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Presented as part of the Faculty & Curriculum Development Centre’s Indigenous Education Speaker Series to facilitate respectful knowledge-sharing, this free public education talk is open to all students, faculty, staff, and the broader community.  

DR. MARIE BATTISTE, O.C. COGNITIVE JUSTICE AND TRANSSYSTEMIC CHANGE: INDIGENIZATION IN THE ACADEMY Thursday, September 26th, 2019 | 6:30pm - 8:30pm OCAD University, 100 McCaul St, Room 190 (main auditorium)

Abstract:

“2015 was an auspicious, if not a heavy hitting year to universities. The Universities Canada issued their agreed upon Indigenization plan in 13 points to help universities and colleges address some common agreed upon ideas among the presidents for contributing to their concept of Indigenization. In the same year,  the Truth and Reconciliation Commission issued its final report on the survivor testimonies and historical research of the Indian Residential Schools, together with its 94 Calls to Action directed to all levels of government, business, educational, social work and medical institutions, law, media, and civil society, to address the years of ignorance, hatred, racism, violence, silence, and systemic abuse of youth and intergeneration of Indigenous peoples caught in those institutions. These two documents have since stimulated an array of activity in PSE to address layers of inequities the system and societies have generated. This talk will examine diverse assumptions and outcomes of emergent changes in the conventional postsecondary education system and offer another decolonizing analysis and experiential thinking about needed changes when transsystemic change is respected and activated. How the directives to Indigenize the academy can be taken up and mobilized from another knowledge system is a premise of this talk for which I aspire to offer some perspectives and critique of assumptions and possible thoughts for decolonizing educational institutions and their foundations.” - Dr. Marie Battiste

Dr. Battiste’s talk will be followed by a question and answer period. All are welcome.


 

Dr. Marie Battiste is Mi'kmaq from Nova Scotia’s Potlotek First Nation and was recently awarded as an Officer of the Order of Canada, 2019. She is most well-known as an author and educator with immense contributions to the field of Indigenous education and an unflinching commitment to traditional languages and knowledges. Currently a professor at the University of Saskatchewan, she holds a Master's degree from Harvard and a PhD from Stanford University.

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Every Child Matters Fundraiser - September 27-29

The Indigenous Student Centre will be selling orange toques for $20 (cash only) to raise funds for Save the Evidence and We MatterToques will be available for Indigenous OCAD students at no cost, for a limited time. To request a toque, please contact Reagan Kennedy (Student Success Coordinator) rkennedy@ocadu.ca by Wednesday September 29. Indigenous community members are invited to pay-what-you-can.  

Where can I purchase a toque? 

Indigenous Student Centre – OCAD U students, faculty and staff can purchase toques at the Indigenous Student Centre from Monday September 27-Wednesday September 29 between 9AM-5PM (closed from 12-1PM for lunch).  

Butterfield Park – The general public along with the OCAD U community, can purchase toques on Tuesday September 28 between 11:30am-2:30pm.  

Need someone to talk to?

The list below contains 24/7 support services for Indigenous people.

  • Indian Residential School Crisis Line (For Survivors and Family) 1-866-925-4419 
  • Kids Help Phone Indigenous people can connect with an Indigenous crisis responder by messaging FIRST NATIONS, INUIT, or METIS to 686868 for young people and 741741 for adults or through Facebook Messenger 
  • FNMI Hope for Wellness Hotline 1-855-242-3310 
  • Anishnawbe Mental Health Crisis Line 416- 891-8606 
  • Talk4Healing Indigenous Women 1-855-554-4325 
  • Aboriginal Crisis Intervention Line 416-531-0330 

The artwork in this design, featuring interlocking hands made to resemble a sweetgrass braid, is by OCAD U alumni Mariah Meawasige (Serpent River First Nation). 

On September 30 2021, classes will be cancelledOrange Shirt Day, is now also recognized as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Orange Shirt Day was started by survivor Phyllis (Jack) Webstad. Phyllis was gifted a new orange shirt by her grandmother for her first day of school. Her shirt along with other items, was taken away on her first day of residential school at St. Joseph's Mission in British Columbia. Orange Shirt Day is held annually on September 30. 

