Our Partners

These organizations have educational programming partnership agreements, to provide programming in schools during instructional time. To find programming of interest to you, search by keyword or sort the list order by clicking on any column title. (Please note: after-school programs operate through Permits.

Reach Toronto Autism Services for Youth Financial Literacy Training for Special NeedsThis financial literacy workshop is specifically for MID classes for students to develop transitional life skills. Many interactive tools are used in this activity-based learning environment including videos, discussions, scenarios and hands-on worksheets. This workshop helps students to gain the necessary tools and skills to deal with money matters in life. With the help of the facilitator, students develop a financial plan of action at the end of the workshop series. Topics include money basics, banking and accounts; savings, bill payment and debt; budget basics; and budget review and pitfalls to avoid.
Crescendo FinancialA+ Money GradThis financial literacy workshop series teaches the fundamentals of successful money management. Students will be given 'mock-money' to invest in a variety of scenarios to learn about financial planning, investing and spending. The topics include: "Too cool for school: A review of post-secondary education funding options with pros and cons"; "This is Your Life: An exercise in successful cash flow planning"; "MoneyBall: A lesson in investments and investing"; and "Myth Busters: Busting the myths of perceived financial success".
DrumFIT Inc.DrumDAYThis fitness workshop uses drumsticks on fitness balls to produce a fun, fast-paced, high intensity program that combines mental health benefits of drumming with the overall health benefits of physical fitness. This non-competitive workshop combines music, dance, rhythm, movement and drumming. The routines incorporate patterning, Brain Gym activities, polyrhythms, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skill building, and spatial awareness. Students not only learn drumming and dance movements but they increase their strength and endurance. Through the collective drumming, classes can use drumming as a way to build community spirit.
Seedling StoriesHands in the GardenThis food and garden program allows students to get their hands dirty while gardening, growing food, and learning about the natural environment and sustainability. Students learn and explore plant life cycles, biodiversity, composting, garden creatures, measuring and mapping garden beds, people involved in the food system, harvesting and creating simple snacks, and writing poems and creating skits about the garden. Through this hands-on program, students apply concepts they have learned in class in practical and direct ways. With a variety of workshops to choose from, this program is suitable for early years and elementary students and is offered in both French and English. Many of the workshops offered by this program do not require schools to have a garden and are available throughout the school year. Curriculum resources are available to support teachers.
Ballet JorgenBallet 101This free and interactive ballet workshop introduces students to the performing arts and history of classical dance. Students witness high-quality professional dance while also learning the history of ballet, and how dance is used as a storytelling medium. Excerpts from ballets performed by 3-6 professional dancers, inspire, enrich, and connect with students as they learn basic ballet positions, and explore and discover their own unique ways of creatively conveying their emotions through movement and choreography.
Dairy Farmers of OntarioDairy EducationThis free presentation provides students an opportunity to discover a variety of aspects to the dairy industry. Delivered by a trained dairy educator, presentation uses songs, experiments, hands-on props, games, SMART Board activities and videos. Five topics are available which include how cows produce milk, tools and technology and structures unique to dairy farming, how milk is processed into milk and other food products, health benefits and nutrition of milk, and careers in the dairy and agriculture industry. Presentation materials are available in English and French.
KiPOW! CanadaKiPOW! Canada Health Initiative This free program discusses fundamental aspects of health such as water consumption, healthy eating and maintaining a balanced lifestyle. Delivered by post-secondary students in science, this interactive program uses games and activities to dive into myths about health, preventing illness, and choosing the right foods. Snacks are also provided to model healthy food options. Topics covered include: importance of water, food requirements, reading nutrition labels, macronutrients and micronutrients, serving and portion size, in depth look at food groups, body image, sleep and physical activity. Resources are provided for students to monitor their progress.
Jane/Finch Community and Family CentreFields to ParksThis free program enhances ecological literacy through a park design project for select elementary schools in Learning Centre 2. Students learn design components of a public space as well as equitable, ecological and sustainable models to address community need. Students identify problems in their local park using a design-thinking process and facilitators guide students to take concrete steps to address the issues and work to a solution. Program entails exploring and documenting the space (photography and sketching), creating surveys for class participation, sketching a prototype of their impact project, and presentation of the impact project to the school community. To help schools build capacity following project completion, facilitators support teachers to expand or modify the program in the second year and have regular check-ins. Teacher resources and lesson plans are available.
Epiphany of DanceDance and Stay ActiveThis free workshop explores fundamental dance concepts and choreography in modern dance, hip hop and jazz to selected elementary schools. Students learn the creative process, composition of simple dance phrases and sequences as well as historical context of the dance. Workshops will focus on a particular style for students to learn dance elements, techniques and choreography that is age appropriate. Students will have the opportunity to use movement to express themselves and to learn to communicate feelings and ideas through dance.
PuppeteriaThe Know Me ProjectThis hands-on and interactive workshop addresses the value of diversity in society, the importance of tolerance, and the power of sharing and listening to one’s voice/story. A combination of sock puppets and shadow puppetry are used to deliver and reinforce key messages. Students make and use their own sock puppet and develop a sense of “who I am and who we are”.
Peach BerserkFabric Design and SilkscreenThis hands-on arts workshop introduces students to fabric design and screen printing by up-cycling students’ own clothes. Facilitators teach ways to design a print, fabric design process and the basics of photo emulsion screen printing as well as information on the design and fashion industry. Students create their own designs on paper, transfer their design onto a piece of pre-owned garment to create a small silkscreen product at the end of the workshop. Facilitator assists schools to setup a simple screen print studio for students to continue the learning.
U Can Do It !Woodworking DIYThis hands-on workshop provides students basic building principles while constructing a woodworking project. Students develop their co-ordination, use easy-to-follow plans, practise with hand tools to complete projects such as windmills, paddle boats, tower cranes mechanical butterflies, motion machines and robotic arms. Facilitator provides all equipment, materials and designs and teaches safety rules on proper use of tools (sandpaper, child-sized hammer and nails). Instructions are taught in a step-by-step fashion for early years and elementary students. Workshop is age appropriate and is also offered in French.
