Faculty of Education

Faculty of Education
Faculty of Education

Indigenous Teacher Education Program Office

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The Indigenous Teacher Education Program Office provides administrative, academic and cultural support for our ITEP campus and community-based teacher candidates, Faculty of Education students, faculty and staff, and the greater Queen's and Kingston community.


Queen's University sits on the traditional lands of the Haudenosaunee & Anishinaabe peoples
Queen’s Gchi-gkinoomaagegamig atemagad Haudenosaunee miinwaa Anishinaabe aking
Ne Queen’s University e’tho nońwe nikanónhsote tsi nońwe ne Haudenasaunee tánon Anishinaabek tehatihsnónhsahere ne óhontsa

For more information go to Traditional Territories on the Queen's Encyclopedia.



Services & Resources

Our ITEP administrative office is located at Queen’s Faculty of Education in Kingston, Ontario in room A246. It provides the following services:

  • offers administrative and teacher candidate support for the campus-based and community-based programs;
  • facilitates Indigenous education through events and other activities for/ with teacher candidates, staff and faculty;
  • facilitates the teacher candidates in connecting with the local Indigenous community through ceremonies, gatherings and traditional Elders;
  • ensures Indigenous counselling services for teacher candidates are made available as required through the Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre;
  • assists with career planning along with the Faculty of Education Career Services Office.

We also offer the following resources:

  • ITEP Education Resource Centre located in room A244, and which houses an extensive collection of Indigenous education resources and general Indigenous resources. ITEP lends these resources to all students, staff and faculty.
  • Indigenous Curriculum Resources at the Faculty of Education Library website:

PJ Indigenous Curriculum Resources
IS Indigenous Curriculum Resources

As well, our Manitoulin-North Shore community-based site has an On Site Coordinator to assist with course support.


It is important that you check your Queen's University email regularly, as all communication regarding ITEP and the Faculty of Education will be sent only to your @queensu.ca email account only. If you require assistance setting up or accessing your @queensu account please contact us. To access your e-mail from off-campus locations, please go to http://qwa.queensu.ca/.

SOLUS (Student On-Line University System)

(You must have a valid Queen's University email and NetID to access your SOLUS account.) You can access your own student information page regarding courses, marks and outstanding fees by going to SOLUS. For more information on SOLUS please go to the SOLUS Info for Students web page.

Fees & Funding

General tuition, funding and course registration information can be accessed by going to the Office of the University Registrar. All registration and tuition inquiries should be directed to the Faculty of Education Registrar's Office via email at educstudentservices@queensu.ca, or you can call our toll free number and we will transfer you to their office.

Important Funding Information

For information on financial assistance please contact please go to the Student Awards Office and the Indigenous Awards page.

If you are receiving third party funding (ie: band funding) please go to the following form for important dates and information:

If you are unable to pay your fees in full by the due date, please go to the following form for important dates and information:

Awards for Faculty of Education Students

The following awards have been made available thanks to the generosity of Queen's donors.

Students who are currently registered at Queen's University can apply for the following awards. Students will be notified by either the Student Awards Office or their Faculty if they have been selected for an award. 

Please pay close attention to the application instructions and deadlines.

Indigenous Teacher Education Practicum Award

Established in November 2015 by Nancy Gray, BA'77 and her husband William Gray. Awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need and academic achievement to part-time or full-time students in the Diploma or Bachelor of Education programs in the Faculty of Education wishing to broaden their studies through a practicum placement within a First Nations school or provincial school. First preference will be given to community based Indigenous Teacher Education program students and second preference will be given to Indigenous students. The award may be used for travel expenses, living expenses, and academic fees payable to Queen's University. The application process consists of two stages: 1) a financial statement submitted in September to Student Awards to determine eligibility 2) a proposal and application submitted in November to the Assistant to the Associate Dean, Graduate Studies and Research, Faculty of Education. Selection will be made by the Student and Faculty Travel Awards Committee in the Faculty of Education.

