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Indigenous Education

Ozaawaa Babigoyaan Giizhigad (Orange Shirt Day)

To commemorate Ozaawaa Babigoyaan Giizhigad (Orange Shirt Day), TMU community members are invited to attend a number of events taking place on campus on Friday, September 29. In addition, lights along Gould and Victoria Street will be turned orange the week leading up to Orange Shirt Day.

We encourage you to wear orange to show your support, reflect and to honour survivors of residential schools. This is an opportunity to set the stage and draw awareness to anti-racism and anti-bullying initiatives, as a collective.

Indigenous Education Resources

We hope you will explore these videos, podcasts, and links to further your own learning and to celebrate Indigenous knowledges and scholarship. 

For a list of books and films available to the university community, the Library has compiled a page of additional resources.

Scixchange Indigenous Outreach

SciXchange Indigenous Outreach

  • Initiatives
    • Stoodis Science: The first Indigenous outrwach opportunity created by SciXchange. 
    • The Neuroscience Edition: This workshop taught children about the different sections of the brain and its power.
    • Making a Traditional Salve & its Impact on the Brain: The adult workshop taught participants how to make a salve (a healing balm or cream applied to the skin made of a beeswax or oil base) and its connection to the brain. 
    • Hide Tanning for Science Literacy Week: The Hide Tanning event showcased Indigenous science at Toronto Metropolitan University in a way never seen before! 
  • Indigenous Scientist Chats
  • Stoodis Science Virtual Hide Camp
Elder Joanne Dallaire

Toronto Metropolitan University Aboriginal Student Services

▶︁ Watch Elder Joanne Dallaire's Teachings Part 1 (1:55:47)

▶︁ Watch Elder Joanne Dallaire's Teachings Part 2 (46:40)


Lynn Lavallée

Faculty of Community Services

▶︁ Watch Indigenous Resurgence through Relations (1:17:59)

 Read International Indigenous Intellectual Speaker Series

▶︁ Watch Climate Change and Indigenous Sovereignty (3:01:41)

▶︁ Watch Climate Change and Indigenous Sovereignty (54:19)

Lenny Carpenter

The Creative School 

▶︁ Watch Beyond Missing and Murdered women: Covering Indigenous Communities (1:31:41)

2023 National Indigenous People Day

On June 21, 2023, the TMU community packed the Student Learning Centre 8th floor to celebrate Indigenous history and culture for National Indigenous Peoples Day. 

Toronto Metropolitan University Indigenous Week

June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day, a day for all Canadians to both recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. Every nation and community, as well as each individual connected to them, have their own complex histories and unique stories that challenge the misconception of a monolithic Indigenous identity. 

This day also presents an opportunity to reflect and reaffirm your commitment to actively participate in truth and reconciliation every day.

Toronto Metropolitan University Indigenous Week

Orange Shirt Day: Taking up the TRC Calls to Action in our Teaching

Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

For the past four years, students, staff and faculty have observed Orange Shirt Day to provide space for conversations on the impact of residential schools and the legacy they have left behind, including the legacy of the university’s namesake, Egerton Toronto Metropolitan University. The recent release of the Standing Strong Task Force Report and Recommendations have made it clear that we all share responsibility to learn and confront both the historical truth of residential schools and the deep colonial legacy that pervades systems of education and knowledge production more widely. In this session, facilitators from the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching and the Library will share resources that educators at X University can use to create learning opportunities related to the TRC Calls to Action for students across all faculties and disciplines.

Facilitated by

  • Curtis Maloley, Educational Developer, Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching
  • Michelle Schwartz, Educational Developer, Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching
  • Nada Savicevic, Educational Developer, Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching
  • Karyn Olsen, Educational Developer, Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching
  • Sara Mazrouei, Educational Developer, Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching
  • Trina Grover, Librarian, RULA
  • Olivia Wong, Special Collections Curatorial Specialist, RULA
  • Rosalynn MacKenzie, Archival Technician, RULA
Generous Futures: Indigenous Perspectives Decolonizing

Generous Futures: Indigenous Perspectives Decolonizing

Wednesday, June 23, 2021 from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM 

Presented by Toronto Metropolitan University Alumni 

What does giving look like from an Indigenous lens? How do colonial ways of giving continue to harm and exclude Indigenous peoples? This discussion will address how the charitable sector needs to reconcile with its “saviour complex” in order to move forward. Our panelists will wade through what needs to shift in order to respectfully engage and build reciprocal relationships with Indigenous peoples when exploring the future of giving and sharing on Turtle Island.

Moderated by: Damien Lee, Assistant Professor & Canada Research Chair in Biskaabiiyang and Indigenous Political Resurgence, Toronto Metropolitan University


  • Sky Bridges, CEO, The Winnipeg Foundation
  • Kris Archie, CEO, Circle on Philanthropy
  • Robert Watts, Chair of the Board, The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund

This page was compiled by the 2021 National Indigenous Peoples Day organizing committee, organized by Aboriginal Student Services (as part of Aboriginal Initiatives in the Office of the Vice-President, Equity and Community Inclusion) in partnership with the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, Library, School of Early Childhood Studies, School of Midwifery and Human Resources. This page is updated regularly, check back often.

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