Amos Key Jr.

Assistant Professor, Centre for Indigenous Studies and Department of Linguistics

Cheryl  Suzack

Associate Professor, Department of English & Indigenous Studies

Jill Carter

Assistant Professor, Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies; the Transitional Year Programme; and Indigenous Studies

Keren Rice

Interim Director of Centre for Indigenous Studies; University Professor and Chair of Linguistics (University of Toronto); Canada Research Chair, Linguistics and Aboriginal Studies

Rauna Kuokkanen

Associate Professor, Political Science and Indigenous Studies

Ryan DeCaire

Assistant Professor, Centre for Indigenous Studies and Department of Linguistics


Jennifer Murrin

Administrative Coordinator, Centre for Indigenous Studies

Friends of Indigenous 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)

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; Interim Director Indigenous Education Initiative

Centre for Indigenous Studies, University of Toronto

The Medicine Wheel represents the worldview of Anishinaabe people. As a worldview it shows how all life is connected. It begins with the four cardinal directions: north, south, east and west, which articulate the relationship of humans to earth, sky, fire and water. Anishinaabe teaching, the seven grandfather teachings, the good life teachings, the spiritual belief system and the stories are all contained in the wheel. It also represents the medical paradigm of the Anishinaabe people in which illness is viewed as an imbalance within the body in its connection to the heart, spirit and mind. More than that, the Medicine Wheel is also a methodology, a way of arriving at an understanding of a being, phenomena, or an event as it constitutes a way of tracking a being’s journey, examining its connections with other beings, determining the influences of events/others/obstacles had on its journey and charting a way to restore balance or maintain balance as the case may be. In a sense, as both a worldview, a paradigm and an analytical methodology, the wheel becomes a sphere within which all spiritual and physical life can be understood in and of itself and in relation to all other beings. Lastly, it is a means by which many people can participate in understanding, studying, or discovering life, phenomena, ceremony or experience spirit-to-spirit connection. Lee Maracle Sto:Loh Nation ABS Instructor
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