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February 06, 2024
Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU)’s Indigenous Education Council (IEC) identifies two important steps to support the success of Indigenous students in postsecondary education. The first is the need for more Indigenous curriculum and programming. The second is to engage First Nations, Métis and Inuit faculty and students in learning and research on Indigenous topics.
TMU faculty who received funding from the Curriculum Development Fund this past year are working on many fronts to address these steps. Their projects are helping TRSM students work with Indigenous high school students to show them the possibilities of post-secondary education; creating an Indigenous-informed academic calendar; finding resources to enhance anti-Indigenous racism in creative arts practices with children; and incorporating Indigenous knowledge into the School of Early Childhood Studies.
Formed in 2010, the IEC is responsible for guiding, developing and leading Indigenous education at TMU and is also responsible for administering the Curriculum Development Fund. Each year, through this program, funding is awarded to faculties and departments across the university to develop and embed Indigenous content within their curriculum.
“The IEC believes that the next seven generations of Indigenous Peoples will have greater opportunities and success in education at TMU through initiatives that are driven by Indigenous needs and values,” says Joanne Dallaire, Elder (Ke Shay Hayo) and senior advisor of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, and chair of the Indigenous Education Council. “It’s so important that this work is being done at the faculty member level as it will have a direct impact on current and future TMU students.”