Techzenik Robotics & Information SystemSTEMatize SchoolsThis hands-on workshop provides students with building blocks and materials to create, design, program, build and operate a Robot. Workshop provides access to new technologies and information on how to utilize them. Students solve real world problems through automating a small Robot and programming them to perform simple tasks. Older students use advanced sensors and program blocks to accomplish complex and detailed tasks and sequences. Students also learn effective programming techniques and language, utilize mathematical, problem solving and logical skills to create and code applications. List of workshops available: Robotics - LEGO We-Do 1 & 2, Minstorms EV3 Beginners & Advanced, VeX IQ, VeX EDR; Electronics and Computer Engineering - Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Build Your Own Computer; Programming - Programming and Designing with Python, Programming with Java, Build Your Own App using Android Studio, Creative Technology - Adobe Photoshop, 2D Animation, 3D Animation.
Vujade Entertainment Inc.Creature ShopThis hands-on workshop teaches students motion picture special effect techniques to create their own animatronic creation. Students handle and explore the simple machines that give the illusion that puppets are alive including mechanical pulleys, push-pull rods, gears and gear chains. Students learn different kinds of special effects, comparing computer generated effects to floor effects. Students build their own animatronic creation to participate in a challenge in stacking a pyramid of wooden blocks. After the workshop, students keep their own creations.
Cajuca Mas Arts ProducersCarnival ArtsThis hands-on workshop tells the history and origins of Caribbean Carnival and teaches techniques of costume creation to students. Facilitators will share African and multicultural influences on the Carnival Arts, explain folklore, tales and stories, and explain the various creations including masks, costumes and characters. Students will identify with their own cultural identity, explore what Carnival means to them and personally interpret what they have learned through design. The workshop series provides an opportunity for students to design and create their own costume which culminates in students performing as the character in their costume and participating in a mini-parade.
Wushu Project Inc.Chinese Dragon and Lion DanceThis high-energy and culturally rich dance workshop explores effective team building and communication through Chinese dragon dance and performance. Students learn how to physically manipulate the different segments of the dragon, dragon techniques, drills and dance movement to bring the dragon costume to life. Once the dance routines are learned, students create choreography which culminates in a performance to the school community. Lion dance presentation is also available for Asian History and Chinese Heritage Months and Chinese New Year celebrations.
Hands on Exotics Inc.Amazing Living World of BirdsThis highly interactive presentation takes students on an avian tour around the world using a variety of species of birds. By being presented with multiple species of birds up close and personal, students hold, pet, feed and observe the animals' behaviours and traits. Trained facilitators guide students through the inquiry process to come to conclusions themselves about diet and habitat by examining the different beak shapes, toe formations, feathers, colours and size. In addition, students learn about native species of birds including every day good habits they can follow to be good neighbours to our wildlife, how to help with backyard conservation as well as discuss the consequences of being responsible agents to our natural resources.
Voice of PurposeOn the Horizon - Spoken Word Poetry for Personal DevelopmentThis interactive arts workshop uses creating and performing spoken word poetry to help students explore and unpack their personal identities and purpose within the context of culture, society, and historical legacy. Students gain a deeper understanding of themselves and how their personal experiences connect to larger social issues. Students develop spoken word, creative writing, non-verbal communication techniques and critical analysis process through the creative writing, visual representation and performing of spoken word poems. This workshop utilizes the Purpose Driven Education (PDE) model, an educational framework, methodology and practice to help learners identify, align with, and develop skills to pursue their True Inner Purpose.
Extra Ed Inc.Money ManagersThis interactive financial literacy workshop provides a “net worth” tournament where students are responsible for decisions of fictional profiles through various stages of financial milestones and to see which profile ends up with the highest net worth. Workshop offers interactive group activities, easy-to-understand visual presentations and discussion on financial topics including the concepts of savings and debt, financial instruments like credit cards, mortgages, RRSP/RESP/TFSA, lines of credit, payday loans, student loans, taxes and bank accounts. Students learn how to be financial leaders, discover who they are when they manage their finances, and to understand how their financial choices impact not only their own lives in the short and long term, but also the world around them. Workshops are customized by grade and audience.
Heart Of A Man Ltd.Create PeaceThis interactive motivational assembly provides an inspirational anti-bullying and well-being message through the use of dramatic arts, Hip Hop and music. Themes of respect, empathy, leadership, and resilience are covered. A band of musicians share personal stories of overcoming life challenges while performing original hip hop songs and dramatic skits. Students learn strategies to address bullying, develop better communication and coping strategies and foster well-being for oneself and others. This assembly also touches on defining one’s own struggles, overcoming them with passion and ultimately finding one’s purpose in life.
Scarborough Rotary Passport ClubBrush-A-ManiaThis interactive presentation delivered to elementary students to promote good oral health every April which is proclaimed Oral Health Month. Dentist Rotarians visit schools to provide information on proper brushing and flossing techniques, good oral hygiene practice, and healthy eating. Students each receive a toothbrush to practise brushing their teeth, answer questions about brushing and have the opportunity to ask questions to the dentist. Students, teachers and parents are also invited to track students daily brushing habits in-class, and at home via an online 'brushtracker'.
Raven Nature Education SpecialistsNature Discovery: Mammals, Birds and BeesThis interactive presentation introduces students to mammals, birds and bees, wasps and hornets. Displays, props, pictures and hands-on activities are used to enhance the learning. Each presentation teaches students how to recognize animals' physical features and characteristics, how they communicate. Students will also learn the animals' role in the eco-system an how to care for animals in our environment. At the end of the presentation, students have an opportunity to ask questions and further interact with the props.
AboriginalSport&WellnessCouncilofOntarioNorth American Indigenous Games Presentation This interactive presentation provides an overview of the North American Indigenous Games, and highlights Aboriginal/Indigenous athletic achievements and the unique cultural heritage of various Indigenous communities. It also addresses the Truth and Reconciliation Call to Action #88, calling on all levels of government to take action to ensure long-term Indigenous athlete development and growth through continued support for the North American Indigenous Games. The North American Indigenous Games are an opportunity to spark social change and to engage all Canadians in a discussion around reconciliation, through sport. Presentations have been developed for three specific age categories, junior elementary, senior elementary and high school, and can be tailored for individual classrooms or larger assemblies.
Living RhythmDrumming to Well BeingThis interactive rhythm-based workshop explores drumming to increase mental health and well being for students and teachers. Students learn mindfulness strategies and techniques through pulse, breath and visualization, enhanced communication skills including active listening and cooperation with peers, and community building and leadership skills. Using drums and their own bodies and other sounds, this workshop engages different learners. Students and teachers will learn tools and ideas on ways to reduce stress and build connection with their peers to build a safe and positive community. Workshops offered: The Beat of Now: Drumming & Rhythm for Mental Health & Well Being, Community Beats: Building Community Spirit Through Drumming & Rhythm; Together in Rhythm: Team Building and Leadership. Professional learning opportunities are available to teachers.
