Teaching Assistants' Training Program

Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation, 130 St. George Street, Robarts Library, 4th floor

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Decolonizing the Syllabus – POSTPONED, DATE TBD

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT


Tuesday, March 31, 2020
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT


In December 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada released its Final Report, which included 94 “Calls to Action” for federal, provincial, territorial and Aboriginal government agencies, institutions, and peoples alike. In academic spaces, land acknowledgements, strategies to “Indigenize,” and calls to “decolonize” are common throughout the disciplines. Decolonization is not a metaphor, but as TAs we can acknowledge our role in (settler) colonialism and the oppression of Indigenous people in Canada, educate ourselves and our students, and learn anti-oppressive teaching and research strategies. In this workshop, participants will acknowledge their role in dominant settler culture through a discussion of how universities like UofT have contributed to the dispossession of Indigenous ideas and lands. Participants will also learn the differences between “decolonization” and “inclusion.” This workshop will provide structured group time for co-learning about how each discipline  benefits from and perpetuates (settler) colonialism. Participants will leave this workshop with a list of anti-oppressive teaching practices and strategies that can be utilized across the disciplines, in classrooms, tutorials, and labs. 


130 St. George St. Toronto ON Blackburn Room, 4th Floor Robarts Library