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Indigenous Toronto Orientation
Presented by Indigenous Student Centre as part of Fall 2021 Orientation
Audience: All Indigenous students, faculty, staff, family and friends!
Session being recorded: No

Thursday September 16 12 to 4 p.m. ET
Indigenous Student Centre (OCAD University)
113 McCaul Street, Level 4, Room 410

Indigenous OCAD U students are invited to an in-person tour of the Indigenous Student Centre! Come meet the Indigenous Student Centre (ISC) team and enjoy a catered meal from Pow Wow Café! New students will receive an orientation kit, including ISC swag and a grocery card.  

At 2:30 p.m., students are then invited to travel to the Native Youth Resource Centre for a tour and free Tribal Lands swag! The group will also stop by the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto. The groups will be travelling on Toronto Transit (TTC)—fare provided—and accompanied by the Indigenous Student Success Coordinator. Families and friends are welcome to attend!

Tour group will depart from the OCAD U Indigenous Student Centre.
If you require transportation accommodations, please contact rkennedy@ocadu.ca.

Artwork created by Mariah Meawasige

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Indigenous Student Welcome & Celebration of Graduates


Presented by Indigenous Student Centre as part of Fall 2021 Orientation
Audience: All Indigenous students, alumni, faculty, staff, family and friends!
Session being recorded: No

Thursday September 9 1 to 3 p.m. ET
Platform: Zoom

The Indigenous Student Centre invites Indigenous students and graduates, along with their families, friends, and community to join us for the Indigenous Student Welcome and Celebration of Graduates!

The event will begin with opening words from the Indigenous community at OCAD U as we celebrate Indigenous graduates and welcome new students with guest singer Harvey Dreaver!

New students will have the opportunity to participate in a Q&A with the Indigenous Student CentreIndigenous Visual Culture ProgramWapatah: Centre for Indigenous Visual Knowledge, the Indigenous Student Association, as well as Indigenous alumni and faculty! 

> Click here to RSVP and register for this session...

Artwork created by Mariah Meawasige

To join more Orientation events click here! 

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Image above: Dr. Herman Pi’ikea Clark (top row, left), Matthew Hickey (top row, middle), Jason Lujan (top row, right), Sadie Red Wing (bottom row, left) and Julia Rose Sutherland (bottom row, right).

OCAD University acknowledges the ancestral and traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Haudenosaunee, the Anishinaabe and the Huron-Wendat, 
who are the original owners and custodians of the land on which we live, work and create.

OCAD University is pleased to announce the hiring of five new Indigenous tenured/tenure-track faculty members in its Faculty of Design.

Matthew Hickey, Jason Lujan and Julia Rose Sutherland started on August 1, 2021 while Dr. Herman Pi’ikea Clark and Sadie Red Wing will join on January 1, 2022.

This is the second Indigenous cluster hire, undertaken by the University in three years, as part of its ongoing commitment to Indigenous Learning: Nothing About Us Without Us, the first priority identified in its Academic Plan 2017-2022: Transforming Student Experience.

“We are thrilled to welcome five new Indigenous members to the OCAD U community. These remarkable and inspiring scholars, artists, designers and educators will strengthen our efforts to reshape our University, making it a more inclusive environment for our Indigenous students. They will also contribute to the important work of indigenizing our institution, creating a community that recognizes and respects Indigenous histories, culture, knowledge and ways of knowing,” said Ana Serrano, OCAD U President and Vice-Chancellor.

In addition to their teaching roles, research activities and service to the governance of the University, the new faculty members will be key contributors to the ongoing development and decolonization of OCAD U’s undergraduate and graduate program curriculum, policies and initiatives. The hiring initiative is a special program under the Ontario Human Rights Code.

“It was really important to have this second Indigenous cluster hire in the Faculty of Design so we can have Indigenous representation in each of our six undergraduate programs and meet our commitments to the flourishing Indigenous Visual Culture program,” said Dr. Dori Tunstall, OCAD U’s Dean of the Faculty of Design.

“As we welcome our new Indigenous colleagues, it’s important to acknowledge the collective efforts of those who have contributed to this new moment in OCAD U’s story and as we build IndigenousOCAD U,” said Associate Professor Peter Morin, Special Advisor to the Provost, Indigenous Knowledge, Practices and Production.

