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May 22 - August 30, 2024

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Indigenous Students Pathways Symposium


Indigenous Students Pathways Symposium

Honouring Indigenous Knowledges: 
Creating Pathways Through Art and Design Education

A one-day symposium hosted by OCAD University

9:15 am - 7:00 pm

100 McCaul St, Room 190 (main auditorium)
Toronto, Ontario

With a special film-screening of Fire Song (directed by Adam Garnet Jones) on Friday, February 7th.


OCAD University invites you to join us for the one-day symposium Honouring Indigenous Knowledges: Creating Pathways Through Art and Design Education. The symposium is a presentation of research, relationships and knowledge gained from a two-year project funded by the Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer (ONCAT), the goals of which are to enhance the access and mobility of Indigenous learners into art and design post-secondary education. The project proved to be a rich and enlightening learning experience for the OCAD U community as Indigenous educators, Elders and community members generously shared their wisdom and insights.

The symposium will be held on Saturday, February 8, 2020, a day of learning, sharing and celebrating our insights with each other. It will open the evening before with a special screening of the film Fire Song, written and directed by two-spirit Cree/Métis/Danish filmmaker Adam Garnet Jones, who will be in attendance for discussion after the screening.

Attendance, including breakfast, lunch and a celebratory feast, are free! Please register to participate in the complimentary meals.


Friday, February 7th: Film screening

Screening of Fire Song, by Cree/Métis/Danish filmmaker Adam Garnet Jones, with Q&A to follow

Saturday, February 8th: Symposium

9:15am - 10:00am     
Meet & Greet, with breakfast

10:00am - 10:30am    
Remarks from Dr. Caroline Langill, Vice-President, Academic and Provost, OCAD U
Opening and Land Acknowledgement by Elder Ralph Johnson

10:30am - 12:00pm    
Keynote Performance by Unity women’s hand drum, with Q&A to follow

12:00pm - 1:00pm      

1:00pm - 2:00pm        
Presentation of the Indigenous Students’ Pathways Project: Enhancing the Mobility of Indigenous Learners into Art and Design Education

2:00pm - 3:45pm        
Panel Discussion in response, with:
S. Brenda Small, Vice-President, Centre for Policy and Research in Indigenous Learning, Confederation College and Project Advisor
Dr. Mike DeGagné, President and Vice-Chancellor, Nipissing University
Dr. Glen Lowry, Executive Director & Advisor to Provost, Partnerships, Outreach & Research, OCAD University

4:00pm - 5:00pm        
Ceremony by Elder Ralph Johnson

5:00pm - 7:00pm         
Celebratory Feast

All sessions will be held at OCAD University, 100 McCaul St, Room 190 (main auditorium).


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