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Symposium on the Importance of Indigenous Education in Ontario Classrooms

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University of Toronto Mississauga

Instructional Centre (IB building)

3359 Mississauga Road

Mississauga, ON L5L 1C6


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Symposium on The Importance of Indigenous Education in Ontario Classrooms


University of Toronto Mississauga, Instructional Building (IB)

The symposium on “The Importance of Indigenous Education in Ontario Classrooms” engages different stakeholders in public education to discuss the integration of Indigenous content and methodologies into the current Ontario educational curriculum. The symposium will bring together the University of Toronto faculty and students with TRC experts (Senator Sinclair, Justice LaForme), the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation community, secondary school and adult education teachers, and scholars in Indigenous pedagogy and research. This symposium is hosted by the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation (MNCFN). The Band council of the MNCFN initiated this event in response to the Ontario Provincial Government’s cancelation of the writing sessions to develop Indigenous curriculum in Ontario schools.


You can find all the information about the symposium at

Daytime events are SOLD OUT but you can email to go on a waiting list

THERE ARE STILL TICKETS FOR THE EVENING EVENT! registration for the evening keynote address by SENATOR MURRAY SINCLAIR (former Chair of the TRC Commission) IS STILL OPEN!


Click on the evening time and then choose your tickets:

  • $10.00 for Students

  • $20.00 for Professionals

  • free for all members of the Mississauga Nations

**Please bring your printed tickets to the event for admission.

Symposium's Agenda

Sunrise (730am) - Sacred Fire-lit Ceremony by the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation

900-1000am Registration & Continental Breakfast will be served in IB Atrium

10-1030am Drumming Call and Welcome by Chief Stacey LaForme, Elder Garry Sault, Jordan Jamieson

1030-1130am TRC Panel Discussion: Four Writers for Students for the Future

1130am-1230am Keynote address by Justice Harry LaForme, Ontario Court of Appeal

1230-115pm Lunch will be provided in the IB Atrium

115-215pm Break-out sessions*

215-230pm Coffee Break

230-330pm Break-out sessions*

330-430pm Student Panel Discussion on the Importance of the Indigenous Curriculum for Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Students. What it means to be an Ojibwe/Anishinaabe cultural member in public education.

Break-out Session topics

  • Seven Interconnected Steps Research Design: An Indigenous land-based methodolog (Dr. Andrew Judge, Conestoga College)

  • Bringing Cultural Teachings through the Classroom. (Valarie King, MCFN Knowledge holder)

  • English for Academic Purposes, Culture Shock, and the potentiality of healing through Sustainability & Indigenousity (Shaune Rice, PhD candidate, Guidance Councellor, Long Point First Nation)

  • From Birchbark Scrolls to Origin Stories to Indigenous Oral Histories (Philip Cote, Artist, Activist & Young Elder, Tecunseh Collective)

  • First Nations with Schools Collective: Indigenous Scholarship and Building Capacity locally to lead in First Nation Education Transformation (Dr. Leslee White-Eye & Dr. Brent Debassige, Western University)

  • Resources for an Indigenous Curriculum: Indigenous Educational Network Database (Desmond Wong, Outreach Librarian, OISE)

  • Indigenous Perspectives: Towards Respectful Relations & Responsibilities in Teacher Education (Dr. Sandra Styres & Ryan Neepin, Indigenous Educational Network, OISE)

  • Practical Applications of Indigenous Knowledge in Classrooms (Bryan Bellefeuille & Laura Mayer, Nipissing First Nation)

  • Indigenous Curriculum in Post-Secondary Institutions (Dr. Jennifer Adese & Dr. Robin Gray, University of Toronto Mississauga)


7-8pm KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY SENATOR MURRAY SINCLAIR (former Chair of the TRC Commission)

8-830 Q&A with Senator Sinclair

830-9pm Closing ceremony


Looking for Hotel Accommodations?

The Symposium has blocked rooms at the Toronto Airport Marriot Hotel (901 Dixon Road, Etobicoke) for $139.00 per night (& tax and parking) from December 6-8th. Reservations must be made by TUESDAY NOVEMBER 13th. Call the hotel directly to at (416) 674-9400 or click on the link below to book your room under "INDIGENOUS EDUCATION".

Marriott hotel(s) offering your special group rate:

  • Toronto Airport Marriott Hotel for 139.00 CAD per night

Book your group rate for Indigenous Education Room Block

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

There are no minimum age requirements for the event. All students are welcome.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Please refer to this link on the University of Toronto Mississauga website for directions and parking options. You will also find a campus map here.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

If you have any questions, please email Sherry Fukuzawa at, or Veronica King-Jamieson at

What's the refund policy?

There is no refund for tickets that have been purchased, but you are welcome to give your ticket to someone else. The tickets are transferrable.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Yes, please bring your printed ticket to the event. There will be a registration table.

Find out more about The Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation at


University of Toronto Mississauga

Instructional Centre (IB building)

3359 Mississauga Road

Mississauga, ON L5L 1C6


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Refund Policy

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