Community-based Practicum

Teacher candidates currently enrolled in the community-based ITEP offerings complete eighteen weeks of practicum - normally in three- or four-week blocks, with one placement in the spring of the first year, followed by a placement in the fall term and a placement in the winter term of the Year One. In Year Two, teacher candidates complete a fall, winter and spring placement. Teacher candidates are placed in First Nation and provincial elementary schools, and must get experience in both primary and junior divisions. They may be placed in their home regions where possible. Under no circumstances are teacher candidates allowed to arrange their own practicum. Practicum placements are arranged by the community-based on-site coordinators. Please see the handbook for your respective site below:

Practicum Handbooks

Practicum Placement Procedures

Teacher candidates are placed in Associate Schools within their community-based program region. Candidates are invited to indicate their first three placement preference regions, using a form provided by the ITEP office. While ITEP makes every effort to accommodate first choices, there is no guarantee that the practicum can be arranged in any of the three placement  regions indicated. Where a placement cannot be found, the teacher candidate will be contacted and may be requested to provide additional input.

Practicum Assessments

All community-based ITEP teacher candidates must use the following site-specific practicum assessment forms. Do not use the Faculty of Education assessment forms. Please note that it is the responsibility of the teacher candidate to submit the signed and dated forms immediately following completion.

2019-21 Cohort Practicum Forms

PRAC 415 Practicum Forms 

PRAC 425 Forms 

PRAC 435-445-465 Forms 

    2020-22 Cohort Practicum Forms

    PRAC 415 Practicum Forms * Due to COVID 19 – online module only

    PRAC 425 Forms 

    PRAC 435-445-465 Forms

    Transitional CoQR Placement (Workplace) Form

    Other Forms & Documents

    CPIC and Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS) Check

    The Faculty of Education, Queen's University does not require a Police Record Check as a condition of admission.  However, Teacher Candidates require a police check that includes a “vulnerable sector screening” in order to work with children in schools.  Your Police Record Check must be acceptable to the school boards utilized by the Faculty of Education for practicum placements.  If information appears on your police record check that is unacceptable to school boards, you will not be able to complete your practicum and therefore be required to withdraw from the program.

    All teacher candidates enrolled in any Ontario Faculty of Education must have a police record check that includes a Vulnerable Sector Check before they can enter schools in Ontario for their practicum placement.

    CPIC (VSS) documentation must be verified for authenticity by the Faculty of Education at least two weeks prior to starting a practicum in a school. Candidates without a current VSS will not be able to start their placement.

    Teacher Candidates must apply for a Police Check that includes a “Vulnerable Sector Screening” through the Police Department in the city/town/community where they are residing at the time of application. The “current/home” address on the application must be in the same jurisdiction as the Police Department where the application is made. Please note that police departments do require proof of residency (e.g. utility bill) with your name on it in order to proceed with your police check.

    Some Police Departments require a letter identifying the candidate and the reason for requesting the Vulnerable Sector Police Check. If your home police department requires this, please email the ITEP Central Office and we will respond to you with the required letter as an attachment.

    If the Police Department in which you are obtaining your Vulnerable Sector Police Check has a specific document on which they require an official stamp or signature, send the documentation (with your sections of the form completed) to Student Services with a self-addressed stamped envelope. The Student Services Office will complete the sections of the form required of the faculty and return the document to you.

    For questions regarding the Police Check, please contact the ITEP Central Office at 1-800-862-6701.

    It is important to allow adequate time for processing – a minimum of six weeks is recommended. The time will be longer (e.g. four months or more) should any fingerprinting be required by the Vulnerable Sector Screening process.

    The Police Check must be no more than 6 months old at the time of starting the placement.

    Workplace Health and Safety Forms & Mandatory Health and Safety Training

    TB Test Requirements

    ITEP teacher candidates are required to prove that they are free from active tuberculosis prior to placement in a classroom setting. In order to comply with the requirements of many First Nations education authorities in Ontario, teacher candidates are asked to provide a copy of a TB test result dated within one year of the date of the placement. Copies of TB test results are to be submitted to ITEP Central Office.

