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Laurier's Master of Social Work (MSW) Indigenous Field of Study* is recognized as a graduate program for excellence in delivering Indigenous centred content and curriculum. This "train the trainer" program will train other Indigenous educators on how the Indigenous Field of Study engages in Indigegogy. Indigegogy is the practice of teaching and learning that is centred in indigenous knowledge and wholistic approaches. The audience for this certificate are Indigenous (First Nations, Metis, Inuit, non-status and self-identified) educators across Canada who want to increase their capacity and ability to integrate their worldview into their curriculum and teaching practices.

Indigegogy is a term coined by Stan Wilson, a Cree Elder and Educator. Indigegogy means using Indigenous knowledge, and Indigenous ways of learning to create and provide education. This unique insight is increasingly important across Canada as a response to the needs of Indigenous students and communities as outlined in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

The Indigenous Educators' Certificate in Indigegogy is designed for educators who wish to develop the capacity for bringing Indigenous ways of knowing and learning to their curriculum. It will provide an opportunity for educators to build capacity and participate in training in an experiential manner using Indigegogy practices. Educators will then be able to adopt and translate their new knowledge into community specific and culturally relevant contexts within their specific Indigenous territories, traditions, languages, cultures and work place.   

The faculty and Elders of the Indigenous Field of Study program are the module instructors for the Indigenous Educators’ Certificate as this certificate is based on Indigegogy of the MSW Indigenous Field of Study program. Their goals are to transfer their knowledge and skills of Indigegogy to participants with an objective of building both confidence and capacity of participants to engage in Indigegogy in their teaching and program development.  

There are seven modules for the Indigenous Educators' Certificate in Indigegogy. Throughout each module the focus will be on the learning process through experiential, reflexive and practice based learning. Each module is 21 hours (three days).

The modules are offered over a two-year period, but you do not need to take the modules in order from the beginning. You can sign up for any module at any time.

Certificates will be awarded upon completion of five modules (105 hours of instruction).

Participants can also choose to take all seven modules (147 hours of instruction) receive an Advanced Level of Certification.

*Formerly Aboriginal Field of Study. Name change subject to Senate approval.

Who is Eligible for this Program?

  • We encourage First Nations, Metis, Inuit and self-identified Indigenous people to participate in this program.
  • There will be exceptions for non-Indigenous educators if you are working with Indigenous students. Non-Indigenous educators can be in touch with Laura Mastronardi at lmastronardi@wlu.ca.

Modules

Module 1: Stepping into Your Centre

  • Dates: Aug. 17-19, 2017
  • Time: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Location: Kitchener, ON
  • Facilitators:
    • Banakonda Kennedy-Kish Bell, full-time Elder-in-Residence, MSW Indigenous Field of Study
    • Kathy Absolon King, MSW, PhD; director for the Centre for Indigegogy; associate professor, MSW Indigenous Field of Study

Engaging in Indigegogy requires grounded and centred educators. This inaugural module is foundational to introducing participants to Indigegogy. It provides experiential learning for participants as they begin to “Step into the Centre” of themselves and their learning journey. This module will be facilitated both in circle and on the land. It will aim to increase the participants’ awareness and understanding of self in their wholistic teaching and learning journey.

Participants will be asked to be open to ceremony.

There is an early-bird discount for those who register by July 7, 2017.

Learning Goals

Participants will:

  • Be introduced to the Indigenous Field of Study and principles of Indigegogy.
  • Explore their cultural identify and learning goals in Indigegogy.
  • Learn and explore wholistic teaching and learning through Indigegogy.
  • Experience Indigenous centred knowledge.

Outcomes

Participant will leave with:

  • Culturally infused teachings.
  • Knowledge and tools of wholism.
  • Transformative experiences.
  • A broader network and support system.
  • A stronger sense of one’s cultural identity in their own teaching and learning.

Module 2: Circle Work

  • Dates: Nov. 16-18, 2017
  • Time: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Location: Circle Room, 120 Duke St.
  • Facilitators:
    • Kathy Absolon King, MSW, PhD; director for the Centre for Indigegogy; associate professor, MSW Indigenous Field of Study
    • Banakonda Kennedy-Kish Bell, full-time Elder-in-Residence, MSW Indigenous Field of Study

Circle work is central to Indigegogy. In this module participants will experience circle as a teaching and learning methodology. The emphasis of this three-day learning will be on circle philosophy, teachings and practices. Principles and ethics of teaching and learning in circle are the focus of this module. Participants will be making Shakers during this time.

There is an early-bird discount for those who register by Oct. 6, 2017.

Learning Goals

Participants will:

  • Learn the teachings of the Circle.
  • Learn circle protocols of teaching in the presence of sacred medicines.
  • Practice circle facilitation and protocols.
  • Make a shaker (all materials will be supplied).
  • Receive teachings on the shaker.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will leave with:

  • Methods for circle work in Indigegogy.
  • Their own Shaker and teachings.
  • Songs to accompany their shaker.
  • Increased comfort and confidence in initiating circle work in the classroom.

