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A Good Path to Indigenizing Learning

On Friday, November 1st, 2019 Pickering College will be co-hosting a special professional development session with the international organization Facing History and Ourselves, and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

A Good Path to Indigenizing Learning: Planting Seeds of Possibility

This conference invites participants to experience and explore approaches, pedagogical practices and inspiring examples for the Indigenization of student learning and educational spaces.

Throughout the day, you will gain insights and learn about resources from: 

  • Traditional Knowledge Keeper and Anishinaabe Cultural Consultant Kim Wheatley (Shawanaga First Nation);
  • Jasmine Wong, Senior Program Associate for Facing History and Ourselves; 
  • Lorrie Gallant (Haudenosaunee Cayuga Nation, Six Nations of the Grand River), storyteller, artist, educator and former Woodland Cultural Centre Education Program Coordinator;
  • Indigenous Education Officers at the Art Gallery of Ontario; and
  • faculty at Pickering College. 

Join us to further the possibilities for Indigenous cultural inclusion, content integration and reconciliation in your practice, and at your school.

During the educator conference, educators will:

  1. Begin and end the day grounded in traditional Anishinaabe protocols with knowledge keeper Kim Wheatley, Shkoden Neegan waawaaskonen (Shawanaga First Nation)
  2. Learn about and participate in a smudge ceremony (optional) and territorial acknowledgements
  3. Explore what Indigenizing classrooms, schools and systems might include and how it can be pursued respectfully
  4. Take part in a private Decolonizing and Indigenizing learning tour of the McLean Centre for Indigenous and Canadian Art with the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Indigenous Education Officer
  5. Gain whole school and subject specific strategies for weaving Indigenous learning into curricular and co-curricular learning
  6. Share with other educators best practices for indigenizing and decolonizing school spaces.

This conference is perfect for teachers and administrators who are looking to explore ideas and opportunities for their classrooms and schools. All are welcome!

Pickering College has worked with Facing History and Ourselves for many years, and we have enjoyed their training and assistance in curriculum development. We hope to have a day of sharing and learning about best practices and reconciliation.

Location: The conference will be held at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Date: Friday, November 1st, 2019

Time: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Please arrive at 9:00 am for a light breakfast and registration.

Cost:  The cost of the day, including breakfast & lunch is $200.00 Early bird registration: until October 14th is $180.00


Note: Enter through the main doors of the AGO and registration and breakfast will be on the lower level, at the Weston Family Learning Centre. We will have people there to guide you.