Indigenous Initiatives

Indigenous Initiatives

Click here to discover events and initiatives celebrating National Indigenous History Month on campus in June!

What are Indigenous Initiatives?

Indigenous Initiatives at the Centre for Student Engagement are learning opportunities created in collaboration with the Equity and Diversity Office and UTM Indigenous Centre and are open to ALL UTM community members to engage in.

Indigenous Initiatives seek to help promote the equity and inclusion of Indigenous peoples, contributing to a more welcoming and inclusive community on campus. Opportunities are created with the purpose of:

  • Building awareness of and sharing the historic and contemporary relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada
  • Celebrating and promoting a deeper understanding of Indigenous cultures, contributions, philosophies, traditional practices, spiritual ways and concepts of relationship building
  • Establishing safe spaces to engage in critical thinking and discussions that inspire ongoing reflections and conversations surrounding the topics of colonial history and impact, stereotypes and bias, appreciation, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action and the process of allyship.

Knowledge of the above and the removal of stereotypical imagery are essential to developing and furthering intercultural dialogue and improving cultural competency.


Opportunities for 2019-20

Learn more about our current Indigenous Initiatives by clicking the links below:


Building Partnerships

To develop new initiatives, we encourage partners and groups in the campus and local community to connect with us to explore ways we can work together. Our goal is to provide these opportunities at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) and in the local community.

We invite schools, parents and families, local community organizations, and UTM community partners, mentors and student groups to explore how we can work together.

If you are interested in partnering with the Centre for Student Engagement on Indigenous Initiatives, please fill out this form.


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Upcoming Events - June 2019

June is National Indigenous History Month, started in 2009 with the passing of a unanimous motion in the House of Commons.

June 21st is National Indigenous Peoples Day, a day to recognize and celebrate the heritage, cultures and contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. June 21st is also the summer solstice, which has been celebrated by many Indigenous peoples and communities for generations. 

Learn more about National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples Day here.


Calendar of Events: National Indigenous History Month

June 2019 

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Social Media Initiatives

Follow along on our social media for a campaign celebrating National Indigenous History Month throughout June! This campaign will consist of multiple posts throughout the month on social platforms including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and digital signage across campus TV screens with the intent of bringing awareness to and celebrating Indigenous culture, in addition to acknowledging several injustices within Indigenous history in Canada.

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Inquiries:

For all inquiries regarding Indigenous Initiatives at the Centre for Student Engagement, please contact:

Martin Kengo
Community Engagement Coordinator, Access and Outreach