Knowledge Givers 2.0:
A Longer Conversation

Peter Morin in conversation with Dr. Ashok Mathur
Thursday, December 5, 2019
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
205 Richmond St, Room 701
No registration required

Knowledge Givers 2.0: A Longer Conversation brings together BIPOC+ faculty to deepen relationships and build inclusive spaces for the many forms of research and practice done in BIPOC+ communities. The series is organized by Peter Morin in collaboration with the Office of the Vice-President, Academic and Provost, and the Faculty & Curriculum Development Centre.

Please join us on Thursday, December 5th, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm for the second conversation in the series between Peter Morin and Dr. Ashok Mathur.

Knowledge Exchange Series

The Faculty & Curriculum Development Centre’s Knowledge Exchange series provides an opportunity for OCAD U faculty and staff to come together, discuss meaningful issues in teaching and learning, share their experiences with each other and hear from experienced faculty members.

Knowledge Exchange with Glen Lowry
"Exploring Collaborative Approaches to Critical Art Pedagogy with the AGO and Wikipedia"
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
113 McCaul St, Room 510a
No registration required

In the first of the series for 2019/2020, Glen Lowry, Acting Dean, Faculty of Art will share the results of a collaboration with Amy Furness, the AGO’s Rosamond Ivey Special Collections Archivist and Head of Library & Archives, the Writing Across the Curriculum initiative, and students in the Criticism & Curatorial Practice course, Art Writing: Practice and Ideas.

Please join us on October 2nd, 12:00pm - 1:30pm for a conversation with Glen in which he will share his reflections on his course, followed by an open discussion on the topic of collaboration, using online platforms and critical art writing.

Peer Teaching Exchange

Join this innovative mentorship-based opportunity to advance your teaching practice and develop your teaching dossier. Over the course of a semester you will visit your peers classrooms in order to:

  • Share and observe effective teaching strategies;
  • Receive non-evaluative peer feedback on your teaching;
  • Discuss cross-disciplinary perspectives and knowledge;
  • Create connections with other faculty
  • Earn a certificate of completion and strengthen your teaching dossier.

Participating in this program will take approximately ten hours over the course of the fall semester, as follows:

  • Sign-up: By September 20th, 2019
  • Initial Meeting: Between September 23rd and September 27th
  • Classroom Visits: Between September 30th and October 31st
  • Reflection Meeting: Between November 4th and November 15th


For more information, please email Claire Bartleman at

Canvas Orientation

Canvas Orientation: Using Online Tools to Support Your Teaching 

This hands-on workshop covers the basics of getting started in Canvas. Topics include basic navigation, the Course Outline Builder tool, and the Assignments tool. This is a great session for new faculty or those who need a Canvas refresher. Please bring a laptop to fully participate in the workshop.

  • There are currently no sessions scheduled.
  • If you wish to discuss tech-enabled teaching strategies or setting up your Canvas course for supporting learners, please contact Travis Freeman at Alternatively, you may self-enrol in the Canvas Guide for Faculty, a Canvas course that includes step-by-step instructions, pedagogical strategies and other resources for teaching with technology.

Indigenous Education
Speaker Series

To facilitate respectful knowledge engagement and support the university’s goals around Indigenous curriculum development, the FCDC has organized a series of public education talks that brings national and local Indigenous scholars to OCAD U. Talks are open to all members of the university and the broader community. Faculty are encouraged to bring their classes!

Dr. Niigaan Sinclair
Friday, November 22, 2019
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
100 McCaul St, Room 190
No registration required. All are welcome!

Our next speaker in the series is Indigenous scholar and award-winning columnist, Dr. Niigaan Sinclair on Friday, November 22nd, 1:30-3:00pm at OCAD U. Dr. Sinclair will be speaking about Anishnaabeg art and literature, bridging understandings towards reconciliation. The talk will be followed by a question and answer period. All are welcome!

“Reconciliation is about the hard work of sharing. It's about resources, time, space and land. This means commitment to change, in all its complicatedness.” Niigaan Sinclair, Winnipeg Free Press, 08/17/2018

Dr. Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair is Anishinaabe from St. Peter's/Little Peguis, Manitoba. Currently on sabbatical as an Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba, his work spans national and international print and publications. In 2018, he joined the Winnipeg Free Press as a columnist and in May 2019, Niigaan was named Canada’s Best Columnist, winning also a distinguished National Newspaper Award. He is also a recovering high school teacher.


OCAD U Community Circles

New this year, as part of our Indigenous Learning programming, once every month on the last Thursday of the month, OCAD U faculty and staff will have the opportunity to gather together in a drop-in, low-stakes community circle to discuss and get to know current issues important to the hearts and minds of the community. The Community Circles are facilitated by FCDC’s Nadia McLaren and open to all OCAD U faculty and staff.

Upcoming Community Circles:

Thursday, November 28, 2019 | 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm | Room 512, 113 McCaul
Thursday, January 30, 2020 | 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm | Room 512, 113 McCaul

Cultural Competency Training

Indigenous Cultural Competency Training (ICCT) is available for all OCAD U faculty and staff. Facilitated by the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centre (OFIFC), the intent of the ICCT is for organizations to obtain the necessary skills, knowledge, attitudes and values that support the development of meaningful and informed relationships with Indigenous people, families and communities. OCAD U currently offers Cycle 1 and Cycle 2 of the training, as well as follow-up workshops for anyone who has completed Cycle 1.

Cultural Competency Training: Cycle 1 

The first cycle focuses on the early relationship in Canada with Indigenous people, intergenerational trauma and an introduction of the OFIFC’s relationship framework.

Cultural Competency Training Cycle 1
Thursday, February 13, 2020
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
113 McCaul St, Room 512

Cultural Competency Training: Cycle 2

Cycle 2 builds on the first cycle to take a deeper look at historical narratives and recent efforts to re-frame relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians.

Cultural Competency Training Cycle 2
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
113 McCaul St, Room 512

Cultural Competency Training Follow-Up Workshops

The FCDC also offers a Follow-up Workshop open to all faculty and staff who have completed the first cycle of the Indigenous Cultural Competency Training (ICCT). The follow-up workshop offers participants guidance with HOW to implement their ICCT training in both personal and professional contexts with an introduction to Indigenous pedagogies and methodologies. The session is facilitated by Nadia McLaren.

Cultural Competency Follow-up Workshop
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
113 McCaul St, Room 512

Land-Based Learning

Land-based learning is an exciting new initiative organized by the Faculty & Curriculum Development Centre to provide OCAD U faculty and staff with an opportunity to connect with Indigenous community outside of the classroom and studio.

We are pleased to welcome Six Nations educators, Sheila Maracle and Lauren Williams, to facilitate the first land-based learning workshop, being held on Saturday, September 21st from 1-4pm along the Humber River in Toronto. Details about this workshop and how to register are listed below. The workshop is limited to a maximum of 20 participants and the deadline to register is by Monday, September 16th.

Saturday, September 21, 2019
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: Baby Point, along the Humber River, Toronto
Fee: $30

Workshop Facilitators:
Sheila L. Maracle and Lauren Williams from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory

The land acknowledgement is just a start in working towards reconciliation. This workshop will share how the Haudenosaunee view their relationship to the land and waters through an understanding of the Thanksgiving Address. Participants will be taken out of the classroom for some land-based teachings from two Mohawk educators, Sheila L. Maracle and Lauren Williams, both educators based in Hamilton, and from the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. Through traditional knowledge-sharing, personal stories and activities, participants will begin to develop their own understanding of having a connection to the land. 

REGISTER HERE by Monday, September 16, 2019

Note: This workshop is open to OCAD U faculty and staff, with a maximum of 20 participants.

Visiting Elder Series

As we work to employ the priorities of OCAD U’s current Academic Plan, visiting Elders guide us through teachings and stories, and share knowledges rooted in Indigenous community perspectives, helping us to learn more about Indigenous ontologies, cosmologies and ways of being. 

  • Details to be announced soon