“We are able to celebrate today’s announcement because of the contributions of exceptional people like Bonnie Devine, Ryan Rice and Dr. Duke Redbird. These Indigenous artists, scholars and curators have made significant offerings to the collective energy that is building IndigenousOCAD U,” said Morin.

MEET THE NEW INDIGENOUS FACULTY MEMBERS

Dr. Herman Pi’ikea Clark

In his own words: “I am both honoured and humbled by the invitation to join the Faculty of Design at OCAD University and particularly as part of the institution’s second Indigenous cluster hire.  I look forward to the opportunity of contributing to the exciting teaching and learning environment that OCAD University is moving toward for the benefit of students, faculty, staff and stakeholder communities alike.”

Born and raised in Honolulu, Dr. Herman Pi’ikea Clark is a Kanaka Maoli/Indigenous Hawaiian from a family with deep ancestral roots across Hawaii and Polynesia. A graduate of Punahou School in Honolulu, he completed a Master of Fine Arts in Pacific Design from the University of Hawaii and a Doctorate of Indigenous Education and Art from Massey University in New Zealand.

Over the last 30 years, he has gained international recognition as an artist, designer and scholar of Indigenous art and education. His artworks and design commissions are found in both private and public collections in Hawaii, the U.S. mainland and across the Pacific region.

Dr. Clark served previously as Professor and Chair of Indigenous Innovation at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi, one of three Indigenous universities in New Zealand before returning home to Hawaii to launch Pili, a luxury brand of island designer wear founded by his wife.

He will teach in OCAD U’s Illustration and Indigenous Visual Culture programs.

Matthew Hickey

In his own words: “The Indigenous hiring process was inclusive, open and non-hierarchical.  I am excited to share with the students and the University the ways in which Indigenous knowledge can push forward design and architecture."

Matthew Hickey is Mohawk from the Six Nations First Nations and a licensed architect with 15 years of experience working in an on-reserve architecture firm. He received a Master of Architecture from the University of Calgary and Bachelor of Design from the Ontario College of Art and Design (now OCAD U), winning both the Alberta Association of Architects President’s Medal and the Medal for Best Thesis, respectively.

His focus is on Universal Inclusivity, including regenerative design and encompassing ecological, cultural and economic principles. His research includes Indigenous history and the adaptation of traditional sustainable technologies to the modern North American climate. He also teaches at the Ontario Association of Architects, and is a member of the Waterfront Toronto Design Review Panel and Toronto Artscape’s Board of Directors. 

He will teach in OCAD U’s Environmental Design and Indigenous Visual Culture programs.

Jason Lujan

In his own words: “Design is a continuation of storytelling where creation can exist in new forms, without hierarchy. I am grateful OCAD U supports my belief that artists are obligated to be responsible cultural producers and agents of social change. It is important to dismantle problematizing dominant discourses and instead promote the idea that Indigenous creative communities – standing shoulder to shoulder with rest of the world – contribute to a richer human experience for all.”

Jason LujanChiricahua, is originally from Marfa, Texas. As an artist, he creates tools for understanding and interpreting the process of cultural diffusion and familiarization. Largely integrating visual components of commercial and political design rooted in Asia and North America, his work focuses on the possibilities and limitations of the exchanging of ideas, meanings and values, and questions the concepts of authorship and authenticity. His work is an experiment in creating new attention to transitive zones in the everyday. 

Lujan has contributed to, planned, constructed and managed productions and exhibitions at the Dia Art Foundation, Museum of Modern Art, Park Avenue Armory, and Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as implemented runway fashion installations for Chanel, Marc Jacobs, Balenciaga, Tommy Hilfiger, Y3, and Rihanna x Puma, among others.

He will teach in OCAD U’s Advertising and the Indigenous Visual Culture programs.

Sadie Red Wing

In her own words: With the all the pandemic challenges many institutes faced this year, I am happy to be a part of a persistent community who is allowing Indigenous Knowledge into spaces that need it the most. Our traditional ecological knowledge will allow systematic practices that will demonstrate sustainability for many nations.”

Sadie Red Wing is a Lakota graphic designer and advocate from the Spirit Lake Nation of Fort Totten, North Dakota. She will teach in the OCAD U Graphic Design and Indigenous Visual Culture programs.

