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  • Creating Connections with Indigenous Perspectives in Education

    Creating Connections with Indigenous Perspectives in Education: A panel discussion on Indigenous pedagogy

    Date and location:

    March 1, 2019 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
    University Pavilion, Room 1501 (Located near the Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre)
    To reserve your spot at the event, please email



    Hosted by: Indigenous Education and Cultural Services, the Teaching and Learning Centre, and the President’s Indigenous Reconciliation Taskforce

    This panel event will introduce faculty to the ways that they can incorporate Indigenous pedagogy into their courses. It will teach them how to engage with Indigenous communities in their work, thus promoting reconciliation and awareness amongst their students.


    Our Panel:

    Bernard Leroux Bio

    Bernard is an educational developer with a specialization in Indigenous learning, an active leader in the Métis community of Ontario since 2003, the founding Vice President of the Métis Artists’ Collective in Toronto and the founding President of the Oshawa and Durham Region Métis Council. Bernard currently teaches several courses across the Advanced Film Production department at Durham College in the School of Media Art and Design where he has also been involved in developing course curriculum in both digital film and photography. He is an award-winning Métis/Anishinaabe documentary and commercial filmmaker, photographer and art practitioner. 

    Dr. Joey-Lynn Wabie Bio:

    Dr. Joey-Lynn Wabie is recognized by the Creator first through her Anishinaabe name: ziigwankwe, which loosely translates into Spring Woman. She is an assistant professor in the School of Indigenous Relations at Laurentian University in Atikameksheng Anishnabek territory: Sudbury, Ontario. She is also the Academic Director of Indigenous Initiatives at YouthREX, a provincial organization focused on research, evaluation and exchange with youth. Dr. Wabie has worked with Indigenous youth through social service agencies, grassroots initiatives, and other volunteer work. 

    Mitchell Huguenin

    Mitch Huguenin is the Indigenous Pedagogy Designer at the Centre for Teaching and Learning at Trent University. In his previous role at Trent he served as the Transitions and Indigenous Mentorship Coordinator at the First Peoples House of Learning. Mitch is also a part-time faculty member at Durham College, where he designs courses that emphasize Indigenous perspectives and ways of knowing. A central focus of his current work is to develop inclusive, values-based educational approaches that promote reconciliation. 

    Nancy Hamer Strahl

    Nancy has been teaching history and Indigenous studies for over 30 years as a secondary school teacher. Recently, she was the Indigenous Studies Facilitator at the Durham District School Board, working with educators and staff in leading various workshops on how to Indigenize their programs and school culture. She was the recipient of the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation for her work with veterans, and she was awarded the 2008 Governor General's Award for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History. Her focus is on breaking barriers and building bridges between educators and the Indigenous community.

    Cat Criger

    Cat Criger is an Indigenous Elder, traditional teacher and mentor who has worked throughout North America and Europe. He is a Cayuga (Guyohkohnyoh), Turtle Clan of the Six Nations Haudenosaunee or People of the Longhouse. He has worked many years under the guidance of an Aniishnawbe Elder and other First Nations Elders, learning to do traditional ceremonies, teachings, circles, one to one work, and to help all people to "walk in a good way" through life. He was a recent recipient of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee medal for his work speaking to diversity, equity, respect for women, anti-racism and anti-oppression. He is presently an Indigenous Advisor at the University of Toronto Mississauga Campus.
  • RISE: First Peoples

    In partnership with Student Engagement and Equity, Indigenous Education and Cultural Services is hosting First Peoples, a workshop under the RISE: Respecting Individuals and Supporting Equity workshop series.

    Participants of First Peoples will be introduced to the history of Indigenous peoples in Canada, and engage in interactive activities addressing the negative impact colonization had and continues to have on Indigenous peoples today.

    • Wednesday, Febraury 27 from noon to 2 p.m. at J125
    • Monday, March 18 from noon to 2 p.m. at UBISC 


    Register on the Student Life PortalPlease email with any questions.

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