Location: Delta Hotel Toronto Airport & Conference Centre in Toronto
Theme: Connected by Complexity & Design
April 6, 2019 – Pre-Conference Workshops (optional)
April 7 – 9, 2019 – National Leaders Conference
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Sunday, April 7 • 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Catalytic Conversation: Indigenizing Education - First Steps

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The Truth and Reconciliation Commission calls for the incorporation of Indigenous perspectives within mainstream curriculum as a way to contend with Canada's colonial history, and to improve relations between Indigenous and Canadian citizens, but enactment of this policy is hindered by persisting colonial perspectives within society that have shaped the way Canadian educators think. In order to move forward effectively we must undergo a paradigm shift that requires an honest understanding of Canada's past. In this session, an educator will share her graduate research and personal narrative as a descendant of founding settlers and Indigenous leaders at the time of contact. An examination of historical policies that have shaped the collective conscience of Canadian society will provide insight to why inequality between Indigenous and Canadian citizens persists. Participants will learn how to recognize and disrupt patterns of thinking that undermine well intentioned efforts toward reconciliation, while learning about the nation-to-nation agreements that enabled the formation of Canada, and exploring what their responsibilities might be when living and working on Indigenous territories today. Examples of classroom practices that aim to honour the spirit and intent of the treaties by working within respectful relationships will be shared.

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Janet Csontos

Educator, Janet Csontos
Janet is a Toronto educator with mixed European and Indigenous ancestry. She has worked as a sessional lecturer at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto, as a curriculum developer, assistant curriculum leader, and secondary teacher in the... Read More →

Sunday April 7, 2019 1:15pm - 2:45pm

Attendees (10)