    Letter to Placement Employers

    The Government of Ontario through its WSIB program for student trainees, covers the cost of workplace insurance for injuries or disease incurred while on an unpaid placement. Therefore, the Government of Ontario requires information regarding whether your host institution is in a compulsorily covered industry or an industry that has voluntarily applied to have WSIB coverage**. The Government of Ontario through its WSIB program also covers the cost of private insurance with Chubb insurance for unpaid placements in settings that are not required to have compulsory coverage under WSIB.  The Placement Employer Declaration form must be completed and signed by the host institution/agency and returned to the ITEP Central Office as part of the arrangement process. The Employer Letter must be on file prior to the start of the practicum. Schools placing more than one candidate need only to sign one declaration form.

    Workplace Safety Insurance Board

    Candidates must read the WSIB Guidelines for Unpaid Work Placements and the WSIB Unpaid Work Placements Q & A, and a Student Declaration of Understanding form must be completed and submitted to the ITEP Central Office before you start your placement. This form is a declaration of understanding of insurance coverage for unpaid placements. The guidelines for workplace insurance for post-secondary students in unpaid placements, and FAQs, are posted below. Be sure to read these documents before signing the declaration form.

    Mandatory Health & Safety Training

    The Occupational Health and Safety Awareness and Training Regulation (Ontario Regulation 297/13), under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), became enforceable as of July 1, 2014.  Effective July 2015, the definition of worker under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) expanded coverage of the OHSA to unpaid co-op students, certain other learners and trainees participating in a work placement in Ontario. Specifically, the new definition of worker now includes other unpaid learns participating in a program approved by a post-secondary institution; e.g. student teachers and any unpaid trainees who are not employees for the purposes of the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) because they meet certain conditions.

    The regulatory requirements apply to all workplaces including school boards covered under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). All school boards must ensure workers complete, or have completed an awareness training program that meets the regulatory requirements.  To this end, student teachers from accredited B.Ed. programs, as requested by the AODE, are required to have basic awareness and other specific workplace health and safety training required under the OHSA and its regulations provided by the host employer, in this case, school boards.

    As part of facilitating B.Ed./Dip.Ed. practicum placements within school boards, candidates must successfully complete the Ministry of Labour's Worker Awareness in 4 Steps online training. Some boards will also require additional relevant Health and Safety Training and candidates will be informed by email, where to find the additional training required for the board in which they are placed.

    Once the Worker Awareness in 4 Steps on-line training is completed, *ITEP teacher candidates must submit to ITEP Central Office via email a copy of the certification of completion and a print copy of the certificate to take to their Associate School on the first day of practicum.  We recommend keeping an electronic copy in your personal records so you can provide copies to any other potential placement administration (e.g., for Alternative Practicum).


      Regulations & Policies

      Important Documentation

      It is very important that you complete and bring all documents included in the package that we emailed to you with you to orientation. If you have not received this email or require replacement documentation to be sent to you, please contact us as soon as possible.

      Sacred Medicine Garden - Mshkiki Gitigan - Onónhkwa Nikahehtó:ten

      In June 2015, as part of our mandate to share traditional knowledge, the teacher candidates, staff and faculty of the Indigenous Teacher Education Program planted a garden to give our Faculty of Education community a first-hand look at some of the traditional medicines and agricultural practices of Indigenous people. The garden and the information on this webpage are offered as a teaching and learning resource. In addition, all the medicines and other crops will be harvested and used throughout the year in various activities of the Indigenous Teacher Education Program.

      Three Sisters - Áhsen nikontate’kén:’a - Niswi ikwe wiiji’ayaag 
      (Corn-Ó:nenhste-Mandaamin), (Beans-Osahè:ta-Mskodiisminag), (Squash-Onon’ónhsera-Wewiinbaanh)

      The ‘Three Sisters’ are three main agricultural crops developed and utilized for centuries by Indigenous people in various regions of the Americas. ‘Three Sisters’ is a traditional Haudenoshonee term for these complementary plants. Corn, beans and squash, when planted together, benefit from one other in a variety of ways. Corn provides a ‘pole’ to support the bean plants as they grow; beans provide nitrogen to the soil for the benefit of the other two crops; and squash covers the ground, discouraging insects and keeping the plants from drying out. Nutritionally, corn, beans and squash with their combined proteins and amino acids can contribute significantly to a balanced diet.

