Symposium on the Importance of Indigenous Education in Ontario Classrooms

The Symposium on the Importance of Indigenous Education in Ontario Classrooms​ took place on Friday, December 7, 2018.

To learn more about the day and the guest speakers, please see the Indigenizing Education article on the UTM News website.

Below is a summary of the day's events:

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Registration & Events

  • Download the printable Agenda at a Glance (PDF), which shows all symposium locations on campus
  • Download the complete Printable Symposium Program (PDF)
  • The FIRE LIT ceremony will begin at sunrise (7:30am): Everyone is welcome
  • Bring your printed ticket to register in the INSTRUCTIONAL BUILDING between 8:30am to 10:00am
  • Dinner tickets can be picked up at registration
  • There will be vendors selling arts and crafts in the hallway of the Instructional building from 8:30am-4:30pm

Break-out sessions (2nd and 3rd floor of the Instructional Building)

All participants will attend TWO break-out sessions. There is no registration for the sessions. Please make four top choices for sessions just in case you do not get into your first choice. Elders will have reserved seating at the front of every session. *We will send all participants a link to resources from every session after the symposium.


Breakfast, lunch & refreshment break are provided by Chartwells Catering (see menus below). For lunch please grab a lunch box and go up to your break-out session to eat.

Breakfast (IB foyer)

Includes Freshly Baked Danish, Muffins, Croissants and Cinnamon Buns, accompanied by Butter, Jams and Jellies. Served with Fresh Fruit Kabob, variety of Chilled Fruit Juice, and Freshly Brewed Coffee and Assorted Herbal Teas.

Healthy Choice Yogurt Berry Parfaits with Low-Fat Vanilla Yogurt, Granola, and Seasonal Berries served in individual Parfait Cups, Breakfast Grain Breads, and LowFat/Bran Muffins with Cream Cheese, Butter, and Fruit Preserves, and Fresh Fruit Platter. Served with Chilled Fruit Juice, Freshly Brewed Coffee, and Assorted Herbal Teas.

Lunch (IB foyer)

Classic Sandwich Boxed Lunch Choices: Classic Sandwich or Wrap, a piece of Fruit, Carrot and Celery Sticks with Dip, two freshly gourmet Cookie for Dessert and a Bottle of Juice. Individually packaged.

  1. Turkey Breast with Cranberry Aioli on Ciabatta
  2. Shaved Beef with Horseradish on Kaiser
  3. California Chicken Salad
  4. Fresh Veggie with Cream Cheese Wrap

Speakers, Elders and their companions will be served lunch on the 3rd floor (IB379, IB385)

Classic Sandwich Platters - a variety of Freshly Baked Breads, stuffed with quality Meats and Fillings and traditional garnishes. Served with Mediterranean Quinoa salad and Market Garden Green Salad. Freshly Baked Cookies and a variety of beverages.

Refreshment Break (IB 2nd & 3rd floor)

Assorted Squares and Cookies served with assorted Bottled Juices, Coffee, assorted Herbal Teas, and Ice Water.


For participants with dinner tickets – dinner will begin at 5:30pm in the Innovation Complex /Kaneff bldg.

We are so fortunate to be able to share a traditional Anishinaabe meal prepared by Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. Please keep in mind there are no accommodations for dietary allergies at this meal.

  • Buffalo Bison Meat, Venison, Fish
  • Wild Rice, Blueberries, Cranberries
  • Small Roasted Baby Potatoes
  • Squash – Spaghetti and Butternut
  • Bannock (Scone Bread)
  • Strawberry Cake
  • Teas – Cedar
  • Water, Strawberry Juice, Coffee

Evening Key Note Address by Senator Murray Sinclair 7:00pm

Location: Instructional Building room 110

Tickets are still available for the evening key note address by Senator Murray Sinclair. You can purchase them on the Eventbrite webpage for the Symposium.

Agenda at a Glance

Please view our printable Agenda at a Glance (PDF) for all locations on campus


If you have any questions or requirements please contact: