Royal Ontario Museum: Indigenous Professional Learning Workshop

 Indigenous Professional Learning Workshop

Join us on Monday, June 10th for full-day experiential learning experience at the Royal Ontario Museum!

Registration is now OPEN for Royal Ontario Museum: Indigenous Professional Learning Workshop​. Email mariana.villadarivera@utoronto.ca to register.

*This opportunity is open to ALL UTM community members. Please note this opportunity has limited spots and access will be granted on a first come, first serve basis.

What is the Royal Ontario Museum: Indigenous Professional Learning Workshop?

The Royal Ontario Museum: Indigenous Professional Learning Workshop is an opportunity for UTM community members to engage in a customized full-day Indigenous learning and professional development experience. The day will consist of a guided tour and a workshop facilitated on-site by the Royal Ontario Museum. 

The purpose of the Indigenous Professional Learning Workshop is to build awareness of the historic and contemporary relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada among the UTM community. This initiatve seeks to engage participants in critical thinking and discussions that inspire future and ongoing conversations and reflections surrounding relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada.


Overview of Guided Tour

Participants will engage in a two-hour guided tour of the Daphne Cockwell Gallery dedicated to First Peoples art & culture. The Daphne Cockwell Gallery features more than 1,000 objects that provide a cultural context and examine the economic and social forces that have influenced Indigenous culture and art in Canada from Pre-European times to present day.

Participants will have the opportunity to explore a rich cultural legacy embodied in objects devoted to travel, subsistence, family life, the spiritual world, and artistic expressions. Space devoted to rotating exhibitions brings First Peoples contemporary works into focus and multimedia spaces allow visitors to hear and savour their rich oral culture. Included is a circular theatre devoted to the screening of films and live performances by First Peoples. 

Learn more about the Daphne Cockwell Gallery dedicated to First Peoples art & culture here (external link).


Overview of Professional Learning Workshop

The ROM is in a leadership position as a provincial and cross-sector resource that is responsive to the growing need for professional learning.  The ROM provides a unique opportunity for participants to build their capacity to meet the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action.

Through the workshop component of the day, participants will be able to make linkages between their intercultural competency learning needs and Indigenous ancestral objects. Topics that will be covered in the workshop include:

  • Colonial history
  • Respectful terminology
  • Stereotypes/bias
  • Historical and contemporary contributions
  • Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and Calls to Action
  • Appreciation vs. appropriation          
  • The process of allyship 

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Overview of the Day - MONDAY, JUNE 10 2019

  • 9:00 am - meet at the UTM Shuttle Bus Stop (in front of the Instructional Centre)
  • 9:15 am - board the UTM Shuttle Bus to Hart House at UofT St. George Campus
  • 10:45 am - arrive at Hart House / UofT St. George Campus, walk together to the Royal Ontario Museum (8 minute walk)
  • 11:00 am - arrive at the Royal Ontario Museum, check in for full-day session
  • 11:15 - 1:15 pm - guided tour of Daphne Cockwell Gallery Exhibit
  • 1:15 – 2:15 pm – break (participants are free to have lunch, explore museum, etc.)
  • 2:15 – 4:15 pm – Indigenous Professional Development Learning Workshop in the museum’s Lab
  • 4:15 pm – walk back to Hart House
  • 4:35 pm – board Shuttle Bus and depart back to UTM
  • 5:45 pm – arrive back at UTM (ETA)

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

  • This opportunity is free for all registered participants. 
  • Participants travelling on the shuttle bus will have their fare(s) covered by the Centre for Student Engagement.
  • Lunch and refreshments will NOT be provided.
  • Participants may find their own transportation to and from the Royal Ontario Museum or meet the Centre for Student Engagement staff on the morning of the event to travel together on the UTM Shuttle Bus.
  • Participants travelling on their own should arrive at the ROM at 11:00 am and are free to remain at the ROM after the group departs until closing (5:20 pm).
  • Participants must keep their valuables safe. The Centre for Student Engagement is not responsible for any lost or stolen items.

BEFORE YOU VISIT:

Registered participants must view the following video prior to arriving at the ROM:

 

 

 

Our Voices, Our Histories - Timeline Resource

Access the Our Voices, Our Histories timeline resource here.

The Our Voices, Our Histories timeline resource was developed as part of the ROM Learning Department’s efforts to infuse Indigenous knowledge and perspectives into the Museum’s educational and outreach programming.  The ROM seeks to share balanced accounts of history in Canada that support the Ontario curriculum in First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Studies, and the Calls to Action specific to Education for Reconciliation as recommended by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Learn more here.

 

Inquiries:

For all inquiries regarding the Royal Ontario Museum: Indigenous Professional Learning Workshop offered by the Centre for Student Engagement, please contact:

Mariana Villada Rivera
Access and Outreach Programs Assistant, Centre for Student Engagement 
University of Toronto Mississauga, Davis Building Room 2092 (map)