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Truth and Reconciliation at Toronto Metropolitan University

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which was tasked with gathering information about and promoting awareness of Residential Schools in Canada, delivered its final report in 2015. The final report included 94 Calls to Action, a number of which relate to post-secondary education.

The summary community consultation report entitled Truth and Reconciliation at Ryerson: Building a Foundation for Generations to Come was presented to the president and provost in a community celebration on January 26, 2018. The celebration included the unveiling of a plaque to accompany the Egerton Ryerson statue as a reminder to our commitment to truth and reconciliation in light of our namesake’s connection to residential schools. 


Indigenous Design Books

The Handbook of Contemporary Indigenous Architecture

This Handbook provides the first comprehensive international overview of significant contemporary Indigenous architecture, practice, and discourse, showcasing established and emerging Indigenous authors and practitioners from Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand, the Pacific Islands, Canada, USA and other countries. It captures the breadth and depth of contemporary work in the field, establishes the historical and present context of the work, and highlights important future directions for research and practice.

New Architecture on Indigenous Lands

"Black Elk speaks of the 'square boxes' his people were forced into, and Winona LaDuke of the 'boxes of mints' on Native lands. As long as the government was deciding what tribal buildings should look like, Native custom and culture were bound to be boxed in--or boxed out. But in the post-1996 era of more flexible housing policies, Native peoples have assumed a key role in the design of buildings on tribal lands. The result is an architecture that finally accords with the traditions and ideas of the people who inhabit it. With close attention to details of design, questions of tradition, and cultural issues, and through interviews with designers and their Native clients, the authors provide an in-depth introduction to the new Native architecture in its many guises--and a rare chance to appreciate its aesthetic power"-- Provided by publisher.

Indigenous Research Methodologies

Following the increasing emphasis in the classroom and in the field to sensitize researchers and students to diverse epistemologies, methods, and methodologies - especially those of women, minority groups, former colonized societies, indigenous people, historically oppressed communities, and people with disabilities, author Bagele Chilisa has written the first research methods textbook that situates research in a larger, historical, cultural, and global context with case studies from around the globe to make very visible the specific methodologies that are commensurate with the transformative paradigm of research and the historical and cultural traditions of indigenous peoples. Chapters cover the history of research methods, colonial epistemologies, research within postcolonial societies, relational epistemologies, emergent and indigenous methodologies, Afrocentric research, feminist research, language frameworks, interviewing, and building partnerships between researchers and the researched.

Indigenous Modernities : Negotiating Architecture and Urbanism

Becoming 'modern' -- Fragmenting domestic landscapes: from mansions to margins -- Negotiating streets and squares: spatial culture in the public realm -- Sanitizing neighborhoods: geographies of health -- Beyond the walls: commerce of urban expansion -- Imagining modernity: symbolic terrains of housing -- Recovering an urban past.

indigenous placekeeping : campus design + planning

Indigenous Placekeeping : Campus Design + Planning

"We dedicate this book to the First Peoples of North America who attended residential and boarding schools."

DESIGN PROCESS -- 2.1 international indigenous design charter -- 2.2 indigenous design principles for campus development -- 2.3 how other universities are honoring indigenous culture -- 2.4 project timeline -- 2.5 methodology: design work in a good way -- 2.6 indigenous design journeying -- p26 DESIGN RESEARCH -- 3.1 Hohokam canals: the history of Phoenix -- 3.2 statistics: indigenous students at ASU -- 3.3 the 22 Native American tribes of Arizona -- 3.4 indigenous dwelling structures of Arizona tribes -- 3.5 overview of four ASU campuses -- p60 DESIGN IDEATION -- 4.1 indigenous campus design matrix -- 4.2 16 proposals for indigenous design at ASU -- p96 THE LIVING PROJECT 5.1 indigenous students at the Design School -- 5.2 creating a comprehensive campus-wide strategy.

RAIC Indigenous Architecture Reports

Reconciliation, Place-Making, and Identity: RAIC releases report on International Indigenous Architecture and Design Symposium

Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) is pleased to announce that the Highlights Report of the first RAIC International Indigenous Architecture and Design Symposium is now available for download.

The richly illustrated 56-page report summarizes the presentations of more than 20 Indigenous architects, designers, and other professionals as well as students and interns from across Canada, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. Jason Surkan and RAIC staff produced the Highlights Report. - November 29, 2018


RAIC presents case studies on designing with Indigenous communities

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) has produced a free, public document that describes best practices in working with Indigenous communities on architectural projects.

The report titled Four Case Studies Exemplifying Best Practices in Architectural Co-design and Building with First Nations is a resource for architects, designers, clients, funders, and policy-makers involved in the creation of new infrastructure facilities and housing in First Nation, Inuit, and other Indigenous communities. It is available on the RAIC website at Images are available here.


Web Resources

Q&A: The Indigenous Design Perspective - University of Melbourne
Jefa Greenaway, of the Wailwan and Kamilaroi people, is an architect and lecturer at the University of Melbourne. He is both the curator of the exhibition and convenor of the Indigenous Design Symposium.