recipient of the inaugural Speaker’s Award for a Young Author and in 2016 she received a Dayne Ogilvie Honour of Distinction for Emerging Queer Authors from the Writer's Trust of Canada. Her work has been published and anthologized internationally. 

Lee Maracle is a member of the Sto:Lo nation. She was born in Vancouver and grew up on the North Shore. She is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Ravensong, Daughters Are Forever, and Celia’s Song. Her novel for young adults, Will’s Garden was well-received and is taught in schools. She has also published the books of poetry, Bent Box and Talking to the Diaspora as well as works of creative non-fiction, I Am Woman and Memory Serves. Her work has been published in anthologies and scholarly journals worldwide. In 2009, Maracle received an Honorary Doctor of Letters from St. Thomas University. Maracle recently received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work promoting writing among Aboriginal Youth, and is 2014 finalist for the Ontario Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.

Gregory Scofield is Red River Metis of Cree, Scottish and European descent whose ancestry can be traced to the fur trade and to the Metis community of Kinesota, Manitoba. He currently holds the position of Assistant Professor in English at Laurentian University where he teaches Creative Writing, and previously served as writer-in-residence at the University of Manitoba, University of Winnipeg and Memorial University. Scofield won the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize in 1994 for his debut collection, The Gathering: Stones for the Medicine Wheel. In addition to several volumes of poetry, Scofield is the author of the memoir, Thunder Through My Veins, and his latest collection of poetry is Witness, I Am (2016). In 2016, The Writers' Trust of Canada awarded Scofield with the Latner Writers' Trust Poetry Prize. 

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January 27

Beyond the Break

Reading by Katherena Vermette

11 a.m. in the First Nations House Lounge. 

Moderated by Jamaias Da Costa. This event is followed by a closing reception. 

Katherena Vermette is a Métis writer from Treaty One territory, the heart of the Métis nation, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Her first book, North End Love Songs (The Muses Company) won the 2013 Governor General Literary Award for Poetry. Her literary work has appeared in regional and national magazines and anthologies. Her short documentary, this river (National Film Board of Canada) and novel, The Break (House of Anansi) were both released in fall 2016.

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