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Indigenous Student Awards and Public Lecture

May 2, 2024 — 

The public lecture titled “Centering Indigenous Cultural Safety and Ethical Space in Reconciliation Education” explores the topic of IRCs generally and findings of the research study specifically. Guiding the discussion is Dr. Melanie Janzen, Associate Dean Graduate Programs and Research.

The project is supported by an Insight Development Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SHRC). The SSHRC was awarded to Dr. Jennifer Brant as lead of the project and Dr. Frank Deer, Associate Dean Indigenous Education as co-lead. The research study is a collaboration between researchers from University of Toronto, University of Manitoba, Lakehead University, and the Simon Fraser University.

The study, entitled “Indigenous Student Experiences Post TRC: Indigenous Requirement Courses in Teacher Education” examines the experiences of Indigenous instructors of Indigenous Requirement Courses (IRC) with an emphasis on cultural safety, as well as the experiences of Indigenous students enrolled in IRCs. The research study investigates the pedagogical implications and possibilities of IRCs as an effective response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s (TRC) Calls to Action and the host institution’s commitment to Indigenization.

“This study will fill the gap by gathering educational narratives of Indigenous students in mandatory Indigenous content courses in three Canadian university teacher education programs in Manitoba and northern Ontario. This study involved interviews with course instructors to gather insights about pedagogical strategies within these courses”, explains Dr. Jennifer Brant Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.

This event will explore the topic of IRCs generally and the findings of our study specifically. Our research story calls upon faculties of education to foster Indigenous cultural safety and align with the ethical imperatives of reconciliatory education.

Centering Indigenous Cultural Safety and Ethical Space in Reconciliation Education

Monday, May 13, 2024

5:30 – 8:00pm

This is a hybrid event

Room 290, Education Building & Zoom

If you wish to attend in-person, please register at 

If you wish via Zoom, please register at 

The evening will begin with an award ceremony celebrating Indigenous students from the Faculty of Education.

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