Visions in GreenLiving Legacies of STEMThis interactive, multimedia exhibit and workshop teaches students about STEM pioneers, trailblazers, innovators and inventors from North America and the African Diaspora, with a particular focus on ancient Africa and continental African people and how they have shaped these fields of science to what they are today. The facilitator will deliver history about the people that played a significant role in STEM fields while students interact with exhibited artifacts. List of topics include: "It’s All About That STEM Life & You", "The Giants and Living Legacy of STEM: Untold Stories of African Men & Women", "How STEM has Changed Our Lives" and International Childrens Inventors Museum. This workshop is suitable for African Heritage Month.
4th & 1 Event ServicesLove Music InitiativeThis is a multi-disciplinary and alternative education program that uses Hip Hop culture, contemporary music and popular culture as a tool for students to learn about civic engagement, history and student engagement. Poetry, dj'ing, drumming and dance are used to inspire and engage students. Music and dance, informed by socio-political and popular historical events and figures, create a rich learning environment with content that connects to the youth’s experiences. Guiding core principals focus on “Awakening the Mind” and “Navigating the Spheres of Life” to further engage young people. Black History Month sessions are available.
Sage Tyrtle StorytellerLearning To Tell Compelling StoriesThis literacy workshop focuses on finding each student’s personal storytelling voice. The storyteller discusses storytelling structure, elements to engage the audience, character development, and most importantly: making every single word count. Workshop weaves interactive games, exercises and personal storytelling together. Students learn how to create, write and perform personal stories. By sharing personal experiences with a variety of different people, students will foster mutual understandings about each other’s lives.
Aaron Alan Weiss (A. Weiss Comics)Gary's Global Heroes Battle Bullying ComicThis media literacy workshop introduces the use of a comic book as storytelling art form using messaging on bullying and diversity and inclusion issues. Facilitators help students to understand messages constructed through text and illustrations and how to analyze the different voices, perspectives, and messages. The comic characters show real life examples and stories of bullying and prejudice. Students develop literacy skills through reading, writing and creating their own illustrations as well as reinforce the strategies to combat bullying.
Errol Lee Caring ConcertsCaring Kids Concerts: Music is the MethodThis motivational assembly is specifically designed to teach, nurture, and model positive character traits. All concerts are multi-sensory and use music, movement, media and visual communication strategies to give audiences an experience where students will sing, dance and inspire to care about each other. All concerts teach kindness, self-confidence, self-esteem and character building catered to each age group. This presentation is a dynamic addition to celebrate Black History Month.
Ryerson UniversityMHSc and PMDip Dietetics Field PlacementsThis MOU serves to provide field placement opportunities for graduate students in MHSc and PMDip Dietetics. Field placements within TDSB sites provide graduate students who are considering a career in Nutrition, an opportunity to learn by working alongside a supervising TDSB Nutrition Services staff person. These placements satisfy course requirements for field placement experience.
University of TorontoOccupational Therapy OT Field PlacementsThis MOU serves to provide field placement opportunities for University of Toronto students. Field placements within TDSB sites provide University of Toronto students who are considering a career within Occupational Therapy, an opportunity to learn by working alongside a supervising TDSB Occupational Therapist (OT) Clinical Supervisor. These placements satisfy course requirements for field placement experience.
University of TorontoSpeech-Language Pathology (SLP) Field PlacementsThis MOU serves to provide field placement opportunities for University of Toronto students. Field placements within TDSB sites provide University of Toronto students who are considering a career within Speech-Language Pathology, an opportunity to learn by working alongside a supervising TDSB Speech-Language Pathologist. These placements satisfy course requirements for field placement experience.
University of TorontoKinesiology Field PlacementsThis MOU serves to provide Kinesiology field placement opportunities for University of Toronto students. Field placements within TDSB sites provide University of Toronto students who are considering a career within Kinesiology, an opportunity to learn by working alongside a supervising TDSB Physical Education teacher. These placements satisfy course requirements for field placement experience.
From Far & WideWe Are The NorthThis musical theatre performance within a newcomer story-line touches on the themes of respect, inclusion, diversity and collaboration. This performance uses original songs, drama and music to describe the story of newcomer and how the student overcomes struggles and challenges. Characters will provide positive role modelling, encourage self-confidence and self-worth, and show how students can reach out for help and work together to resolve conflicts. Professional songwriters perform original songs that students can sing along to. A follow-up parent presentation is available.
Flashpoint Training Inc.Fusion Training ExperienceThis one day career exploration program enables students to gain transferable skills and knowledge in variety of economic sectors. Schools choose the industry sector and Flashpoint will provide a contextual experience with dynamic industry partners. Sessions consist of interactive training, experiences to deepen knowledge and skills required in each sector and speaker presentations on their work and careers in the field. Students are granted up to two SHSM certifications at the end of this program. For a full list of industry sectors and skill sets offered please go to flashpointtraining.com. I.C.E. training is available.
University of WindsorReciprocal Learning in Education between Canada and ChinaThis partnership program contributes to the data gathering and knowledge mobilization elements of the research initiative of the same name, led by the University of Windsor. It builds on the Sister School Network, originally established in TDSB by the University of Toronto, OISE. There are several activities within this MOU with varying audiences, timelines and evaluation measures that occur in China and Canada.
One Little Goat Theatre CompanyPLAY: A (Mini) History of Theatre for KidsThis performance provides a short history of theatre and plays from around the world. Two actors use children’s games, drama, storytelling, music, and dance and to take students on a theatrical journey through four different periods of drama: early beginnings with prehistoric games around the fire, ancient Greek Tragedy, Japanese Noah Theatre and Modern Theatre. Following the presentation a question and answer period allows students to engage a conversation with artists. A follow-up learning resource is available for teachers to continue the learning afterwards. This is an entertaining presentation that honours the natural playfulness of childhood and provides students with an introduction to theatre.
Nexim International Development OrgSuubi (Hope) Music Dance and Cultural Exchange Performances This performing arts presentation from Uganda tours the world annually, and visits Toronto for a limited period of time each year. The Suubi (Hope) fusion dance troupe's performance is followed by a presentation on the history of Ugandan culture and various traditions of its many tribes. The performance fee contributes to the troupe's work in Uganda to increase access to a high school education for Ugandan students of limited means in a country with no public education system.
Ontario Ball Hockey FederationBall Hockey Professional Learning and Skills DevelopmentThis physical education program provides ball hockey training, tournament participation, and curriculum resources to students and teachers. Workshops are led by experienced ball hockey players to introduce the sport by teaching rule structure, player safety and skill development rather than competition. Activities include drills, games and fitness movement. This workshop is deal for those schools who have minimal exposure to hockey/ball hockey. Professional learning is available to staff to deepen their understanding of the sport.
Steve Chapelle CommunicationsSocial Media Behaviour EducationThis presentation offers training to students on how to minimize internet risks and explore four core subjects: cyberbullying, personal information, inappropriate messages and protection. Students will learn to minimize and maintain their privacy in the on-line world. Presentation is also available to parents through school councils.
StopGap FoundationAccessibility & Inclusion: Building AwarenessThis presentation raises awareness about physical disability, accessibility and inclusion. Luke Anderson shares how one moment in time changes his life forever and how he finds himself living in a world not well designed for someone in a wheelchair. He explains his personal experiences, challenges he faces and how he overcomes. Students learn about barriers that people with disabilities may face, the importance of a barrier-free and inclusive community, as well as empowering language when referring to people with disabilities. Resources are available for teachers to implement beyond the presentation.
East Metro Youth ServicesRespect in Schools Everywhere (RISE)This program at West Hill Collegiate Institute provides students in Grades 9-10 a workshop series to address bullying and develop conflict resolution and leadership skills. RISE program staff address and support issues that young people are facing on a regular basis. Students develop workshop materials on bullying, cyber-bullying, mental health and stigma and conflict resolution which are then facilitated to their peers in grades 7-12. Workshops teach students strategies to communicate and manage bullying and situations where conflict may occur, how to effectively address bullying both as a victim and as a positive bystander. Students also learn coping mechanisms to foster positive mental health and discuss the elements of self-care and have the opportunity to create their own self-care kits. Students receive resources and tools to better advocate for themselves and others.
Boost Child and Youth Advocacy CentreHuman Trafficking: Supporting StudentsThis program focuses on providing supports that help students who have experienced human trafficking successfully transition back into school. Boost staff collaborates with TDSB’s Professional Support Services to implement the activities. The program is intended to provide strategies to reduce barriers to success and ensure students have support person(s) within the school and to provide physical and emotional safety to the student. Additional supports include education for school staff on human trafficking as requested, individual support to staff on how to work with victims of human trafficking and education to parent community.
Real Talk Learning ExperiencesBlack History - A Canadian PerspectiveThis program focuses on the experiences of African people in Canada to share the rarely discussed history of the African diaspora in Canada. The presentation covers a number of interesting topics, including t he success of African interpreters working with early Europeans in first contact with First Nations people, interactions of Black Canadians and Native Canadians in community building, the escape of African people from the southern United States, to their settlement in Nova Scotia, and their experiences in Canada.
180 Change Street180 Change StreetThis program identifies and engages youth in a targeted intervention strategy designed to bring about comprehensive change in students. This educational and awareness raising program provides a curriculum that includes one-on-one mentoring, life coaching and training to students that cover topics such as self-awareness, conflict resolution, critical thinking skills and personal and community health. Families are also engaged so they may support students' success. The program has a history of successfully keeping participants from returning to or staying out of the justice system. Many students have completed their education and graduated or found employment.
Hockey CanadaTry HockeyThis program offers an opportunity for students to try hockey, removing barriers to participation, so students enhance team building, confidence, physical health and well-being. Certified coaches deliver the program in the school gymnasium followed by an on-ice event. Students will participate actively and engage in a variety of movement competencies, and demonstrate an understanding of the value of regular physical activity in their daily lives. With follow-up communication, coaches provide further support to maximize sustainability and teacher resources are made available including access to Hockey Canada’s academic lesson plans and 10 week floorball lesson plan.
Toronto International Film Festival Inc.Filmmaking and Media EducationThis program offers filmmaking for students and professional development workshops for staff on media literacy and writing, developing and filming a short film. Student workshops comprise of an overview of the filmmaking process that includes: genre and types of films, scene development, script writing, acting and pre-production, filming, editing and post-production. Students have the opportunity to create their own stories, use professional equipment, analyze the impact of film and media on viewers, and learn how to communicate complex ideas to a wide audience. The program culminates in a screening of the film at the school or at TIFF. Professional learning opportunities include teaching about film, introducing students to filmmaking and integrating critical film viewing into classroom discussion.
University of TorontoConcussion CareThis program offers specialized medical and allied health care of concussions to a select number of referred secondary school students. Coordinator presents program criteria and overview, pathway for support and program activities. The cornerstone of the management of concussion is the early intervention and gradual progression of stimulation or stressors that may, if over-exposed, disrupt natural recovery and cause relapse or exacerbation of symptoms. Historically, this aspect of care has focused on gradual progression of physical activity (return-to-play), but in recent years, the application of these principles in learning environments (return-to-learn) has received increasing attention. Academic student life is comprised of subtle and complex stressors and the interaction of this environment and how stressors impact the student recovering from a concussion are poorly understood.
Mindfulness Without Borders Canada Inc.Mindfulness Ambassador Program (MAP)This program offers student participants a forum to meet face to face and learn about constructive ways for addressing personal, social and community challenges. Essentially, the MAP establishes a common language based on sharing, modeling and practicing core principles and strategies that help strengthen their well-being, think critically and act with thoughtfulness and compassion. As young people begin to recognize their ability to become ambassadors for positive social change they not only become more selfless but also more compassionate, empathetic and inclusive of the diversity that surrounds them. From self-awareness self-management and social awareness activities to secular mindfulness practices, our interactive programs for young people boost soft skill development and address the challenges and opportunities that they face outside school walls.
Seneca CollegeLibrary and Information Technician Field PlacementsThis program provides field placement opportunities for post-secondary students in Library and Information Technician programs. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students who are considering a career in their specialized area, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in schools. Field placement students collaborate with TDSB staff to enhance their understanding of curriculum and information/resource needs; to plan and implement activities for students; and to foster positive relationships with students, staff and parents. These placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience.
Seneca CollegeImmigrant & Refugee Studies SSW Field Placements This program provides field placement opportunities for Seneca College Students in the Immigration & Refugee Studies Social Service Work program. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students who are considering a career in their specialized area, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in TDSB sites. Field placement students collaborate with TDSB staff to enhance their understanding; to plan and implement activities; and to foster positive relationships with TDSB communities: students, staff and parents. These placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience.
Centennial CollegeChild and Youth Care (CYC) Field PlacementsThis program provides field placement opportunities for students in Child and Youth Care post-secondary programs. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students who are considering a career in their specialized area, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms. Field placement students collaborate with TDSB staff to enhance their understanding of curriculum; to plan and implement activities for students; and to foster positive relationships with students, staff and parents. These placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience. Child and Youth Care field placement students may support TDSB students at any of the following activities: workshops; presentations; life skills development projects, campaigns and/or resources development.
Humber CollegeChild and Youth Care (CYC) Field PlacementsThis program provides field placement opportunities for students in Child and Youth Care post-secondary programs. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students who are considering a career in their specialized area, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms. Field placement students collaborate with TDSB staff to enhance their understanding of curriculum; to plan and implement activities for students; and to foster positive relationships with students, staff and parents. These placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience. Child and Youth Care field placement students may support TDSB students at any of the following activities: workshops; presentations; life skills development projects, campaigns and/or resources development.
Sheridan CollegeChild and Youth Care (CYC) Field PlacementsThis program provides field placement opportunities for students in Child and Youth Care post-secondary programs. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students who are considering a career in their specialized area, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms. Field placement students collaborate with TDSB staff to enhance their understanding of curriculum; to plan and implement activities for students; and to foster positive relationships with students, staff and parents. These placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience. Child and Youth Care field placement students may support TDSB students at any of the following activities: workshops; presentations; life skills development projects, campaigns and/or resources development.
George Brown CollegeBehavioural Science and SSW Field PlacementsThis program provides field placement opportunities for students in Community Services and Health Sciences programs at George Brown College. Field placements within TDSB sites provide George Brown students who are considering a career with youth, including youth with special needs, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms. These placements satisfy course requirements for field placement experience.
George Brown CollegeCareer Development Practitioner Field PlacementsThis program provides field placement opportunities for students in the Career Development Practitioner programs at George Brown College. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students who are considering a career in their specialized area, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms. Field placement students collaborate with TDSB staff to enhance their understanding of curriculum; to plan and implement activities for students; and to foster positive relationships with students, staff and parents. These placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience.
George Brown CollegeCommunity Worker Field PlacementsThis program provides field placement opportunities for students in the Community Worker program. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students who are considering a career in their specialized area, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms. Field placement students collaborate with TDSB staff to enhance their understanding of curriculum; to plan and implement activities for students; and to foster positive relationships with students, staff and parents. These placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience.
Centennial CollegeDSW, PSW, RPN and SSW Field PlacementsThis Program provides field placement opportunities for students in the Developmental Services Worker, Personal Support Worker, Registered Practical Nursing and Social Service Worker programs at the College. College students who are considering a career with a special needs population are placed in TDSB schools and have an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in Special Education classrooms for TDSB students with developmental disabilities.
Humber CollegeDSW & SSW Field PlacementsThis Program provides field placement opportunities for students in the Developmental Services Worker, Social Service Worker, programs at Humber College. Humber students who are considering a career with a special needs population are placed in TDSB schools and have an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in Special Education classrooms for students with developmental disabilities.
Humber CollegeOTA/PTA Field PlacementsThis program provides field placement opportunities for students in the Occupational Therapy Assistant/ Physical Therapy Assistant program at Humber College. Field placements within TDSB sites provide Humber College students who are considering a career in their specialized area, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the health and wellness strategies employed in classrooms. These placements satisfy course requirements for field placement experience. Field placement students collaborate with TDSB OT/PT staff to enhance their understanding of classroom strategies; to plan and implement activities for students; and to foster positive relationships with students, staff and parents.
Seneca CollegeCommunity Services Student PlacementsThis program provides field placement opportunities for students in the Social Service Worker, Behavioural Sciences and Social Service Worker Immigrants and Refugees programs at Seneca College. Field placements within TDSB sites provide Seneca students who are considering a career with youth, including youth with special needs, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms and other sites.
Continuum Contemporary Music EnsembleContinuum in the ClassroomThis program provides invaluable and practical compositional experience, one-on-one mentorship and introduction to the Canadian new music community. Facilitated by professional musicians and composers, students have an opportunity to use new technologies, found sounds and soundwalks to create original works and potentially have the opportunity to hear their compositions performed by a professional ensemble. Performances by the ensemble are available to all students. Workshops for students to enhance their learning include: instrumental improvisation technique, exploring contemporary Canadian repertoire, exploring contemporary performance techniques for composing, performance by Continuum core ensemble, facilitation in co-composition with a composer. Schools can choose to bring in an artist, composer or host a performance by the core ensemble or any combination thereof.
Dale & Associates Interior Design Inc.Interior Design Presentation & WorkshopThis programming raises students' awareness of the Interior Design profession, expands their knowledge of career opportunities in Design; and, develops their creative skills. Combining an enhanced knowledge of Interior Design, with developing creative skill through a practical and hands-on exercise, this partnership programming is delivered in a singular presentation or in a three-part workshop series that allows students more time with Designers as they complete and share the projects that emerge from this new knowledge and skill-development opportunity. The series is ideal for grades 11 or 12 arts students who already have an understanding of drawing and perspective.
In The MixMusic & Dance Video CreationsThis project-based workshop combines Hip Hop dance with an introduction to creating a dance music video using a tablet. The facilitator begins by teaching basic choreographic dance sequences that explore rhythm, physicality and movement so students can then work in small groups to create their own dance routine. Next, the facilitator teaches the music video production process which includes how to film, record, edit and splice. Using the In The Mix music-video app, students film and edit their ensemble dance routines to create their individual dance music video. This workshop emphasizes collaboration, team work and decision-making skills through the entire project.
Joan BarringtonLight Hearts-Healing PlayThis resiliency workshop teaches techniques through 'clowning' to reduce students' stress and nurture well-being. Students are engaged in the program through improvisation activities i.e. role playing, theatre games in group settings, storytelling, and confidence-building activities. These exercises encourage and help develop a positive image of themselves, leading towards better relationships with their peers and the greater community. The workshop sessions are customized in order to fit the particular needs of students and educational criteria.
University of TorontoProfessional Learning on Math Anxiety: Relationships Between Emotion and Cognition This seminar helps teachers develop an understanding of the presentation of math anxiety and to help students who experience intense emotions during mathematics. Graduate post-secondary students from University of Toronto lead a half day presentation on the causes of math anxiety, how to improve performance in mathematics specifically in students who are vulnerable to experiencing intense emotions and anxiety, and strategies to reduce teachers’ anxiety in mathematics. Teachers learn strategies and learning tools to use in the classroom to decrease students’ anxiety and benefit students’ performance in mathematics. Follow-up with staff occurs to review the impact of practice and how staff continue to support students.
