Indigenous Cultures on Campus: Building a Canadian Collaboratory

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Scholars from across Canada will come together during this dynamic session to discuss current and prospective initiatives intended to enhance the post-secondary experiences of Indigenous students. This event is sponsored by a SSHRC Connections grant and Indigenous Initiatives Fund (University of Manitoba).

Additional seats have been made available on a first-come, first-served basis to anyone attending the Building Reconciliation Forum. There is no additional cost for this session. If you have already registered for the forum and would like to attend, please email

For questions please regarding the pre-conference, please contact any of the project's principal investigators:
Amy De Jaeger
Frank Deer
Lori Wilkinson

(Location - Marshall McLuhan Hall)

11 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Registration and Networking

11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Opening Prayer/Welcoming Remarks

12:00 p.m.

1 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Introduction of Keynote Address
Dwayne Donald, University of Alberta

2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Indigenous Cultures on Campus: Building a Canadian Collaboratory

Session Facilitator: Jonathan Hamilton Diabo, University of Toronto

The purpose of this session will be to develop an interdisciplinary collaboratory of representatives (academics and students working in Indigenous education) from post-secondary education (PSE) institutions across Canada. With a collaboration of like-minded scholars, this event will provide participants with an opportunity to discuss real and potential enhancements of Post-Secondary Educational experiences for Indigenous students within various PSE institutions across Canada. Considering that many PSE institutions have developed initiatives to integrate Indigenous knowledge/methods into academic and non-academic programming, such initiatives may not be well known and not yet well disseminated. The focus of conversation in this session will be upon current and prospective initiatives intended to enhance the PSE experiences of Indigenous students, including practices of incorporating Indigenous knowledge/methods in the curricula as well as in other areas of PSE.

4:30 p.m.
Reflections and Closing Remark

Optional Film Screening
(Location: ArtLab)

4:45 - 6:10 p.m.
The Decolonizing Lens:
with guest speakers Conor McNally and Dwayne Donald

The Decolonizing Lens is a monthly film and discussion series that features work and words of Indigenous artists from Winnipeg and beyond.

Drawing on the tradition of oral storytelling, ôtênaw is a philisophical and creative treatment of land rights, territory, history and culture. As Dr. Dwayne Donald leads a walking tour of amiskwaciwâskahikan (now the city of Edmonton), talking about the history of the land and the people who lived there, the layers of human habitation slowly reveal themselves.

Special guests, Conor McNally and Dwayne Donald will be in attendance for discussion and Q & A after the film. The screening is free and open to the public.


Keynote address: Dwayne Donald

Dr. Dwayne Donald
Dr. Dwayne Donald is a descendant of the amiskwaciwiyiniwak and the Papaschase Cree and is an associate professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta. His work focuses on ways in which Indigenous philosophies can expand and enhance our understandings of curriculum and pedagogy.


Workshop session facilitator: Jonathan Hamilton-Diabo
Jonathan Hamilton-Diabo 

Jonathan Hamilton-Diabo is the Director, Indigenous Initiatives at the University of Toronto. Prior to this, he was the Director of First Nations House (Aboriginal Student Services) at U of T. He also had the opportunity to teach at Emmanual College (Victoria University) and the Waterloo Lutheran Seminary (Wilfred Laurier University). He holds a Master of Theological Studies (Emmanuel College, Victoria University, 2011), Bachelor of Education (York University, 1996) and Bachelor of Business Administration (Concordia University, 1993). He is Mohawk from Kahnawake, Quebec.


The pre-conference will be held in Marshall McLuhan Hall - Room 204 UMSU University Centre, University of Manitoba's Fort Garry Campus.

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