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Book Club “Learning from and with Indigenous Community Members”

Join us for another session of the Learning from and with Indigenous Community Members Book Club on Monday, February 27, from 6-7:30 pm EST!
This book club will be a space where non-Indigenous and Indigenous people can come together to learn through conversations amongst Indigenous guest speakers in relation to Indigenous literature and topics that are meaningful to them and their nations/communities. It is an invitation to get to know Indigenous community members at York University and in neighbouring communities. The intention is to cultivate learning about the diverse histories, ways of knowing, ways of being, lived experiences, identities, and visions for the future of Indigenous Peoples. 
Our guest speakers are Tanya Senk and Bonnie Johnston who will be in dialogue with one another about the book Indigenous Toronto: Stories that Carry this Place edited by Rebeka Tabobondung, Denise Bolduc, Mnawaate Gordon-Corbiere


Tanya Senk is a Métis/Cree/Saulteaux educator, speaker, artist, and writer who has been working in the field of education for over twenty-five years. She is currently the first System Superintendent of Indigenous Education with the Toronto District School Board and has led system direction, including the strategic planning and vision of the Urban Indigenous Education Centre. She was also the Principal of the Kapapamahchakwew – Wandering Spirit School, K-12, where she is now the Superintendent. She was also seconded to the Faculty of Education, York University, as a Course Director at both the Regent Park and Jane and Finch, Teacher Education sites. She holds a B.F.A. Honours Specialist in Visual Arts, a B.Ed., and an M.Ed. in Indigenous Education. Tanya is a Ph.D. candidate at York University in the Faculty of Education and her research interests are Indigenous education and leadership.

Bonnie Johnston identifies as an Anishinaabe woman, mother, Kookum (grandmother), storyteller, helper and educator. She is a registered band member of Wauzhushk Onigum First Nation located in northwestern Ontario and currently lives and works in Toronto. 

Bonnie is a 2006 graduate from the University of Toronto with a Master of Social Work Degree & specialized practice in social justice and diversity. Bonnie is currently employed as a School Social Worker at the Urban Indigenous Education Centre, Toronto District School Board. She is also a part-time Lecturer in the School of Social Work at Toronto Metropolitan University and in the School of Justice and Emergency Services at Durham College.

Over the past 20 years, Bonnie has dedicated her life (paid and volunteer work) to helping people and communities. Areas of knowledge and experience include Indigenous holistic healing practices, community development, child welfare, mental health, addictions, family violence, bereavement, human trafficking and Indigenous justice strategies. In addition to the above, she is passionate and committed to maintaining balanced health and wellness through critical self-reflective practice and life-long learning.

This event is open to any member of the York University community. 
If you would like to join, please click on the following registration link


Feb 27 2023


6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Location: Zoom Meeting


Department of Indigenous Initiatives
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