Royal Ontario Museum: Indigenous Professional Learning Workshop
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 and 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.
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
- Historical and contemporary contributions
- Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and Calls to Action
- Appreciation vs. appropriation
- The process of allyship
- 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 10 a.m. and are free to remain at the ROM after the group departs until closing (5:20 p.m.).
- 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
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.
For all inquiries regarding the Royal Ontario Museum: Indigenous Professional Learning Workshop offered by the Centre for Student Engagement, please contact:
- Room 2095, William G. Davis Building (Find us on a map here!)
- Phone: 905-828-3962
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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