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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Events for Week of February 24 until March 6, 2014


Monday February 24- February 28, 2014- Indigenous Education Week @ First Nations House This year, we are honoured to welcome Dr. Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Professor of Indigenous Education at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand. Dr. Smith will discuss ground breaking work in Maori education as well as her seminal book, Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples.

Additional guests for the week include Mississauga Anishinaabe scholar Leanne Betasamosake Simpson who will be reading from her debut collection of short stories, Islands of Decolonial Love. First Nations House is also pleased to welcome internationally recognized Indigenous scholar Dr. Filiberto Penados. Renowned orator, writer, and Traditional Teacher Lee Maracle and FNH Elder-in-Residence Andrew Wesley will be offering open teachings throughout the week.

Tuesday February 25, 2014-12:45pm-2:30pm- Troubling Territories: Poetics, Politics and the Queerness of Place.
As part of its ongoing Equity Seminar Series, The Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University and Accessibility Community Equity at YorkU proudly presents: "Troubling Territories: Poetics, Politics, and the Queerness of Place," a lecture and dialogue on racialized geographies, visual and performance art, and activism with Professor Katherine McKittrick (Gender Studies, Queen's University). Health, Nursing, Environmental Studies Building (HNES)
Room 140
York University
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario

*** ASL interpretation will be provided ***
*** The venue is wheelchair accessible. ***

Thursday February 27, 2014-6pm- Palestine Solidarity on Campus YUGSA Council Meeting Speaker Series- 6pm-The York University Graduate Students' Association is inviting all graduate students to its February council meeting. This month's council meeting will feature a presentation titled "Palestine Solidarity on Campus."

Presentation description:
This month's speaker series includes presentations by Aidan MacDonald (Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid) and Dan O'Hara (PhD Student in Political Science and Students Against Israeli Apartheid at York University). The presentation will include an overview and importance of the global Boycott Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel and the ways in which graduate students can contribute to the divestment campaign launched at York University.

Timing: The YUGSA Council meeting starts at 5:30pm. The presentation will start at 6pm.

Please note: All graduate students are welcome to attend YUGSA council meetings. Please note however, only councilors may vote in the meeting itself. For more information on monthly YUGSA council meetings, please visit

Thursday Feb 27, 2014-8pm Rae Spoon, Cris Derksen and Light Fires in Toronto at the Rivoli

Rae Spoon returns to Toronto to play material off of their past four albums:

Cris Derksen delivers a dance party with a cello and a drum machine:

Regina of Light Fires brings the high kicks and pop hits:

$12 at the door (No one turned away)

The show space is wheelchair accessible. Accessible washroom behind the sound person. The Rivoli is at 334 Queen Street West.

Thursday February 27, 2014-3-4pm 12th Annual  All Nations Pow Wow& Gathering York University Student Centre

Official Opening and Prayer

Wiidaaseh - Beat Boxer
Migize - Beat Boxer
Jay Robi - Hip Hop Artist
Isaac Weber - Graffiti Artist

Saturday March 1, 2014-12pm-5pm- 12th Annual Pow wow and Education Career Fair @ York University by CASS (Centre for Aboriginal Student Services) Vari Hall, 4700 Keele Street
Smoke Trail Singers- Host Drum
Charging Horse- Co-host Drum
Old Mush Singers-Water Drum

March 4-6 2014-10am-6pm- Urban Indigenous Teaching Symposium @ the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto
Join us for a 3 day symposium on Indigenous identity and culture in the city. Register now, limited space available.
Students & Youth - Free
Adults - $20.00
Seniors - $10.00
Drum Making
- $70.00
Moccasin Making - $55.00
Bundle Making - $35.00

Please contact Reception at the Native Canadian Centre to Register - 416-964-9087 or

Tuesday March 4
6:30/7:00 a.m. Sunrise Ceremony, Light Sacred Fire, Breakfast
10:00 – noon
Panel: Navigating and demystifying protocols for conducting research in Indigenous communities while simultaneously meeting university ethics board requirements
Noon – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 3:00 Workshops
Drum making
Presentation of Student Papers
3:00—3:30 Break
3:30 – 5:30
Traditional Teachings
And Keynote Presentations
Indigenous laws & governance:
Clan Teachings in the urban context
5:30 – 6:00 Closing

March 5 – Wednesday
Continental Breakfast
10:00 – noon
Panel: Language matters
Noon – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 3:00 Workshops
Moccasin making
Presentation of Student Papers

3:00—3:30 Break
3:30 – 5:30
Traditional Teachings
And Keynote Presentations
Indigenous Representation in the Mass Media

5:30 – 6:00 Closing

March 6 – Thursday

Continental Breakfast
10:00 – noon
Panel: The Relevance of Creation/Origin Stories in Contemporary times
Noon – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 3:00 Workshops
Bundle making
Presentation of Student Papers

3:00—3:30 Break
3:30 – 5:30
Traditional Teachings
And Keynote Presentations
How traditional roles of Men & Women translate to
contemporary realities

5:30 – 6:00 Closing
6:00 – 9:00
Feast Sacred Items

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