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Indigenous Learning & Knowledge

The Faculty of Arts & Science is committed to supporting an inclusive community at the University of Toronto where Indigenous Peoples are proud to work and study. 

Centre for Indigenous Studies (CIS)

The Centre for Indigenous Studies offers an interdisciplinary undergraduate program with a Specialist, Major and Minor in Aboriginal Studies. Courses promote respectful understanding of Indigenous Peoples’ languages (Anishinaabemowin, Mohawk and Inuktitut), knowledge, cultures, histories, politics, arts, intellectual traditions and research methodologies. Visit the Centre for Indigenous Studies to learn more or apply.

Investing in Indigenous Research, Teaching & Learning

In 2019-2020, five new Indigenous faculty members joined the Faculty of Arts & Science's largest cohort to date. The Faculty is also focused on increasing access to Indigenous programming and exchange opportunities at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Indigenous-related research, teaching and curricular opportunities are available through the Dean’s International and Indigenous Initiatives Fund, the Research Excursion Programs, the Undergraduate Research Fund and the Dean’s Student Initiatives Fund.

Advisory Committee

As the largest academic unit at U of T, the Faculty has an obligation to play a leading role in advancing Indigenous initiatives on this campus. The Faculty has established an Advisory Committee on Indigenous Teaching & Learning to review, assess and help guide the implementation of the Report by the Decanal Working Group on Indigenous Teaching and Learning. The Committee will also advise on Indigenous initiatives and facilitate consultations and communications on initiatives beyond Arts & Science.

Orange Shirt Day

Orange Shirt Day on September 30 is a day to honour the children who went to residential schools and to learn about the legacy of the residential school system. This year, September 30 has also been recognized by the federal government as the annual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. To mark this day, A&S has compiled a collection of resources and events to encourage individual and collective learning, reflection and action with respect to the legacy of the residential school system.

Learn more about these and other initiatives in this timeline overview of Indigenous learning & knowledge in the Faculty of Arts & Science.