First Nations House News

Academic Reminders  

Are you an Indigenous student graduating in June or November? If so, email to be added to the FNH graduation list. Indigenous students, in all programs (including Academic Bridging and TYP) and campuses included. More info regarding the ceremony will be shared in the coming months.      

FNH Programming and Events    

***All FNH workshops and events are offered online. For more information visit the FNH Facebook page, follow us on Instagram, or sign up for our weekly newsletter***    

2020-2021 Indigenous Student Resource and Agenda – Now Available    

This book has useful info such as Indigenous resources on and off campus, financial aid info, a calendar and more. Email to receive one by mail.     

Indigenous Student Advisory Committee – Date & Time TBD  

We are currently seeking Indigenous students to provide feedback on programs and services at First Nations House. For more information and to sign up, contact  

Indigenous Career Advising Appointments – Tuesday’s 3-6pm or by appointment  

Book a 1:1 career advising appointment with our Indigenous Career Coordinator to discuss how to find meaningful work, career options, what to do with your degree, creating your resume and cover letter, resume feedback, exploring graduate school, interview strategies and practice, networking tips & more! To book an appointment, contact  

Indigenous Grad Writing Group – Registration Open for Winter 2021   

For Indigenous Grad Students in any discipline, and any students registered in Indigenous Studies courses. Tuesdays @ 5-7:30pm via Zoom.  Register at or contact Bonnie Jane Maracle, Indigenous Learning Strategist at   

Show & Share – Tuesday March 9, 630 – 730 p.m.  

You are welcome to join us for a virtual Show & share session with an Indigenous Artist/Creator via zoom.  This week join us to learn about the land-based art of Anishnaabe artist, Amber Sandy.  Drop in, watch, learn, get inspired, ask questions!  Register via CLNx  and community members can email:     

Sunrise Illuminates the Good Mind – Mar 10, 2 – 4 PM (Workshop (Exclusive to Indigenous Students and Community)  

This Wellness Wednesday we will be focusing on the Eastern direction and working with having a Good Mind through the practice of writing.  Facilitated by Lorraine Hughes, Lorraine is Odawa and of the Moose Clan; she is a Seer and Energy healer and works with her gifts in a counselling format. She is also a visual artist and writer and these experiences inform and shed light on her messages from spirit. Workshop space is limited to 10 participants. Register via CLNx and community members can email:  

Beading Circle – March 11, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.  

To register for the Digital Indigenous Beading Circle, please e-mail Danii at Please note that we offer space for everyone to attend from 6:30-8pm, and space open to those who identify as Indigenous from 8-9:30pm.    

Tea & Talk – March 12, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.  

Grab yourself a cup of tea, relax, and listen to the stories and teachings that Bonnie and Lee have to share.  This week we will be joined by guest speaker Angela Elijah.  

Calendar year/Seasonal Ceremony Series Mar 16, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.  

Join us to hear about the observances and practices of the Omushkego Cree Traditional Ceremonial Calendar Year from guest speaker, Elder Andrew Wesley.  This event is the second in a three-part Series to share teachings on the Traditional Ceremonial Calendar Year for the Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabeg, and Omushkego Cree. Register at  &  Community members can email: to register.  

Strength, Education & Empowerment Days (SEED) for Indigenous Youth – Register by March 17  

One week (March 22-26) of free virtual learning from the University of Toronto, designed to empower Indigenous youth toward post-secondary education, for ages 13-18. Offered by the Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education, First Nations House, Hart House, the Faculty of Law and the Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health.

Finger Weaving Workshop – March 18, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.  

Learn beginner finger weaving techniques and about Métis culture in this two-hour virtual workshop. Facilitated by: Megan Southwell. Note that this workshop is reserved for students and alumni (within 2 years of graduation) that identify as Indigenous. Workshop supplies will be mailed to participants. In order to receive them in time, please register early! Registration deadline is March 8 2021.  For more info and to register: OR e-mail        

SAGE Virtual Workouts – SPOTS STILL AVAILABLE: Indigenous Graduate students, SAGE has partnered with Body Positive Fitness Inc., to provide 45-minute workout sessions twice a week for two more weeks, all done virtually with no equipment. The trainer will provide two different types of classes, stretch and boxing. No prior experience necessary. ALL fitness levels welcome! RSVP through this link  

U of T Community     

The Arctic Spirit: Healing Our Relationships | Hart House Global Commons March 8th   10:00 am – 11:30 am (EST)    

Join students from around the world for an interactive discussion with Sheila Watt-Cloutier about what Inuit leadership and culture can teach us about the global climate crisis.  Register here:    

