Welcome to
Wiidookaadying Gikinoomaagewin: Gindaaswin Kendaaswin
Relationships and Reciprocity: Indigenous Education and Mathematics Conference

With the support of a SSHRC Indigenous Research Capacity and Reconciliation Connection Grant, we are pleased to welcome you to the three day Indigenous Education and Mathematics Conference at the Lakehead University Orillia Campus, 500 University Avenue. This event is for 200 participants including community Elders, knowledge keepers and leaders, educators and administrators from across the province.

The conference provides an opportunity to explore and discuss the First Nations & M├ętis Math Voices Project, a comprehensive, long-term, multi-site project that has taken place in elementary classrooms around the province. This conference will be a forum for everyone to develop relationships, and share experiences, practice, knowledge and ideas about connections between the mathematical content knowledge of the Ontario curriculum and the mathematics inherent in Indigenous technology, design, and artistry. Although the content focus for this conference will centre on mathematics instruction, we will also consider how this work can be extended more broadly in education.

Conference activities will include:

Hands-On Workshops

Keynote Addresses

Lisa Lunney Borden

Colinda Clyne (left) and Pamala Agawa (right)

Dibaajmotaadying: Facilitated Conversations

There are three main goals for this conference:

  1. Engage Indigenous Knowledge through highlighting the research created by Indigenous research partners, supporting the participation of additional community members, and extending our understanding of Indigenous knowledge systems to further enhance our conception of reconciliation through education.
  2. Mobilize Knowledge and Partnerships for Reconciliation through sharing experiences and the lessons we have learned in our multi-year study including our cyclical approach to working with community, the resulting culturally responsive approaches to instruction, and learning about conducting classroom-based Indigenous education research.
  3. Foster Mutually Respectful Relationships by integrating Indigenous discourse and practices into the process of multi-directional knowledge creation and dissemination to deepen respectful and reciprocal relationships among Indigenous Elders, artists, educators and non-Indigenous educators over the three days.

We wish you all a wonderful learning experience!