The entry point to this discussion on Indigenous people is different in that it does not begin with the Indigenous worldview but rather the influences that shaped a European worldview that became a global perception. The goals of this approach are to question this global perception because it has been and is a view that is most often used to evaluate Indigenous worldviews and expressions.

This presentation will re-examine the dominant worldview to question many of the key views have been inherited and perhaps unquestioned. However, there are many points in this presentation that are intended to reveal how much of the human experience has been a transition shared by all races across the centuries.

“Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity or it becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world.” – Richard Shaull, Pedagogy of the Oppressed: Author Paulo Freire

Facilitated by: Eric Johnston (Indigenous Cultural Educator, Native Canadian Centre Toronto)

Monday, June 7, 2021 – (2pm – 4 pm)


Eric Johnston

Eric Johnston with his daughter

Eric Johnston has extensive work experience in provincial/federal/international forums dealing with Indigenous/treaty-based rights in terrestrial and aquatic environments.

He has extensive experience in addressing issues and methods advancing rights recognition, utilizing traditional environmental knowledge (TEK), advancing First Nations managerial authority, negotiating jurisdictional conflicts linked to federal/provincial legislative agency mandates impeding Anishnabek management of Indigenous and treaty rights.

His work includes researching the processes advancing tribal management in education, indigenous natural resource management informed by TEK, historical territorial occupation and usage intrinsic to Indigenous/treaty rights activity. He also had significant experience in analyzing crown action powered by political/legislative/policy. Additionally, he is an accomplished proposal writer and evaluator.

As a practice facilitator that is able to reference multiple academic disciplines supporting the Indigenous mental experience, validating Indigenous world views, knowledge and values that has had a contributing presence to Canadian domestic society.