Newsletter Archives — June 2015

What’s New for June 2015

We would like to say a huge “Congratulations” to the graduating class of 2015 and, to all, no matter how you plan to spend the summer months, we hope you find joy in the sunshine and the rain.

June is National Aboriginal History Month!

“In June, Canadians celebrate National Aboriginal History Month, an opportunity to honour the heritage, contributions and cultures of Aboriginal peoples in Canada.” – Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

There will be a number of events happening throughout the month in recognition of National Aboriginal History Month. Here at U of T, you can stay connected to what’s happening locally by checking out the First Nations House website, follow them on twitter @UofTFNH or by liking their Facebook page!

I am U of T video

The Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office (ARCDO) launched the “I AM U of T” video as a part of the 2015 International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (IDERD) Campaign showcasing the voices of racialized students as they talk about how their identities have shaped their experiences at the University of Toronto. The video was produced by the ARCDO work-study students and the theme, I AM U of T, is intended to shed light on students whose voices and lived experiences often go unheard. The objective of this video is to move beyond stereotypes, to explore the diverse perspectives and lived experiences of racialized students, and to find out how racialized students are claiming space at the University.

Please share this educational tool widely throughout your channels and networks and feel free to send your feedback to

Serve & Learn with the Centre for Community Partnerships (CCP)

Build your leaderships skills, learn about yourself and connect with other students while you play a meaningful role in community organizations. Complete the 5 steps of the Serve & Learn Program and you can add the experience to your co-curricular record. Visit the CCP website to learn more!

Upcoming Events at U of T

(If you wish to request that your event be included in our monthly newsletter, please submit requests to at least one week prior to the beginning of the new month.)

June 16, 6:30 pm, Aga Khan Museum (Toronto): Ramadan Launch – Tackling Climate Change and Economic Inequality with Naomi Klein. Islamic Relief and Oxfam Canada present our “Ramadan Launch 2015” with world renowned author and activist Naomi Klein. Join us to welcome the month of Ramadan at the majestic Aga Khan Museum, with great company, and by celebrating Islamic history.

June 18 – 20, Fort York (Toronto): Indigenous Arts Festival. The Indigenous Arts Festival @ Fort York celebrates traditional and contemporary music, dance, theatre, storytelling, spoken word, visual arts, crafts, and food created by indigenous artists. Energizing the grounds and buildings of Fort York National Historic Site in downtown Toronto with powerful ancient traditions and compelling contemporary creations.

June 19, 3 – 4:30 pm, Hart House (UTSG): TRANSFORMING SPORT: LGBTQ Athletes in Conversation. In recognition of Canada’s declaration that 2015 is the Year of Sport, the U of T Pride Pub will present a special pre-event featuring LGBTQ athletes. The discussion will feature Kye Allums, a former college basketball player at George Washington University and the first out trans athlete to compete as a NCAA Division College athlete, and Rosie Cossar, a Canadian rhythmic gymnast who represented Canada at the 2012 Summer Olympics and who came out as a lesbian in 2014. Tickets are FREE, but be sure to reserve your seat via eventbrite!

June 19, 4 pm – 1 am, Hart House (UTSG): U of T Pride Pub! Start your Pride surrounded by friends in the beautiful outdoor Hart House Quad. This year, everyone is invited to start their Pride at U of T and join us early for some drinks, a delicious outdoor BBQ & Community Fair or wait ’til the stars come out and dance all night long with our fabulous DJs and performers.

June 21, 12 pm, Fort York National Historic Site (Toronto): NaMeRes Traditional Pow Wow 2015. This year Na-Me-Res will be holding our Traditional Pow Wow at Fort York Historical Site on SUNDAY, JUNE 21st. Grand Entry at 12:00 noon everyone welcome. This is a free event.

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