Healing & Resistance   March 9, 530 – 8 p.m. via Blackboard Collab  

A Panel Discussion on Indigenous Dance moderated by Nichole Leveck and Meghan Yuri Young, with guest speakers and dancers, Danielle Migwans, Nazarene Pope and Robin Rice.  Register via:  

The Producers’ Circle, Hart House – March 10 5- 7pm   

The Producer’s Circle brings together students at U of T who are making music of any genre, and is meant to connect, uplift, and inspire.  This term we’re hosting a guest series, to offer perspectives, wisdom, and knowledge on music, business, and everything in between. Guests also hang out and listen to the music of participants and offer feedback.  Our guest on March 10 is David Strickland: David “Gordo” Strickland is an Indigenous, Toronto born and based award-winning engineer, mixer, producer.  

Webpage linking to registration: 

Transitional Year Program Outreach for Indigenous Students – Every Thursday at 3pm 

Interested in Pursuing University Studies? TYP is a full-time, eight-month access-to-University program. It is intended for adults who do not have the formal qualifications for university admission. This information session will introduce you to the history and culture of the program as well as the application process, finishing with a Q & A. To register, please fill out this form:  

Survey regarding Indigenous Business Training Program at U of T  

ICUBE at University of Toronto and Redbird Circle Inc., are partnering to develop an entrepreneurship/business training program with an Indigenous lens for Indigenous students. Your feedback will help inform this initiative. Link to survey:

Ageism, Person-Centered Care & Intergenerational Solidarity, Community Talk – Date TBD   

The aged in our society face a complex array of stereotypes, negatively impacting their overall health and well-being. To create more equitable outcomes for the elderly, Kensington Health’s Second Mile Club provides innovative programming that is attentive to their physical, psychosocial and spiritual needs.  More information and registration to join the Zoom meeting will be on CLNx soon!    

Student Life, Study Smart   

Develop the academic habits you need to get back on track, stay motivated and meet your academic goals through the Study Smart series. See program registration for details and dates. Visit the Student Life events calendar  or connect for an individual appointment with our learning strategists and peers  

UofT Emergency Food Bank  

offers large or small food boxes each week. It is a first come first serve program and sign up opens on Sunday. Keep in mind that only 50 food boxes are given out so sign up early. If you are getting an error issue when clicking on the link then the food boxes have been given out for the week. Please try again next week. –  


Is offering free food boxes for students. You’ll have to follow them on Facebook or Instagram to sign up when their forms go live on Mondays at noon. Here’s a link to their website – 

Financial Aid Opportunities 

Indigenous Student Bursary – Now accepting applications        

Available to all Indigenous students studying full-time/ part-time at the undergraduate, graduate or professional level. Based on financial need. For more info, contact Coordinator of Academic Supports (   

Job Opportunities  

NCFST, Case Manager, Street Outreach – Application Due March 10 

The Tikinagan Street Outreach is a new program. We are looking for an individual that has experience working with those that are visibly and invisibly homeless to help build and develop this new program. 


NCFST, Registered Early Childhood Educator – Application Due March 11 

The Registered Early Childhood Educator is responsible for developing and implementing early learning programs for children ranging from 0 to 6 years of age. To apply : Link: 

NCFST, Enikwenimaaged – One That Would Help – Application Due March 12 

Under the direction of the Supervisor, Mdewgaan Lodge, the Enikwenimaaged (Helper) will undertake the role of “Enikwenimaaged” more info Link: 

Contract Part time Link: 

Aboriginal Legal Services, Executive Assistant Trainee – Application Due March 12 by 5 p.m. 

The Executive Assistant Trainee provides administrative support to Directors and management, provides clerical support, and coordinates various office support functions under the direction of the Executive Director. Please submit your cover letter and resume with “EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TRAINEE” in the subject line to or fax it to (416)408-1568 

NCFST, Case Manager, Infant Mental Health Specialty – Application Due March 15 

Under the direction of the Supervisor, Pre/Postnatal the Case Manager will conduct intakes, service planning and discharge planning for all clients.  Assist clients, on an individual basis with their goal setting, and provide ongoing support to each client in reaching their goals. 


NCFST, Case Manager, Addiction Support – Application Due March 15 

Under the direction of the Supervisor, Tikinagan, the Pre/Postnatal Addiction Case Manager will provide pre/postnatal addiction case management to Aboriginal families Coordinate and facilitate participant based pre/postnatal harm reduction support groups when required. 


