Indigenizing University Mathematics

Tuesday, December 7, 2021



As part of the Canadian Mathematics Society Winter Meeting that was held online between December 3-7, 2021, Naomi Borwein (University of Windsor), Florence G lanfield(University of Alberta), and Veselin Jungic (Simon Fraser University) organized a session entitled "Indigenizing University Mathematics"


This session will give an opportunity to the Canadian mathematics community to further explore what it means to Indigenize university mathematics, both in education and research.

Our community faces increasing expectations from our students, our institutions, and wider Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities to address an array of questions, from the role of mathematics in the process of colonization to strengthening connections between traditional knowledges (as the holistic total of an Indigenous peoples’ understanding of the world) and academic mathematics to creating a learning environment in which Indigenous learners would fulfill their mathematical potentials; and finally perspectives on what it means to Indigenize university mathematics.

In this session, through presentations by Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars, and a panel discussion, we aim to engage the CMS members in a meaningful conversation about possibilities, realities, applications, and implications of Indigenizing university mathematics.

Indeed, Indigenizing university mathematics is challenging in interesting ways that may, in the long run, help us to understand ourselves and our own beloved discipline better.


9:00 - 10:25 Intro: Edward Doolittle, Hannes Edinger, Robert Megginson, with Florence GlanfieldThemes and Conversations: Indigenizing University Mathematics
10:30 - 11:00 Henry Fowler (Navajo Institute for Technology)
11:00 - 11:30 Shawn Desaulniers (University of Alberta), It Takes A Community To Raise A Scholar
13:30 - 14:00 Kori Czuy (University of Calgary), Protocols of Indigenous Mathematics
14:00 - 14:30 Melania Alvarez (University of British Columbia), Breaking cycles and Barriers
14:30 - 15:00 Broderick Causley (McGill University), Weaving Indigenous Pedagogy and Heutagogy into a Mathematics Course
15:30 - 16:00 Belin Tsinnajinnie (Santa Fe Community College), Identifying and Disrupting Settler Colonialism in Mathematics
16:00 - 16:30 Kamuela Yong (University of Hawaii), Incorporating Hawaiian knowledge, way of life, and language in math
16:30 - 17:00 Michael Donovan (Macquarie University), What does it mean to Indigenize university mathematics?
17:00 - 17:30 Final Panel: Naomi Borwein, Edward Doolittle, Florence Glanfield, and Veselin JungicLooking Forward: Imagining Indigenizing University Mathematics