Canadian Roots ExchangeEveryday Reconciliation and Solidarity This session is a hands-on session that will present groups with different calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) report that was released in the summer of 2015. To start, facilitators will provide a brief presentation of what the TRC is and its implications on the relationships with Indigenous peoples and settlers. The class will be divided into smaller groups, who will then be provided with one of the 94 calls to action published by the TRC. Each call to action comes with a set of questions to get youth thinking about how they can implement the findings of the report and how we can all be in solidarity with Indigenous peoples. Groups will brainstorm on chart paper, and then report back to the larger group. After presenting, each group will be provided with another call to action and begin the process of thinking about how we can implement those actions into our schools, communities and in everyday life. Our sessions are always co-facilitated by Indigenous and non-Indigenous facilitators. We emphasize this shared model of leadership and experiential education in order to provide holistic approaches and diverse perspectives on issues that impact our communities. In all of our activities, we believe that dialogue and cultural representation is necessary to fostering understanding and reconciliation.
Igho DianaE.G.O. Spoken WordThis spoken word workshop explores elements of written and performance poetry as a creative practice. Students learn different writing techniques for self-reflection; the art of storytelling; and performance-based poetry as tools for building self-confidence and self-efficacy.
The Wynford Group Inc.Build Character, Build SuccessThis three-part programming builds more inclusive school communities through deepening students’ understanding of character attributes. First, a ‘recess planning session’ for student leaders and a staff designate to brainstorm games and activities that all students can participate in safely and where no one is left out. Second, these planning sessions lead to the collaborative facilitation by student leaders, staff designate and the Wynford Group of an all-inclusive recess event with the entire elementary school. Third, a follow-up debriefing session and ongoing support for similar events led only by TDSB students and staff, is provided to schools.
Inna GertsbergDraw Me A Monster This visual arts workshop focuses on developing students' creativity through drawing imaginary characters based on their classmates’ descriptions. This workshop utilizes individual, pair/group work, discussion and sharing of experiences and culminates in a presentation to the class. Presentation of favourite monsters in pop culture eases fears of monsters. Students work in pairs to identify the main characteristics of a monster and draw interpretation of each other's descriptions. The workshop culminates in each author reading the description while the illustrator reveals the drawing to the class. Art is then presented to each author; everyone makes art and receives art.
Project ASSISTThe Healing Tree Art ProjectThis workshop aims to promote the health and well-being of newcomers. Students are guided to communicate their feelings and experiences and particular challenges they may experience as a newcomer through drawing. Students will listen to the stories from their peers and find some common ground and understanding. The exercise will finish by asking students to reflect on their aspirations and goals to feel confident in a bright future. This workshop is guided by an english/arabic-speaking facilitator. Professional learning is available to staff on the topic of bridging cultural understanding, learning about newcomer viewpoint and strategies for working with the newcomer population.
Child Development Institute (CDI)Integra ProgramThis workshop is suitable for teachers and parents who work with students who have learning disabilities and who are interested in increasing their knowledge on building mental health strategies. These interactive workshops promote interaction and an active approach to learning to give participants a practical understanding of how learning disabilities may affect mental health and everyday life. Available workshops include: "Walk a Mile In My Shoes", emotion regulation, executive functioning, understanding memory, moods, understanding anxiety, social impact, bullying, social media and technology, supporting advocacy and self-determination, understanding assessments and tailoring therapy.
Daniel Consulting GroupThe BridgeThis workshop series is available for participants who racially identify as African, Black and Caribbean, to support personal, academic and career development through the use of a wide range of life-skills programming. The Bridge program centralizes the development of positive racial and academic identities which have been shown to enhance academic engagement and success. Workshop themes will include understanding racial identity; leadership development; networking; community engagement; academic and career planning. These supports and skills will help participants more concretely explore post-secondary decisions and long-term career planning.
Centennial CollegeActive Lifestyle Through SportsThis workshop series provides students with life skills and physical exercises to increase health and well-being from student-athletes from Centennial College, Athletics and Recreation department. Student-athletes mentor students and share stories and experiences on how sports help them achieve their goals. Life skills topics include: goal setting, teamwork, time management, conflict resolution, leadership and anti-bullying. The second set of workshops aims to enhance students’ physical literacy where mentors introduce students to new equipment, proper technique and drills under the supervision of the school Physical Education teacher.
Chess Institute of CanadaBringing Chess to LifeThis workshop series uses the game of chess to cultivate the development of essential life skills in students. CIC is the only organization in Canada that is licensed to use the Chess World Curriculum® that explicitly makes connections between chess and life. Through chess presentations and lessons, related physical activities, individual exercises and group discussions, tournaments and challenges, practise and play, students foster positive attitudes towards learning, independence and improved self-image. The program fosters self-reflection and respect for others, helping students to develop positive attitudes towards a variety of life challenges. The confidence that students gain leads to success in academics, relationships and athletics, as well as healthy life choices.
The Yoga ProjectNormalizing Yoga & Mindfulness in EducationThis workshop teaches yoga, breathing and mindfulness techniques through spontaneous movement and a structured approach. The program incorporates yoga poses and movements, breathing exercises, mindfulness exercises, song and games for the younger students, and challenging yoga poses and partner work for older students. A large focus is placed on stress-reduction, mindfulness, and celebrating uniqueness. Professional development opportunities are available to staff.
Vujade Entertainment Inc.Puppets Cool! Toons! Three choices are available in these Media Arts, Creative Design, Animation and Tech workshops using Puppetry design, creation and story-telling. Students learn in a creative, multimedia production process. Culminating activity includes students producing original film and other story-telling media using the puppets (and characters) they create. For secondary students, a more comprehensive look at mechanical puppetry and animation is explored; how it works with technology and STEM concepts, and the intricacies of these media arts. Details can be found at www.puppets-cool.com
Join The Dance CanadaDancing ClassroomsThrough Ballroom Dancing learning students in grades 5 - 8 heighten their dance skills, kinesthetic and cognitive development, and social-emotional learning. Through a series of sessions that nurtures mastery of an art form in a fun learning environment, Dancing Classrooms fosters respect, teamwork, confidence, politeness, a sense of joy and accomplishment. Essentially, the series is designed to “teach life skills wrapped up in ballroom dance.” Engaging in ballroom dancing focuses children’s physical energies and increases health through the joy of movement. Workshops create safe spaces of inclusivity. After a series of sessions, a culminating event for the school community is organized. The effect of Ballroom Dancing on students’ social-emotional learning become apparent to their parents with the events demonstration of their enhanced cooperative and collaborative skill, social confidence, self-discipline, focus, and enthusiastic engagement.