NCFST, Youth Studio Assistant Trainee – Application Due  March 16 

Under the direction of the Supervisor of Native youth Resource Centre, the Youth Studio Assistant Trainee will assist the Arts Program Coordinator with the daily opening and closing of the arts studio. Support the Arts Program Coordinator in delivery and facilitation of workshops and programming. Link: 

NCFST, Registered Early Childhood Educator – Application Due March 17 

The Registered Early Childhood Educator is responsible for developing and implementing early learning programs for children ranging from 0 to 6 years of age. Following/Implementing an emergent curriculum incorporating ELECT framework and Aboriginal framework.  


NCFST, Disclosure Clerk/Legal Assistant – Application Due March 18 

Under the direction of the Supervisor, Legal Services, the Disclosure Clerk. Legal Assistant is primarily responsible to respond to and process requests for record checks, access to records, and disclosure of information in accordance with Native Child policies and procedures and Part X of the Child, Youth and Family Services Act. In addition, this position will act as a back up to the Legal Assistant, and provide administrative support to Native Child’s in-house legal department.Link: 

NA-ME-RES, Administrative Office – Application Due March 18 at 12 noon 

The Administrative Officer will be responsible for providing high-level administrative support to the Executive Director and Board of Directors. 

A resume, cover letter to Fax #: (416) 652-3138 / Email: 

Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation (CTSI),Teaching Assistants’ Training Program – Application Due March 19  

Visit for more information.  

If you have any questions concerning these positions, please contact 

SickKids summer research student – Application due March 30   

We are looking for talented young individuals interested in a career in medical research to join our team this summer. There will be opportunities to learn basic research skills, learn about stem cells and their potential for regenerative medicine and how we are using them to find new therapies for lung diseases including COVID-19. This is a full-time paid summer research program. More information about the Wong lab found here: More information about this position found here:  

Seeking Artist ASAP: Mural for the lobby at the Drake Hotel in Toronto – Apply Now 

We’re looking to hire an Indigenous artist this is a paid position and would take place at the beginning of April 

Please e-mail with any questions or interest in the position and please include a portfolio, website or selected works. 

Tkaronto Community          

OISA, LSAT Bursary Program Launch – Due Date March 12, 11:59 p.m. 

Our final new projects this year is the launch of an LSAT Bursary Program for prospective law students. For the inaugural year of this program, we have secured bursaries for at least three Indigenous students from across Canada to register in a virtual LSAT preparation course in order to support their journey to law school. Link to the application can be found here:  

We’ve Found Our Voices/We’re Telling Our Stories – Call for Submissions due March 15   

Stories should be by survivors and/or adoptee Indigenous writers- First Nation, Inuit, Metis, Status and Non-Status (including those of mixed heritage/ancestry). Encourage submissions from 2 Spirit/LGBTQIAP folk. Submissions including Indigenous languages are also welcome, although please include English translations. For more info contact 

Indigenous COVID-19 Information and Resource      

The Indigenous COVID-19 Information and Resources Page is a guide full of information pertaining to health agencies, Indigenous responses to COVID-19 and wellness resources. This guide is a collaboration between the IEN and the OISE Library.

FNH Staff Contacts     

***FNH staff are available by phone and/or email***    

Michael White, Director    

416-978-0733 |      

Jennifer Wesley, Receptionist     

416-978-8227 |      

Contact if you have questions about First Nations House, or to sign up for the FNH Newsletter.      

Julie Ann Shepard, Coordinator of Academic Supports    

416-978-1290 |      

Contact to access supports and resources (i.e. academic advising, financial assistance, etc.).      

Bonnie-Jane Maracle, Learning Strategist      

Contact for help with writing, research strategies, exam preparation, or time management.      

Jeffrey Kiyoshk Ross, Resource Centre Coordinator     

416-978-0413 |     

Contact for help with Indigenous research /content and to connect with community resources.    

Natasha Naveau, Student Life Coordinator     

416-978-6993 |      

Contact for all programming related inquiries, including planning, design and implementation    

Dorothy Peters, Elder In Residence     

To schedule an appointment contact 416-978-8227 or     

Faith Chaput, Wellness Counsellor and Coordinator     

To schedule an appointment, contact Health and Wellness 416-978-8030 (select option “5”).       

Brandi Trzop-Goodick, Indigenous Career Coordinator     

Contact for questions about finding a job, resume help, exploring what to do with your degree.     

Lee Maracle, Traditional Teacher     

416-844-3116 |      

Contact for support, guidance and traditional teachings.      

Tracy Jacko, Recruitment Officer    

416-946-3570 |      

Contact for questions about access programs, or assistance with undergrad/grad application.    

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