FIrst Nations House is your gateway to the Indigenous community on campus. Join us for Indigenous Education Week each year, or connect with an Indigenous student group.
Indigenous Education Week
Indigenous Education Week is an annual week-long series of events that highlights the contributions Indigenous knowledge has made to education. It’s a chance for students, staff, faculty and the community to participate in and learn about diverse Indigenous cultures, both local and global.
Events include roundtable discussions, craft workshops, film screenings, teachings and cultural exchange.
The next Indigenous Education Week will be held from October 22nd to the 26th, 2018.
If you or your organization would like to help us to promote Indigenous Education Week, we would be happy to mail you the 2017 IEW posters when they are available. To request posters please fill out this form.
Indigenous Law Students’ Association
The Indigenous Law Students' Association at the Faculty of Law is an active circle of students from many different Indigenous cultures.
It provides social support for Indigenous law students, along with promoting awareness about indigenous issues and procuring funding for special professional and educational opportunities.
Native Students Association
The Native Students’ Association (NSA) is a student-run initiative whose mandate includes the following:
- The Native Students’ Association (NSA) is committed to the spiritual, physical, emotional and mental well-being of the Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, and Métis) student body.
- The NSA is committed to forging partnerships and community ties with non-Indigenous student organizations within the University of Toronto.
- The NSA recognizes the need to preserve and protect our Indigenous heritages and distinct cultures through the use of tradition, teachings, language and celebration.
What does the NSA do?
The NSA creates social and cultural networks of students through feasts, social gatherings, conferences and cultural events. The NSA also supports events run through other students’ organizations both in the University and in broader Canadian communities. Additionally, the NSA Council leaders are advocates on behalf of Indigenous issues in Canada.
Who can join?
Full or part-time students—either undergraduate or graduate—at the University of Toronto or one of its affiliated colleges or access programs.
Both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students are welcome to join. All members have voting privileges.
NSA elected Council of Clan leaders for 2017-2018
NSA governance operates through an Anishinaabe Clan council system. While members may come from other family clans or other systems of governance, elected Council members are mandated to fulfill responsibilities associated with the Clan that they are representing on behalf of NSA.
- Crane Clan Leader: Audrey Rochette
- Loon Clan Leader & CFO: Dhanela Sivaparan
- Fish Clan Leader: Justin Riemens
- Bear Clan Leader: Roy Strebel
- Bird Clan Leader: Amasena Delormier
- Hoof Clan Leader, In-Training: Sherri-Lynn Urechko
- Marten Clan Leader: Hannah Palozzi
If you have questions, ideas or a desire to get involved, contact the NSA at 416-978-1042 or at email@example.com or drop by First Nations House.
Visit the Native Students Association Facebook page for pictures and event listings.
The Indigenous Education Network (IEN)
The IEN is a self-determining Indigenous student association within OISE/UT (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education).
The IEN provides an Indigenous presence at OISE/UT and a forum for discussion and action on issues relating to Indigenous education and research.
It supports students and their study interests in Indigenous education, promotes Indigenous education, advances education research on Indigenous issues, and actively encourages the development of Indigenous curriculum and research.
To learn more, contact them at 416-978-0732.
Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement
Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (SAGE) is a peer-based cross-university educational initiative that builds community networks, provides ongoing support and increases the number of Doctoral and Masters credentialed First Nations, Métis, Inuit and Indigenous scholars across Ontario.