TakingITGlobalConnected NorthThrough collaborative project based learning, Taking IT Global develops unique content and connections for schools in the north and south to access cultural exchange opportunities and curriculum enhancement north to north connections. Educators are supported in the use of collaborative technology for professional learning, mentorship and incorporation into the classroom. Professional learning experts and peer mentors can instruct and interact with teachers in remote locations, providing them access to expertise that might otherwise have been very difficult to acquire. Students in class connect through online video-conferencing with one another's classes, schools and locations.
McCarthy Tetrault LLPMT Mentoring Indigenous Students Through establishing mentorships between secondary students who identify as First Nation, Metis or Inuit with current or former partners, associates, and employees of a law firm who volunteer dedicated time to cultivating these relationships, this program inspires, supports, accompanies and provides opportunities for student engagement, curriculum enhancement and academic success. Mentors build supportive relationships with participants and participate with them in mutually-agreed activities to further individual student success. Individual mentoring activities may be as diverse as: • Providing advice or assistance in topics such as strategies for time management, preparing a resume or understanding the nature of different careers • Experiencing workplace environments through office tours or participating in firm-sponsored community activities • Job shadowing, co-operative education placements and internships
WonderPhilInternet Safety Magic ShowThrough the art of magic, infused with comedy, this presentation introduces students to the concepts of internet safety, and why they need to be mindful of their online presence. Concepts that include Personal Information, Passwords, and the Permanence of an Online Presence, are discussed, described, illustrated in a fun way. 'Think Before you Click' is the motto. Magic and comedy is the vehicle to drive the ideas home.
School Heroes UniteSchool Heroes Unite AssembliesThrough the use of magic tricks, storytelling, music and short videos, a core message of heroism, teamwork, kindness empathy and preventing bullying is shared with students. Students and staff have the opportunity to take part in fun games, magic and brainstorming to explore how to prevent bullying in their schools. Students help to create an action plan for their classrooms and school to perform small acts of kindness that have a much larger impact on creating caring schools.
Sunnybrook Health Sciences CentreUsing Literature as an Innovative Tool for Teaching Mental Health Literacy Through this partnership programming, educators learn how to impart basic Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) skills and general mental health literacy to middle-school age youth through an engaging professional learning session and follow-up coaching designed for English/Literacy teachers and middle school staff teams. Students’ mental health and wellness can potentially be safeguarded and enhanced through increased teacher awareness, knowledge, skills, and via curricula that embed mental health literacy components within a literature unit.
AgScapeAgri-FoodThrough various interactive STEM-focused activities, students learn about the importance of agriculture and food systems, while developing a 21st century mindset in these free workshops. Certified facilitators, in both teaching and agriculture, deliver a choice of twelve topics: local food, food security, food safety, business and economics of food, climate change, environmental initiatives, agriculture in Canada, conventional and organic agriculture, animal health and welfare, biotechnology, technology and innovation, and career in agri-food.
Herbert H. Carnegie FoundationFuture AcesThrough workshops, assemblies, professional learning sessions and scholarships, this program encourages students to pursue educational and personal goals, and become self confident and responsible citizens. ‘Future ACES’ is a proactive, character-building program that assists students in developing leadership skills, good citizenship and positive daily life skills that reduces the incidences of bullying, racism, cultural and religious intolerance. Programming activities are in six components, and include: school-wide assembly for students, professional learning sessions for staff, action workshops and student leadership conferences. Participating schools commit to a full year of various activity.
Youth Fusion ICT Gaming DesignThrough Youth Fusion sessions with post-secondary mentors and industry specialists, secondary students develop real-world employable skills in a variety of ICT sectors. Information, Communications & Technology (ICT) learning is enhanced through learning how to design and its practical applications. Students form teams and go through the entire process of developing, testing and marketing a video game. They receive training in numerous disciplines such as graphic design, level design, coding, and software development from industry leaders, contributing to a rich learning experience for all participants. This program is tailor-made for young people, who in addition to being exposed to careers options in the video game industry, also learn soft skills like teamwork and creative problem solving.
Toronto Inuit AssociationInuit Cultural Programming and ResourcesTIA and AEC collaborate to co-design/co-produce Aboriginal Education resource materials and programming with an Inuit content focus. Inuktitut Language Instructors to provide classes for interested students and Inuit Cultural Activities as unique learning opportunities. Activities that occur during instructional time, are scheduled and promoted by the Aboriginal Education Centre (AEC) as curriculum enhancement and student engagement programming. Other TIA programming & Inuit Community development activities are available outside of instructional time at the AEC for students, families, the community through permit.
Centre for Gender and Sexual DiversityLGBTQ-Ally Youth Training ForumsTo engage school communities in eliminating all forms of discrimination that youth face, each forum is a one-day event that addresses topics such as homophobia, transphobia, transmisogyny, bullying, violence and discrimination in schools.During the forums, students participate in workshops on the following topics: Conflict Resolution & Transformative Justice, Communal Art Project, Advocacy, Event Planning, Disability & the Arts, Faith & Spirituality, Newcomer Issues, Relationship Game, Gender Play. Participating students and staff are invited to attend the Dare to Stand Out: The Gender and Sexuality Alliance Forum, a week-long training in May of each year. Participating teachers are invited to attend a professional learning conference in April of each year.
Variety VillageRun Jump Throw Wheel Program with Variety VillageTo introduce Variety Village and our run jump throw wheel program to our community schools with the intention of running a community event at Variety Village. The Run Jump Throw Wheel instructor course helps primary school aged children to develop agility, balance, coordination and speed, instilling the capacity and desire for them for daily play and to be physically active. The teacher resource is separated into three sections: running, jumping, and throwing with five levels of skill development. These sections provide fundamental movement techniques that will benefit children's physically active lifestyle, and encourage them to remain physically active. Students with disabilities will also be included in the program, as the Run Jump Throw Wheel program has been adapted to accommodate people with disabilities.
