About the IEC
The Indigenous Education Council (formerly the Aboriginal Education Council) at Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU) was launched on October 6, 2010 at a community celebration. At the event, the university presented a statement acknowledging the connection between Egerton Ryerson (the university’s former namesake) and Indian Residential Schools.
The University recognizes Treaty 13 and acknowledges the Dish with One Spoon while supporting Indigenous students’ post-secondary education.
The Indigenous Education Council (IEC) serves as an advisory council, with input into, and impact on, Indigenous programming and education at TMU. While grounded in existing structures, the Council represents a departure from standard models at TMU, so that it can include Indigenous knowledges and values in its operations.
The council provides guidance and direction for embedding Indigenous knowledges and other content across the University by providing supports for educational departments in curriculum development and program review, staff and faculty recruitment, as well as research support. The IEC promotes Indigenous leadership and engagement in decision-making that involves all areas of Indigenous education throughout TMU, while enhancing and expanding current activities and partnerships within the University and the Indigenous community in Toronto and developing further connections between the two. Creating a model that other universities can adapt in their endeavours to support Indigenous Peoples within their institutions.
The Indigenous Education Council (IEC) membership is primarily comprised of Indigenous students, faculty and staff representatives from Toronto Metropolitan University from departments across campus, which include: Indigenous Student Services and the Office of Indigenous Initiatives as part of the Office of the Vice-President, Equity and Community Inclusion; the School of Social Work and Human Resources.
The Council also includes members and partners from key areas on campus including the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, Student Affairs (SA), Admissions and Recruitment. There are also external partners in Toronto's Indigenous community from the First Nations Technical Institute (FNTI), the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), Toronto York Region Metis Council (TYRMC) and other community organizations.
Joanne (Okimawininew) Dallaire | Elder (Ke Shay Hayo) and Senior Advisor, Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation
- Monica McKay | Director, Office of Indigenous Initiatives
- Tracey King Miigis Qwe (Little Shell Woman) | Indigenous Human Resources Lead
- Allison Urowitz | Executive Director, Advancement
- Amy Desjarlais | Lead, Rebirthed Teachings , Office of Indigenous Initiatives
- Christa Hinds | PhD, CHRL, Manager, Human Resources Strategic Partnerships, HR Strategic Partnerships & Labour Relations
- Dr. Cyndy Baskin | Professor, Associate Director Undergrad, School of Social Work
- Curtis Maloley | Educational Developer, Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching
- Dr. Pamela Palmater | Professor, Chair in Indigenous Governance, Department of Politics & Public Administration
- Shane Young | Assistant Professor, School of Social Work and Interim Academic Coordinator, Certificate in Indigenous Knowledges and Experiences
- Natasha Gleeson | Student Success Teacher at the Urban Indigenous Education Centre, TDSB
- Evan Accettola | Student, Sociology/Criminology | Infinite Reach Facilitator - Métis Nation of Ontario
- Karina Brant | Student, School of Social Work (BSW)
- James McKay | Manager, Talent Acquisition and Immigration Support Services, Human Resources
- Roberta Iannacito-Provenzano | Interim Provost and Vice-President, Academic
- Scott Sunday | Indigenous Program Coordinator, Human Resources
- Tony Conte | Interim Executive Director, Office of the Provost and Vice-President, Academic
- Micheal Mihalcz | Indigenous Advisor, Office of the Dean, TRSM | Assistant Professor, Entrepreneurship and Strategy
- Caleb Wesley | Coordinator Indigenous Knowledge & Science Outreach, Faculty of Science
- Tanya (Toni) De Mello | Vice-President, Equity and Community Inclusion
- Scott Franks | Acting Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law
- Ahmed Ahmed | Interim Executive Director, Office of the Vice-President, Equity and Community Inclusion
- Baileigh Peacock | Student, School of Social Work (BSW)
- Cher Trudeau | Administrative Coordinator, Indigenous Education Council
- Robin Parr | Registrar
- Samantha Williams Barrantes | Indigenous Led Programs Coordinator, Indigenous Foodways initiative at TMU Urban Farm
|2018||Alanis Obomsawin | Filmmaker, artist and activist|
|2017||Cindy Blackstock | Activist and Executive Director, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society|
|2013||Honorable Justice Murray Sinclair | Canadian Senator, First Nations lawyer and Chairman of the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission|
|2012||Shawn Atleo | Former National Chief, Assembly of First Nations (2009 to 2014)|
|2005||Honorable James K. Bartleman | Lieutenant Governor of Ontario|
Visit the TMU Honorary Doctorate page for a full list of the notable Canadians who have received an honorary degree from Toronto Metropolitan University.