Events Overview


Indigenizing Education

Indigenous Voices event with Marie Battiste
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM


This session invites participants to engage more fully what Indigenization means, its discourses, and its current form as a result of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Declaration of Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and calls for adherence to more self-determining and collective benefit. The session will open with a presentation by the facilitator, and then there will be an opportunity for group discussions around what informs the concept of indigenization within the academy, what mechanisms in the university can encourage and foster appropriate indigenization processes, what strategies and discourses have pursued perceived student deficiencies rather than systemic deficiencies, and then share our success stories, understandings, aspirations, and guiding visions for the future.


About the facilitator

Dr. Marie Battiste, Mi'kmaq educator, presenter and facilitator, is professor in the College of Education in the Department of Educational Foundations and nationally known for her work in leading and facilitating Aboriginal education. Author of Decolonizing Education: Nourishing the Learning Spirit, co-author of Protecting Indigenous Knowledge: A Global Challenge and editor of Reclaiming Indigenous Voice and Vision and First Nations Education in Canada: The Circle Unfolds, she has been a speaker nationally and internationally on decolonizing education. She currently heads a research hub at the University of Saskatchewan funded by SSHRC, a national project called the Canadian Prevention Science Cluster, aimed at identifying evidence-based research for school-based violence prevention programs.



Anti-Oppressive Education

Indigenous Voices event with Sheelah McLean
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM


This session will draw from anti-racist anti-oppressive theories in order to build transformative educational praxis. Through presentation, examples, and discussion, participants will explore how to apply anti-racist anti-oppressive theory to their everyday lives as educators and community members.

Ceremony and Story

Indigenous Voices event with Tyrone Tootoosis
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM


This gathering provides an opportunity for participants to receive cultural teachings related to ceremony and story from an Elder or Knowledge keeper. Protocols around the telling and sharing of stories will also be shared. Participants will depart this gathering with the tools to continue developing relationships and learning with Elders and Knowledge keepers.

Foundations of Transformative Pedagogy

Indigenous Voices event with Karla Williamson
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM


In this gathering, participants will be engaged in learning activities focused on the assumptions and qualities of transformative pedagogies for teaching, learning and living. In particular, this session will focus on decolonizing and Indigenous pedagogies that honour and engage multiple ways of knowing. Participants will depart this gathering having identified potential sites for transformative practice and with an understanding of the skills and attributes to effectively engage in transformative pedagogies (e.g., curriculum integration, relationship-building, risk-taking, etc.).