      The corn or ‘maize’ in our garden is ‘True Gold Sweet Corn,’ a traditional variety. Originally developed by Indigenous agriculturalists and used over thousands of years, it is thought that today’s corn had its beginning in grasses found in Central America. Selective breeding by local groups of Indigenous farmers generated the broad diversity of corn varieties that have provided a foundation for today’s corn, grown around the world.  -- University of Utah Genetic Science Centre http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/selection/corn/

      Today, corn ranks first in the top five grain crops worldwide.

      While we have used golden and green wax beans in the Medicine Garden, there are many other types of beans found in Indigenous gardens, including Pinto, Black, Red, Tepary and others. Beans continue to be a primary food source around the world.

      There are dozens of varieties of squash derived from traditional plants. Our garden includes both eating squash and gourds. Traditionally, gourds were used for everything from containers to rattles to birdhouses! Visit the garden later in the season to see live examples (Birdhouse Gourds and Sweet Dumpling, Butternut and Spaghetti squash).

      Strawberry - Ken’niyohontéhsha - Ode’min

      “The strawberry teaches forgiveness and peace. The strawberry is shaped like a heart, and strawberries are known to our people as ‘heart berries.’   -- Elder Lillian Pitawanakwat

      June is often referred to as “Strawberry Moon” (Odemiini-giizis), the month when most strawberries began to ripen. During this time, there are many ceremonial and community gatherings celebrating the arrival of this treasured fruit. As well as a rich nutritional source of Vitamin C and antioxidants, the leaves, roots and the berries have provided important remedies for a variety of ailments (e.g. digestive issues, inflammations, burns and sores, blood disorders…).

      Our garden has two strawberry varieties planted in pots and in the ground – Alpine Strawberry and Wild Strawberry, both indigenous to Canada.

      Tobacco - Oyenkwa’òn:we - Asemaa

      Tobacco is one of the four sacred medicines (Sacred Tobacco, Cedar, Sage and Sweetgrass). It is sometimes referred to as the ‘first medicine’ because of its importance and interaction with the other sacred plants.

      “When used properly, Sacred Tobacco can be used to communicate with the Spirit World and the Creator. In its original form, tobacco had both honour and purpose in Indigenous ceremonies…. Smoking cigarettes and chewing tobacco have no connection to Indigenous spirituality. Traditional tobacco is intended to be used in small amounts for prayers and ceremonies.” Indigenous Tobacco Program --  http://www.tobaccowise.com/cms/One.aspx?portalId=44644&pageId=46570

      Cedar - Onenta’nó:ron - Giizhik

      Like tobacco, cedar is used in ceremonies and smudges, and has many other uses as well. It can be used to purify the home, as a medicinal tea for cold sufferers, and as a building material. It is often used to cover the floor of the sweatlodge. Traditionally, cedar bark was woven into mats and bags, twisted into rope, and was also used to build boats and dwellings, among other things.

      Sage - Atya - Mashkodewaashk

      The garden has two types of sage -- White Sage and Prairie Wormwood Sage. White sage or sagebrush, commonly found in the Southwest, as well as Prairie Wormwood, native to Canada, are both used in smudging. Sage has a multitude of other uses too. Prairie Sage or wormwood is known for its efficacy in treating intestinal problems and fever, is good for the liver and gall bladder, and can stimulate the appetite.

      Sweetgrass - Kahentákon-Wiingashk

      Sweetgrass is often called the ‘sacred hair of Mother Earth.’ Like sage and cedar, sweetgrass is used for smudging and purification, and can have a calming effect. Sweetgrass is usually braided and dried, and will then keep its aroma for a long time. Along with other medicines in our garden, our Sweetgrass will be used in the weekly Smudge Ceremony offered by ITEP this fall and winter. All are welcome to attend.

