Indigenous knowledge


IK CoP Video Series (September 2018). See the flyer below for details and access the videos at

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 Indigenous Knowledge and Mathematics Community of Practice (CoP), led by the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education Association of Ontario, is one of four CoPs that are part of the Math Knowledge Network.


In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada released 94 Calls to Action, which includes mandatory learning about Indigenous Peoples histories, perspectives and contributions in schools K-12, as well as in post-secondary institutions.  While these changes to curriculum are underway, Mathematics education is arguably one of the subject areas that is least developed in terms of Indigenous knowledge, pedagogies, epistemologies and methodologies.


The goals of this CoP are to:

  • Foster collaborative relationships between Indigenous Peoples and communities who hold the Indigenous Knowledge, together with educators who teach mathematics in order to create powerful learning environments for all students to succeed
  • Identify misconceptions pertaining to Indigenous Knowledge due to the impacts of colonization in order to transform professional practice and teacher efficacy to create positive and safe learning environments
  • Provide opportunities for land-based learning alongside Indigenous Peoples and communities to build understanding and knowledge
  • Highlight successful practices that model exemplary partnerships and learning in the area of Indigenous Knowledge and Mathematics


School Boards: Dufferin Peel Catholic DSB; Durham DSB; Greater Essex County DSB; Kawartha Pine Ridge DSB; Near North DSB; Rainy River DSB.

First Nation Communities/Organizations: Anishinaabek Education System; Curve Lake First Nation; 7 Generations Education Institute.

Organizations: Association Francophone pour l’Enseignement des Mathématiques en Ontario (AFEMO); Knowledge Network of Applied Education Research (KNAER); First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education Association of Ontario (FNMIEAO); Mathematics Knowledge Network (MKN); Ontario Association for Mathematics Association (OAME); Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA); Ontario Mathematics Coordinators Association (OMCA); Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF); Ontario Teachers’ Federation (OTF).

Post-Secondary Institutions: Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study – OISE – University of Toronto; McMaster University; Queen’s University; Trent University.

International: Te Wharekura o Maniapoto (New Zealand); NASA Astrobiology Program, NASA Science Mission Directorate. 



  • 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 County 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.


  • 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  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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