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Miyopin Cheechoo, a first-year student studying humanities, was the head female dancer at the U of T powwow organized by the Indigenous Studies Students’ Union earlier this year. Photo by Nick Iwanyshyn
Good morning.
Today is National Indigenous Peoples Day. In recognition of the contributions of Indigenous peoples in the U of T community, we are highlighting some stories about Indigenous excellence and research in this edition of the Bulletin Brief.
Health and education
Diane Hill. Photo by Tina Adamopoulos
Diane Hill is passionate about improving Indigenous access to health care and education. The recent U of T Scarborough graduate is a member of the Oneida Nation of the Thames First Nations and says her lifelong goal is to help improve the education system in her community. Hill was a recipient of the Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award this year and will go on to pursue a Master of Arts in social justice education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at U of T.
• U of T Mississauga’s Tracey Galloway, whose work is rooted in reconciliation, encourages non-Indigenous Canadians to form face-to-face relationships with Indigenous people. She conducts health-focused research with northern Indigenous populations in Canada – a career path that started when she was an ICU nurse in London, Ont. Hear more about her work in the latest episode of the VIEW to the U podcast.
Connecting through art
Animikiik’otcii Maakaai (centre). Photo by @hellomynameisalan
Animikiik’otcii Maakaai, U of T Scarborough’s first Indigenous artist-in-residence, recently debuted her first solo exhibit at Gallery 1265. As part of her residency, Maakaai had the opportunity to experiment with different media such as digital, paint and sculpture. The exhibit that she put together featured works in oil pastels, chalk and audio recordings and traced the impact that ceremony has had on her life.
• U of T Scarborough staff member Juanita Muise says the Mi’kmaq Friendship Song helped connect her to her community in Newfoundland. Muise, who is from the Qalipu First Nation, first heard the song in the early 1990s – the first time she said she felt connected to her Mi’kmaq culture. Hear her perform the song and discuss the importance of music in developing cultural connections.
Honorary degrees
Mark Tewksbury received an honorary degree for his “excellence in sport, as a record-breaking swimmer, athlete advocate, LGBTQ human rights advocate and role model.” The Olympic champion and broadcaster is a spokesperson for the Children’s Miracle Network, AIDS Walk Canada and the Special Olympics, where he is the chair of its advisory board.
Nathan Leipciger received an honorary degree for his “outstanding service to the public good as an educator, witness to the past and champion for justice.” A survivor of the Holocaust, the engineering alumnus’s message to the Class of 2019 is to examine their own prejudices with insight and truth.

The 411 for staff and faculty

Visit U of T’s online Indigenous portal. It’s where you can find information about elders, Indigenous faculty as well as protocols for smudging ceremonies and land acknowledgments.
The Doris McCarthy Gallery at U of T Scarborough is seeking applicants for its 2019-20 Indigenous Youth Artist-in-Residence program. The residency is in collaboration with the Native Child and Family Services of Toronto’s 7th Generation Image Makers program. The application deadline is July 15.
Jonathan Hamilton-Diabo, currently the director of Indigenous initiatives, has been appointed assistant professor and special advisor to the president of Victoria University on Indigenous issues. As he transitions into his new role, U of T is seeking an incumbent to oversee operations at the Office of Indigenous Initiatives.
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Don’t miss it!

Photo by Nick Iwanyshyn
The Indigenous Centre at U of T Mississauga holds regular drop-ins for traditional smudging twice a week. Community members are invited to stop by to share in the ceremony.

• U of T’s Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health will be supporting two upcoming community events in Toronto: Hart House and Art Museum at the University of Toronto have awarded the 2019 Hart House Centennial Commission to artists Rebecca Belmore and Osvaldo Yero. The sculpture, entitled Adoopoowiningemuh Waabandizo (seeing yourself at the table), will be unveiled on Nov. 12.

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Pioneering practitioner

Oronhyatekha, which translates to “Burning Sky” or “Burning Cloud” in the Mohawk language, was the first Indigenous student from U of T to become a practising doctor and the second in Canada.

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Visit the research honours and awards and research funding opportunities websites for upcoming awards and grant opportunities.

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