Newsletter Archives — March 2016

What’s New for March 2016


IDERD 2016 – History, Legacy and Reconciliation:
Indigenous Education and the Role of University of Toronto


IDERD Awards Ceremony & Panel Discussion

Register for the Awards Ceremony to reserve your seat.

Monday March 21, 2016 from 1 pm to 5 pm 
At Rotman (Desautels Hall, Second floor, South Building)

We have an exciting afternoon of celebration and contemplation for this year’s IDERD Awards Ceremony. The theme this year History, Legacy and Reconciliation: Indigenous Education and the Role of U of T will explore the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) recommendation for post-secondary education. We have convened a panel to discuss the legacy of the residential school system and to critically reflect on Indigenous education at the University in light of the TRC recommendations.

Save the date as tickets for this free event will go fast! Refreshments will be served!







IDERD 5-buck Lunch – Wednesday March 16, 2016

5-Buck Lunch is a culinary voyage around the U of T universe that doesn’t empty your wallet! Experience the tastes, sights and sounds of your university while enjoying a fantastic meal. The Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office with the Health & Wellness at Hart House is hosting this lunch to increase awareness of anti-racism at the University.

Cost: $5 for students / $7 for non-students
Where: Great Hall, Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle

Scarborough Campus IDERD Events

University of Toronto in Scarborough in partnership with the Snider Fund, is hosting a series of events for the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination during the week of March 21 to March 26.

On March 22, staff, students and faculty will come together to talk about race on campus at UTSC at 12:30 . Please join the Principal, Bruce Kidd and fellow community members for lunch and for a discussion on these themes. The discussion will be followed by indigenous and diasporic performances of dance and theatre at 2 – 4 pm.

On March 23, join us for a Local Arts & Equity Seminar at 1 pm at UTSC and later, at the Aki Studio downtown Toronto for performances by Ronald Taylor Dance & RAT NADI at 7:30 pm.

On March 24, we will continue with indigenous and diasporic performances of dance and theatre at UTSC from 1:30 – 3:30.

Finally, on March 25 and 26, we will showcase a discussion and piece called The making of the Myth of Black Dangerousness at the AKI Studio downtown at 8 pm.


International Women’s Day Lecture

Islands of Decolonial Love: Exploring Love on Occupied Land” by Leanne Simpson

March 9th From 6 pm to 9 pm in the OISE Auditorium

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is “a gifted writer who brings passion and commitment to her storytelling and who has demonstrated an uncommon ability to manage an impressive range of genres from traditional storytelling to critical analysis, from poetry to the spoken word, from literary and social activism.” In 2014, Leanne was named the inaugural RBC Charles Taylor Emerging writer by Thomas King.

Leanne is the author of three books; Dancing on Our Turtle’s Back, The Gift Is in the Making and Islands of Decolonial Love, and the editor of Lighting the Eighth Fire, This Is An Honour Song (with Kiera Ladner) and The Winter We Danced: Voice from the Past, the Future and the Idle No More Movement (Kino-nda-niimi collective). Leanne holds a PhD from the University of Manitoba and has lectured at universities across Canada. She is of Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg ancestry and a member of Alderville First Nation. This event is open to the public.

Sponsors: Women & Gender Studies Institute; WGSSU; Principal’s Initiative Fund, New College; Adult Education and Community Development Program; Indigenous Education Network; Transformative Learning Centre.

More Events

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March 12, 10 am – 3:30 pm The bus departs from the front steps of Hart House: Sacred Sites TourExplore the beliefs of Aboriginal Spirituality, Christianity and Hinduism as we discover the art and architecture of an Indigenous Lodge, a Christian church and a Hindu temple. Lunch provided. The tour of the Indigenous Lodge will be facilitated by U of T First Nations Elder Andrew Wesley. The tour is free, but registration will be required. Please register by e–mailing: Please put “Bus Tour” in the “Subject” line.

March 15, 5 pm – 7 pm, HW 305 – 1265 Military Trail: Social Innovation: Seeds of Change. Are you curious about how innovation might help solve a problem in society that you’re passionate about? That’s awesome because Build Blue and CatalystsX are inviting you to “Social Innovation: Seeds of Change” to give you the chance of meeting like–minded people who are interested in creating the world they want to live in. This is not a lecture or a tutorial, rather it is a dynamic and fun hangout to explore thoughtful and responsible change–making. The FREE event will be hosted by Jay, the Director of Social Innovation & Partnerships at Cx, an organization committed to supporting young change makers. This workshop will be happening at HW 305 (University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC)) *** FREE PIZZA, DRINKS AND SNACKS PROVIDED! ***

March 16, 5 pm – 7 pm Arts and Administration Building, 1265 Military Trail: Financial Literacy & Investment Readiness Tool Workshop. A key skill to social entrepreneurs and innovators is financial literacy and investment. Come and learn from CatalystsX, and come out with a better set of skills and tools to help you with your financial literacy and investment skills. CatalystsX will be providing various tools and knowledge that is necessary to help you improve your financial literacy (such as accounting, finance, investment, budgeting, forecasting, etc.) This FREE workshop will be happening will have *** FREE PIZZA, DRINKS AND SNACKS! *** Interested? Be sure to register through our Eventbrite:

March 16 to 18, Robert Gill Theater, 214 College Steet: African Cinderella.The University of Toronto’s African Studies Course Union is proud to present an ‘African–ized’ version of the classic fairytale Cinderella! This is not the classic Cinderella that you are probably very familiar with. This show will have you doubled over with laughter, falling in love with the characters, and maybe even leave you in some tears! We invite all students at the University of Toronto and the Greater Toronto community to check out our play!

March 17, 9:30 am – 6 pm Charbonnel Lounge 81 St. Mary Steet. Gender Equity and Social Justice in Education Conference. The purpose of this conference is to gather scholars interested in the study of women and gender inequities in education throughout the world. We hope to stimulate discussion surrounding the social, political and economic factors that impede the progressive role of women around the world. Join us as scholars of gender inequities and human rights meet to provoke discussion and thought surrounding these areas. This conference is free and open to all. Please RSVP by Wednesday March 9, 2016. Sponsored by Students for Change and Centre of Inquiry in Liberal Education and Social Justice.

March 22, 12 pm – 2 pm Mindful Discipline (U of T Mississauga). In this two-hour workshop, we will explore how to bring mindfulness into the way we discipline our children. Through a framework of attachment and a focus on the importance of the parenting relationship, we will explore how the process of transmitting self–discipline unfolds. Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and their partners are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

March 30, 5 pm – 7 pm ACM Connects Presents An Arts–Based Approach to Anti–Oppression Pt. 2 with Ella Cooper. Ella Cooper is an award winning multimedia artist, filmmaker, educator, creative facilitator and community organizer. She currently serves as the Equity Program Lead for the arts and equity partnership initiative between SKETCH, Toronto Arts Foundation and the Neighbourhood Arts Network and has been working in the arts and culture sector as both an artist, administrator and educator for the last 15 years. This session is funded by Equity, Diversity and the Arts in the Dept. of Arts, Culture and Media.

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