      Bear Berry - Kinnikinnick

      Along with red willow bark and tobacco, bearberry leaves are used in making a sacred pipe blend known as "Kinnikinnick" (Delaware, loosely translated as ‘smoking mixture’). Tannin from bearberry leaves has also been used in tanning hides. A tea made from the leaves is said to be useful in treating kidney and bladder infections. Bearberry grows in all provinces of Ontario, and at various elevations from sea-level to sub-alpine. In the wild, it “provides nectar, which has been known to attract butterfly caterpillars, butterflies and hummingbirds. Its leaves are eaten by many mammals including deer, elk, bighorn sheep and moose, and it acts as a larval food plant for some butterfly species. Bearberry fruit is eaten by birds such as thrushes, wrens, grouse, robins and waxwings. Other animals that use the fruit as a winter food source are bears, deer and small mammals.” -- S. Coulber, Canadian Wildlife Federation http://cwf-fcf.org/en/discover-wildlife/flora-fauna/flora/bearberry.html

      Note: The information on this site is provided for information purposes only, and is not intended to advocate the use of these plants for medicinal or food purposes. Caution is urged in the use of any plant without full knowledge of its properties and possible side effects. It is important to keep in mind that many plants are poisonous or harmful if eaten or used externally. 

      Wabano Centre for Indigenous Health Strawberry Teachings Brochure

      Anishnawbe Health Toronto Traditional Teachings Brochure

      Métis Nation of Ontario – Southern Ontario Métis Traditional Plant Use Study 

      More than Bows and Arrows

      Indigenous Sustainability and Nature Teaching Resources

      The following sources have been selected as teaching tools for grades K-12. They include Primary/Junior and Intermediate/Senior resources as well as resources for teachers to learn about Indigenous and environmental content. It is in no way meant to be an extensive list of what the Queen’s University Library has to offer. However, this list provides a starting point for incorporating Indigenous content into the Ontario curriculum. The list contains fiction, non-fiction and textbooks for teachers to use to guide their lesson planning.

      Created by: Jessica Pemberton, BAH, History, 2015- Queen’s University
      ITEP Sacred Medicine Garden Helper 2016,
      B.Ed., Teacher Candidate 2016-17, Indigenous Teacher Education Program - Queen’s University.

      Bibliography annotated by: Krista McNamara
      ITEP Sacred Medicine Garden Helper 2017,
      B.Ed.,Teacher Candidate 2017-18, Indigenous Teacher Education Program - Queen’s University.


      We would like to thank the following for their support and guidance in making the ITEP Sacred Medicine Garden a success;

      • The Faculty of Education Deans, Faculty, Staff and Teacher Candidates for all of their encouragement, planting, weeding and support;
      • Queen's University Physical Plant Services Mathew Barrett, Grounds Manager for the donation of the space and preparation of the area so we could plant our medicines;
      • Education Students’ Society (E.S.S.) for their generous donation towards the purchase of two planter pots for our strawberry plants;
      • Faculty of Education Facility Supervisor & Safety Officer, Chris Ingram for his support in making the garden possible;
      • Technological Education - Administrative Assistant & Workshop Supervisor, Ken Ball, for his support and use of the Tech Ed space to grow our seedlings.
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      Duncan McArthur Hall, Room A246
      511 Union Street, Queen's University
      Kingston ON K7M 5R7

      General Inquiries

      E-mail: itep@queensu.ca
      Toll-Free Phone: 1-800-862-6701
      Local Phone: 613-533-6218
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      Location & Mailing Address

      Jacinta Shawanda
      Programs Coordinator – Teaching & Learning
      c/o Kenjgewin Teg
      P.O. Box 328
      M’Chigeeng, ON, P0P1G0

      General Inquiries

      E-mail: JacintaShawanda@kenjgewinteg.ca
      Toll-Free Phone: 1-888-536-5439
      Local Phone: 705-377-4342
      Fax: 705-377-4379


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      Monday to Friday
      Statutory holidays and Indigenous Day are observed