Red Wing earned her BFA in New Media Arts and Interactive Design at the Institute of American Indian Arts. She received her Master of Graphic Design from North Carolina State University. Her research on cultural revitalization through design tools and strategies created a new demand for tribal competence in graphic design research.

Red Wing urges Native American graphic designers to express visual sovereignty in their design work, as well as encourages academia to include an indigenous perspective in design curriculum.

Currently, Red Wing serves as a Student Success Coach for American Indian College Fund in Denver, Colorado where she specializes in student retention and resource building for the Native American demographic in higher education spaces.

Julia Rose Sutherland

In her own words: “I am thrilled to be joining the OCAD University team and injecting my own lived and Indigenous perspectives into the Material Art and Design program.”

Julia Rose Sutherland is a Mi’kmaq (Metepenagiag Nation)/settler artist and educator based out of Tkaronto (Toronto, Canada). Her interdisciplinary art practice employs photography, sculpture, textiles and performance. She earned her MFA at the University at Buffalo (2019) and BFA in Craft and New Media at the Alberta University of the Arts (2013).

She has exhibited nationally and internationally, recently showing work at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, Nebraska, where she was also a summer 2021 Artist in Resident; the MacKenzie Art Gallery; K Art Gallery; WAAP Gallery; and 59 Rivoli Gallery in Paris, France.

Sutherland is a recent recipient two grants, one from the Canada Council for the Arts Creating, Knowing, and Sharing program, and a second from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Indigenous Individual Project.

She will also teach in the OCAD U’s Indigenous Visual Culture program.

 

 

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INDIGENOUS STUDENT FINANCE FAIR: JULY 20-22 2021

The Indigenous Student Centre is excited to welcome Indigenous OCAD U students to the Indigenous Student Finance Fair. Have questions about band funding and OSAP? Looking to apply for Indigenous student bursaries and scholarships? Would you like assistance creating a budget and balancing your finances? Join us for one or all three sessions in the Indigenous Student Finance Fair! Indigenous students outside of OCAD U and Indigenous community members are welcome to attend Day 2 and Day 3! 

DAY 1: BURSARIES AND FINANCIAL PLANNING (JULY 20 1-2PM)

Are you a new or returning Indigenous OCAD U Student? Looking to get ahead on financial planning and learn about bursary opportunities, OSAP, dates and deadlines? Join the Indigenous Student Centre along with the Finance Office and  Financial Aid & Awards to learn about key contacts, resources and tips that will support your financial success at OCAD U! This session is open to Indigenous OCAD U Students only. 

To register for Bursaries and Financial Planning click here! 

DAY 2: INDSPIRE - BUILDING BRIGHTER FUTURES: BURSARIES, SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS (JULY 21 11AM-12PM)

Since 2004, Indspire has provided over $115 million in financial support to more than 37,500 First Nations, Inuit and Métis students. All Building Brighter Futures donations are matched by the Government of Canada allowing us to be double the impact for students. Join the Indspire team for an information session to learn about funding opportunities, upcoming deadlines, application tips and more! This session is open to all Indigenous students and Indigenous community members!

To register for Indspire - Building Brighter Futures click here!

DAY 3: SEEDS OF SUCCESS - FEELING EMPOWERED ABOUT YOUR FINANCES (JULY 22 2:30-3:30PM) 

Are you looking to improve your financial literacy and budgeting? Join Indigenous facilitator Sabrina Spencer for a workshop where we'll discuss how to create a budget, balance expenses, plan ahead and methods to feel empowered about your finances! Sabrina is a proud Metis Kwe who believes the world is abundant and that with proper planning and tangible steps, everyone shall access a life of financial wealth. Now a justice worker, investor, home builder and landlord she spends her free time teaching others how to live a life of freedom by taking control of their finances. This session is open to all Indigenous students and Indigenous community members!

To register for Seeds of Success: Feeling Empowered About Your Finances click here!

MORE FINANCIAL RESOURCES

For a full list of upcoming dates and deadlines, financial opportunities and resources for Indigenous students please see the Financial Resources list, and be sure to visit the Financial Matters page! 

CONTACT US

INDIGENOUS STUDENT CENTRE STAFF

Melissa General
Manager
Ext. 2261 mgeneral@ocadu.ca

Reagan Kennedy
Student Success Coordinator
Ext. 2524 rkennedy@ocadu.ca

Jeanine Claus
Indigenous Student Counsellor
jclaus@ocadu.ca 

Connect with us on social media! 

