People

Faculty

Alana Johns

Director, Aboriginal Studies Program; Professor, Linguistics

Rauna Kuokkanen

Associate Professor, Political Science and Aboriginal Studies

Staff

Connor Pion

Coordinator, Indigenous Language Initiative

Ramona Reece

Coordinator, Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (SAGE)

Taylor MacLean

Communications Coordinator, Centre for Aboriginal Initiatives

Friends of Aboriginal Studies

Amanda Sheppard

Director, Collaborative Program in Aboriginal Health, University of Toronto

Jean-Paul Restoule

Associate Professor, Leadership, Higher and Adult Education (OISE - University of Toronto)

Keren Rice

University Professor and Chair of Linguistics (University of Toronto); Canada Research Chair, Linguistics and Aboriginal Studies

Krista Maxwell

Assistant Professor, Anthropology (University of Toronto)

Martin Cannon

Assistant Professor of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Social Justice Education (OISE - University of Toronto)

Melanie J. Newton

Associate Professor, History; Director, Caribbean Studies Program (University of Toronto)

Suzanne Stewart

Associate Professor of Indigenous Healing in Counselling Psychology, OISE; Special Advisor the Dean on Aboriginal Education; Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Homelessness & Life Transitions; Chair of the Indigenous Education Network

Aboriginal Studies Program, University of Toronto

The Eagle Feather design was chosen to represent balance, sharing, knowledge and vision, all of which are important values to the Aboriginal Studies Program at the University of Toronto. The arrows outward and inward represent learning and teaching that expands from the past into the present, and moves towards the future from the centre, which is a Medicine Wheel. The Medicine Wheel represents many concepts including the four directions, seasons, the life cycle, and all nations of people. The colours white, yellow, red and black represent the unity of all nations, encouraging us to work together in kindness and respect, and to move all of life forward in a good way...
The medicine wheel represents a holistic, traditional knowledge approach to education, which is at the heart of the Aboriginal Studies Program. The seven circles represent the Seven Grandfathers teachings, Seven Generations, and also the Seven Stages of Life. The blue represents the sky realm where the Eagle travels in the four directions ensuring that Aboriginal ways of life and knowing are protected and strengthened. The Eagle exemplifies recognition for the work done by individuals, families, communities and nations with the gift of one of its feathers. To be gifted an Eagle Feather is considered the highest honour. It also represents humility and respect. The Aboriginal Studies Program at the University of Toronto is recognized for providing excellence in teaching and enabling student achievements, as well as acknowledging its responsibility to strengthen and maintain community partnerships through teaching, learning and research initiatives.

Debby Danard Wilson
Rainy River First Nations
Aboriginal Studies Alumnae and Visual Artist