Education of the Next GenerationENG Dance EducationTo motivate and inspire the next generation of students through the art of dance.ENG workshops focus on the concepts of Creating, Presenting and Dance/Movement Foundations. Creativity activities allow students to express themselves through movement; and then students present and perform dance routines to their classmates. Fundamental dance vocabulary is introduced in their selected dance style. We focus our education on the elements of dance (body, space, time, energy, and relationship) that are emphasized in each grade level, making our workshops grade-specific. We rely on the curriculum as a guideline to educate students through the art of dance and inspire them to develop their individual creativity.
Consulate General of Portugal_Camoes I.PPortuguese Language, Arts & Culture To motivate students in the learning Portuguese and to provide an overview on the importance of Portuguese arts & culture in various places around the world where Portuguese is spoken, presentations for students; professional learning for staff; and, resources and language certification opportunities are provided. Delivered by Portuguese authors, language professors, diplomats, or government of Portugal V.I.P. guests; as scheduled, these presentations engage and motivate students in learning about Portuguese culture, and in developing skills in the speaking, reading and writing the Portuguese language.
Tools for All TeensTools for All TeensTools for All Teens is a self-empowerment program which provides teens with wellness activities and tools such as yoga, mindfulness meditation and journaling to assist them in calming their minds and bodies. These tools enable youth to better manage stress and enhance their mental health and well-being. Mindfulness activities are used to support students’ engagement and improve learning and success, while teaching important life skills in self-awareness. Sessions can also be provided for staff teams, and for parents, as scheduled.
Kiwanis Music Festival Association ofGTAToronto Kiwanis FestivalToronto Kiwanis Festival provides students with enhanced learning and performance opportunities in music, dance and speech arts in competitive and non-competitive setting. Several schools' host the Festival annually during instructional time throughout two weeks in February - March.
Toronto PflagPromote Awareness of LGBTQ students and inspire alliesToronto Pflag moms provide workshops that begin with the story of their LGBTQ child and their experiences at the age of the students in the audience. For elementary grades, the arc of the story deals with bullying. We go through scenarios to encourage students not to prejudge and instead look for opportunities to talk to each other. Younger students are asked to problem-solve for the bullied child: how could we make their school day happier? With older students and high school youth, Pflag introduces definitions; what it’s like to have a crush on someone of the same gender; we talk about coming out and why it’s hard to do; we encourage role modelling that is not homo- or trans- phobic; and, the power of allies.
Théâtre la CatapulteProductions théâtrales en françaisTouring Franco-ontarian production, performed by professional francophone artists from the Ottawa region and delivered in French. Students enhance French language skills while exploring current societal themes. Each production uses rich, inspirational materials to engage and provide a meaningful experience to youth audiences. Following the production, a question and answer session led by artists, provides an opportunity for students to learn more about the French arts industry and themes from the production.
Toronto Public LibraryLibrary Outreach and Literacy ProgrammingTPL Outreach and Community Education staff facilitate literacy programming with Kindergarten and Grade Four classes; and, in secondary schools. Presentations foster a love of reading as a lifelong activity; raise awareness of the library as a community and school resource; and, encourage students and their families to get library cards. Collaborating with TDSB school libraries, TPL literacy programming introduces the library as a fun destination with friendly staff who can help and support students and their families with resources and opportunities to participate fully and equally in their schools and communities despite challenges which can include poverty and language barriers.
Tre-Lystikz Inc.imPower 2dayTré Armstrong, a celebrity, Canadian choreography, actor and dancer, leads interactive self-empowerment assemblies and dance workshops to share her story of channeling her survival from abuse and her passion for dance into a successful global career. In this three-part series, dance is the medium for engaging youth in action-oriented building of critical life skills. The first session provides students a new form of movement and prepares them for a performance for a school assembly. The second session is an assembly featuring both the student performance and a motivational talk from Tré Armstrong who shares her own story, the "power of Choice", and, a few tools, strategies, actions and affirmations that cultivate the life skills of self-awareness, self-confidence, self-efficacy: self-empowerment! Finally, session three is a follow-up visit by Tré Armstrong. Program is suitable for Black History Month.
Rita DagenaisTreaty Making in CanadaTreaties have been signed since 1701 and are still being negotiated today. Every treaty tells a story. The presentation focuses on WHY treaties were signed, with an emphasis on the perspectives of the indigenous signatories. These sessions provide a brief over-view of the history of treaty making, beginning with the Peace and Friendship Treaties signed during the Seven Years War. But I focus primarily on the land cession treaties whereby indigenous nations surrendered ownership (aboriginal title) of their lands to the Crown. The government wanted to acquire Indians lands to allow for the building of railways, resource development and settlement. I explore the issue of why indigenous people would sign these treaties. The only way to answer this question is to understand the circumstances faced by indigenous groups just prior to signing these treaties (disappearance of the buffalo, starvation, epidemics). Focus is on 2 treaties: Treaty 6 signed by the Cree in 1876 and Treaty 7 signed the following year by the Blackfoot.
Latin American Art ProjectsArt of the AmericasTwo sessions from local artists expose students to artistic techniques and cultural histories from Latin America and the Caribbean: 1.The Art of Papel Picado - Led by artist Jesus Mora, Papel Picado is a decorative craft made by cutting elaborate designs into sheets of tissue paper. Papel picado is considered a Mexican folk art and is commonly used to decorate during Día de los Muertos celebrations. 2. Latin American Contemporary Movement - With focus on identity and challenging stereotypes of Latin American dance and culture, choreographer Irma Villafuerte focuses on impulse, creative movement, and finding authentic ways of listening, creating and storytelling with one's body and Latin American music.
Canadian Roots ExchangeColonization Past & Present: 100,000 years before Canada's 150thTwo workshops are available for secondary school students: The history of Aboriginal/Indigenous peoples dates back thousands of years on Turtle Island (North America) and one workshop will look at land markers and artefacts that prove this. With Canada turning 150 years old, a lot of the focus on the history of this land has been on a colonial timeline and hasn’t adequately included rich history that pre-dates European contact. This workshop aims to ensure that Indigenous history is not further ignored, and will explore the richness and migration of First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities leading up to confederation. We will finish with a reflective component, which will ask the youth to think about ways we can include the original peoples’ content in the celebrations of this land. A second workshop, examines how colonization has negatively impacted the governance structures, communities and populations of Indigenous peoples. To understand the modern issues that First Nations, Metis and Inuit face, we must know the history of violence and oppression that led their people to their current realities. Facilitators will take the class through a timeline of what life was like for Indigenous peoples during the stages of colonization by European settlers and how this continues today. This timeline will also highlight important points in history including the achievements and struggles of ethno-cultural communities in Canada.
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