 

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Thursday, July 15
6 to 8 p.m. ET

Are you a new or returning Indigenous OCAD U student? Interested in meeting other Indigenous students and connecting with potential roommates? Join Dehmin Cleland (Indigenous Student Monitor) and the Indigenous Student Association for a discussion of housing tips, life at OCAD U and more!

Register here for a Zoom link...

About the Indigenous Student Association (ISA):
The ISA is a self-governing collective of Indigenous students at OCAD University (OCAD U) who organize to nurture community and to support each other. We run community events and activities, and are the main student group dedicated to bettering Indigenous students’ experiences at OCAD U; autonomous from the Indigenous Visual Culture Program, the Indigenous Student Centre, and the Student Union. Our goals year to year may change, but we remain grounded in our dedication to community and safer spaces for Indigenous students to learn, create and thrive.   

Email: indigenousstudentgroup@gmail.com

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Housing Tips & More with the Indigenous Student Association!

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Based on Jason Lewis’s research-creation work over the last two decades, this webinar will explore the concept of the future imaginary and make an argument as to why it is important that Indigenous people engage in creating them. Drawing on material from the Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace research network, the Initiative for Indigenous Futures partnership, the Illustrating the Future Imaginary commissions, the Skins Workshops on Aboriginal Storytelling and Video Game Design, and the Indigenous Protocol and Artificial Intelligence Working Group, Lewis will discuss the strategies that his collaborators and he have developed for articulating desired futures, and building the capacity to make them real.

Register here

Jason Lewis is a digital media theorist, artist, and software designer. He founded Obx Laboratory for Experimental Media, where he directs research/creation projects exploring computation as a creative and cultural material. Lewis is deeply committed to developing intriguing new forms of expression by working on conceptual, critical, creative and technical levels simultaneously. He is the University Research Chair in Computational Media and the Indigenous Future Imaginary as well as Professor of Computation Arts at Concordia University, Montreal. Born and raised in northern California, Lewis is Hawaiian and Samoan.

We Count
DEEP 2020: Designing Enabling Economies and Policies

 

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We Count, Digging DEEPer series event: Jason Lewis will discuss the strategies that his collaborators and he have developed for articulating desired futures, and building the capacity to make them real.

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Presented by: Indigenous Student Centre (ISC)

Join the OCAD U Indigenous Student Centre for a celebration of Indigenous graduates and a welcoming of new students with All Nations Juniors Drum! New students will have the opportunity to participate in a Q&A with the Indigenous Visual Culture Program, Wapatah: Centre for Indigenous Visual Knowledge, OCAD U student group Indigenous Student Association, as well as Indigenous alumni and faculty! We will be joined by ISC Mentor/Advisor David General. This event will be followed by a Social Distance Pow Wow!

Date: Thursday, September 10, 2020
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Duration: 2 hours

Delivery Platform: Microsoft Teams
Sign up to participate: follow this link to the event registration page. Select the date AND select the time. Fill in your name and OCAD U 365 email address and submit!

https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/CampusLifeConnect@ocaduniversity.onmicrosoft.com/bookings/s/HONabgkMYU6HB-mDqEEMTA2

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Join the OCAD U Indigenous Student Centre for a celebration of Indigenous graduates and a welcoming of new students, followed by a social distance Pow Wow!

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Presented by: Indigenous Student Centre (ISC)

The ISC is typically open daily for students to access staff services as well as supports within the centre including the library, kitchen, computer stations and the student pantry. This communal space houses a group calendar, student kitchen and pantry and two lounge areas. The centre also has a computer station and library. Stay tuned for our virtual tour coming later this summer! We will show you where we are located on campus, highlight some of the key areas in the centre and showcase some of student works housed within the centre!

Date: Thursday, August 27, 2020
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Duration: 60 minutes

Delivery Platform: Indigenous Student Centre Instagram (@iscatocadu)
https://www.instagram.com/iscatocadu/

Sign up to participate: no pre-registration required!

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The ISC is typically open daily for students to access staff services as well as supports within the centre including the library, kitchen, computer stations and the student pantry.

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