Indigenous knowledge


IK CoP Video Trailer: click the image below for an overview of the Indigenous Knowledge & Mathematics Education CoP!

FNMIEAO Educator Conference October 28-29 2017: Held in London, Ontario; Special mathematics workshop series in connection with our Indigenous Knowledge in Mathematics Education CoP! Check out their flyers below and see their guidebook for conference details.

Catch up with the Indigenous Knowledge and Mathematics Education CoP! See their latest updates here.


The recent Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action (2015) outlines many recommendations for educators and school districts. The need to adapt these recommendations for First Nations, Métis and Inuit students’ learning is underway and some progress has been made for most subject areas, particularly in the area of Ministry of Education resources. Mathematics education is arguably one of the subject areas that is least developed in terms of Indigenous Ways of Knowing. Teachers are particularly underprepared – the challenges are widespread and permeate classrooms both on and off reserves.  The aim of this CoP is advancing mathematics learning for First Nations, Métis and Inuit students, building on ways that have been identified through traditional technologies and design, as well as expanding the lens of educators to deepen their understanding on the benefits of integrating Indigenous Ways of Knowing into their practice.  Membership in this CoP will include Indigenous community leaders, Elders, and/or Traditional Knowledge Holders.



First Nations, Métis & Inuit Education Association of Ontario (FNMIEAO), Trent University, & York Region DSB.


Greater Essex County DSB, Durham DSB, Dufferin-Peel Catholic DSB, Kawartha Pine Ridge DSB, Rainy River DSB, Peterborough, Victoria, Northumberland and Clarington Catholic DSB, Kengjewin Teg Education Institute (KTEI), Queen’s University,  OISE/Jackman Institute, Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association (OECTA), Ontario Association for Mathematics Education (OAME), Ontario Mathematics Coordinators Association (OMCA), Ontario Secondary School Teacher’s Federation (OSSTF), Ontario Teacher’s Federation (OTF), & TVO.


Kelly Bairos (KNAER Secretariat), Katina Papulkas (TVO), Karen Bridson (TVO), Leah Kearney (TVO).



  • Coordinate CoP network and facilitate meetings
  • Provide support for members
  • Facilitate meetings
  • Support connections with Elders, Knowledge Keepers etc.
  • Attend and present at conferences such as OAME and WIPCE

Trent University

  • Support FNMIEAO with the coordination of the CoP network and facilitation of meetings
  • Play an ongoing active role in supporting the organizational efforts and communications of FNMIEAO and others involved in the CoP

Greater Essex DSB

  • Continue Indigenous Focused Collaborative Inquiries.  These inquires involve 6 different schools.  The inquiries are self-directed with support from central program staff therefore each focus is unique to their own students, school and community context.


  • Continue to deliver Lodge build course
  • Continue development of IK courses with math connection
  • Collaborate with First Nations communities, students and parents around the importance of IK and Math connections.


  • collaborative work in early years math with Anishinaabe educational leaders and teachers from Seven Generations Education Institute and the Rainy River DSB and  students and families they serve.
  • involved in piloting an integrated inquiry with students and teachers that uses math, science and mapping to raise awareness of  drinking water advisories in First Nation communities.

Queen’s University

  • Collaborate with teacher candidates in our campus-based and community-based (KTEI and SGEI) programs to develop resources on Indigenous mathematics;
  • Collaborate with researchers at other institutions to build on existing work we have done in the field of Indigenous mathematics and Mathematics education;

For more details, see the Indigenous Knowledge and Mathematics Education Implementation Plan Document.


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