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Community Consultation Timeline

June 2015: Federal Truth and Reconciliation Committee releases final report on history and legacy of Canada’s residential school system for Aboriginal children.

October 2015: Toronto Met holds two events to initiate discussion on the Federal Truth and Reconciliation Committee (TRC) report and to begin answering how Toronto Met can collectively work towards the implementation of the TRC Calls to Action.

  • Public forum, entitled “Truth and Reconciliation Implementation.”

  • Soup & Substance Public Lunch and Learn Session entitled “The TRC Report – What Does It Mean for Toronto Met?”

November 2015: President and former Provost, Mohamed Lachemi, launches community-wide consultation on the response, led by Denise O’Neil Green and Joanne Dallaire

January 2016: Toronto Met School of Journalism’s Joyce Smith announces new online course, Reporting on Indigenous Issues, to be offered beginning in Fall 2017. Course curriculum is created in consultation with Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) and Duncan McCue.

Winter 2016 semester: Master’s students at the School of Journalism embarked on a digital reporting project inspired by the TRC Calls to Action. For Masters of Journalism Digital Journalism course, Asmaa Malik partnered with Journalists for Human Rights and their Indigenous Reporting program, for the 2016 graduate digital-journalism class project This Is a Canadian Issue.

March 2016: TRC Consultations initiated with a Dine and Discourse interactive public lecture and lunch led by the Aboriginal Education Council and the Office of Equity and Community Inclusion

April 4, 2016: Student-led TRC meeting takes place.

May 2016: The Learning and Teaching Office Toronto Met Faculty Conference keynote address is delivered by the Honourable Murray Sinclair. Entitled, “Canada’s Residential Schools: The Story We Must All Know,” it challenges all Toronto Met community members to make a commitment to Toronto Met, their community, or their family to do something that will contribute to making the future better for all the Indigenous Peoples of our country.

May 2, 2016: Aboriginal Student Consultation takes place.

June 7, 2016: TRC Consultation with Affinity Groups, Audience: Aboriginal Groups (RASS, CUPE Instructors and Aboriginal Education Council).

September 2016: The Toronto Met School of Journalism appoints Duncan McCue, reporter for CBC’s the National, as Rogers Visiting Journalist. He will work with instructors in the school to develop new approaches and educational strategies for reporting Indigenous stories and issues, culminating in new curriculum for students.

October 2016:

  • October 4, 2016: Aboriginal Consultation, Audience: Toronto Met Aboriginal Community  students, staff and faculty

  • October 5, 2016, Morning: Aboriginal Consultation, Audience: Toronto Met Aboriginal Community students, staff and faculty

  • October 5, 2016, Afternoon: Open Consultation, Audience: Toronto Met Community  students, staff and faculty

  • October 11, 2016: Open Toronto Met Community Consultation, Audience: Toronto Met Community students, staff and faculty

  • October 17, 2016: Consultation with Aboriginal Community Agencies

October 31, 2016:  Social Justice Week, organized by the CAW-Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy, is dedicated to Indigenous Sovereignty and Solidarity,  includes TRC - Annual Check-In panel.

November 28, 2016:
TRC Consults with the ECI Campus-wide Steering and Implementation Committee

Winter 2017: First-year graduate students produced a special site called Indigenous Land, Urban Stories, external link featuring interactive projects about urban Indigenous life covering topics such as cultural appropriation, the role of Christianity in spiritual life and reclaiming the names of Toronto places. The site, a partnership with Journalists for Human Rights, was launched in June during National Aboriginal History Month.  

February 2017:

  • February 13, 2017: Consultation with First Nations Technical Institute

  • Meeting with members of Indigenous Students Rising takes place

March 2017 - September 2017: Course projects, documents, transcripts and notes from  talking circles, community consultations, and recorded events are compiled and work begins on the writing of the TRC Consultation Summary Report.

October 2017:

  • Social Justice Week, organized by the CAW-Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy, is dedicated to Indigenous Sovereignty and Solidarity. It includes panel discussions, a rally, a march and sharing circles.

  • Annual TRC Check-In during Social Justice Week has been included as a permanent annual feature in the program lineup. The Check-In will provide an update on the progress of the commitments made in the prior year on implementing the various Toronto Met TRC initiatives.

  • Meeting with members of the Indigenous Students Association, Continuing Education Student Association of Toronto Met and Toronto Met Students Union

November 2017 - December 2017: A summary of the community-wide consultations is finalized.

January 26, 2018: Toronto Met’s Community Consultation Summary Report is released.