Building Belonging: Embedding Indigenous Content and Ways of Knowing in Learning and Teaching

Building upon the themes and key points of Buffy Sainte-Marie’s Belong Forum, campus leaders Diana Lewis, Margaret Robinson, and Margot Latimer will guide a knowledge and reflection circle exploring aspects of Indigenizing post-secondary education. The leaders and participants will reflect on the importance of including Indigenous content and ways of learning and knowing in curricula and pedagogies, and how to undertake this important work in “good” (ethical) way. This gathering welcomes faculty, staff, and students, coming together as a community to share this important work. All participants are welcome, even if they were unable to attend Buffy Sainte-Marie’s Belong Forum talk on April 17, 2018.
Light refreshments will be provided in the morning, but all participants in the gathering are invited to partake of a hot lunch at noon, and ongoing, informal conversation.

Campus Leaders for the Gathering

Margot Latimer, Professor, School of Nursing
Dr. Latimer completed a PhD from McGill University (2006) and a post doctorate from Laval University (2010) in neuroscience. She has held clinical roles at the IWK since beginning her nursing practice in 1989 and these have inspired her research endeavours which focus on Aboriginal children's hurt and pain and improving the health care experiences and outcomes for this population. Margot​’s work operates from a Two-Eyed Seeing perspective which aims to incorporate the best of both Indigenous and Western ways.

Diana Lewis, Lecturer; coordinator, Indigenous Studies Program, Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology.
Diana, as a Mi’kmaq woman, has focused her research on environmental health and impact assessment, renewable energy, and climate change. Using a community-based participatory research approach, Diana conducts research with First Nation communities, governments, and Indigenous organizations on priority areas they identify. She recently prepared a climate change report exploring impacts, including health impacts, on First Nation water and wastewater systems, the Aboriginal fishery, and aquaculture operations.

​Margaret Robinson, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology
Margaret Robinson is a bisexual and two-spirit scholar from Eski'kewaq, Nova Scotia, and a member of the Lennox Island First Nation. Her work examines the impact of intersecting oppressions and draws on critical, postcolonial, and queer theories, intersectionality, and third wave feminism.

She has led studies on decolonizing research funding in Canada, two-spirit people’s understanding of mental health, and cannabis use among bisexual women. In 2016 she led a team that developed and validated a measure of micro-aggressions and micro-affirmations experienced by bisexual women.​

This session is hosted by the Centre for Learning and Teaching.  

To learn more and to register, visit​


Special Events




Student Union Building, Council Chambers