Module 3: Building Our Bundles

  • Dates: Jan. 25-27, 2018
  • Time: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Location: Circle Room, 120 Duke St.
  • Facilitators:
    • Kathy Absolon King, MSW, PhD; director for the Centre for Indigegogy; associate professor, MSW Indigenous Field of Study
    • Banakonda Kennedy-Kish Bell, full-time Elder-in-Residence, MSW Indigenous Field of Study

Module 3 directs attention toward how wholistic teaching and learning lends itself to the restoring of knowledge bundles* within self and circle participants. In this module participants will be engaged in building and creating their bundles for Indigegogy. Participants will be receiving Drum teachings and will be making Drums during this session.  

*Bundles: This term is a wholistic reference to what an individual carries as a result of their learning, knowledge, experiences, cultural identity, teachings and gifts. It refers to the spiritual, emotional, mental and physical knowledge and tools that are carried and cared for in order to implement Indigegogy.  

There is an early-bird discount for those who register by Dec. 15, 2017.

Learning Goals

Participants will:

  • Begin to understand their own bundle and gifts as Indigenous educators.
  • Understand the concepts of bundle building and carrying and caring.
  • Learn to make their own hand drum (materials are supplied).
  • Explore ways they can offer bundle building into their teaching.

Outcomes

Participants will leave with:

  • Enhanced pride, confidence and knowledge of their own bundles.
  • Knowledge about how to build bundles with students.
  • Their own hand drum and songs to practice.
  • Understanding bundle building in Indigegogy.

Module 4: Putting Indigegogy into Practice

  • Dates: March 22-24, 2018
  • Time: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Location: Circle Room, 120 Duke St.
  • Facilitators:
    • Laura Mastronardi, MSW, PhD (ABD); lecturer, MSW, Indigenous Field of Study
    • Kathy Absolon King, MSW, PhD; director for the Centre for Indigegogy; associate professor, MSW Indigenous Field of Study
    • Banakonda Kennedy-Kish Bell, full-time Elder-in-Residence, MSW Indigenous Field of Study
    • Lori Hill, MSW, PhD; assistant professor, MSW Indigenous Field of Study

In this module participants will engage in circle sessions with course facilitators toward engaging what they are learning thus far and putting that into practice. Again, circle work, bundle work and principles of Indigegogy will be reinforced. This module’s emphasis is on experiential and reflexive practice of their teaching and learning. In this module participant will further tailor their understandings toward their own contexts. Participants will be making moccasins. Please send your foots size with your registration.  

There is an early-bird discount for those who register by Feb. 9, 2018.

Learning Goals

Participants will:

  • Continue to practice circle work in teaching and learning.
  • Continue to have teachings and knowledge transferred.
  • Reflect on their teaching and learning experiences.
  • Experience making their own moccasins (all materials will be supplied).
  • Engage in doing and experiential learning in circle work.

Outcomes

Participant will leave with:

  • Culturally infused teachings related to Indigegogy.
  • Have finished their own moccasins and learning from the process.
  • Enriched circle knowledge.
  • Tools to put into practice Indigegogy in their teaching and learning spaces.

Module 5: Wholistic Evaluations

  • Dates: May 24-26, 2018
  • Time: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Location: Circle Room, 120 Duke St.
  • Facilitators:
    • Lori Hill, MSW, PhD; assistant professor, MSW Indigenous Field of Study
    • Kathy Absolon King, MSW, PhD; director for the Centre for Indigegogy; associate professor, MSW Indigenous Field of Study

The Indigenous Field of Study engages each student in a wholistic evaluation which is done in circle, orally and with teachers and Elders to foster transformation. In this module participants will learn about the role and value of engaging students in a wholistic evaluation process with faculty, Elders and critical self-reflection. Participants will experience a wholistic evaluation themselves. This module is a process of learning to provide and receive wholistic feedback using a circle methodology.  

There is an early-bird discount for those who register by April 13, 2018.

Learning Goals

Participants will:

  • Be introduced to the Indigenous Field of Study wholistic evaluation tool.
  • Gain knowledge of how the IFS engages in wholistic evaluation.
  • Engage and experience a wholistic evaluation.
  • Collaboratively develop their own wholistic evaluation tool.

Outcomes

Participant will leave with:

  • Increased knowledge of what and how to engage in wholistic evaluations.
  • An understanding and resources for designing a wholistic evaluation process.
  • Wholistic evaluation tool.
  • A Transformative learning experience.

Module 6: Teaching and Learning as Ceremony

  • Dates: Aug. 16 to 18, 2018
  • Time: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Location: Circle Room, 120 Duke St.
  • Facilitators:
    • Gus Hill, MSW, PhD; associate professor, MSW Indigenous Field of Study
    • Banakonda Kennedy-Kish Bell, full-time Elder-in-Residence, MSW Indigenous Field of Study

Indigegogy is a balanced blend of theory, knowledge, spirit and presence. Ceremony is integral to teaching and learning using Indigegogy. Participants will be asked to bring their Creation stories to this module for mutual sharing and learning. In this module participants will continue to learn in circle and ceremony with the use of medicines, song, storytelling and drumming. Participants may be invited to partake in a Sweatlodge Ceremony as part of this module (subject to conditions).

Learning Goals

Participants will:

  • Continue to gain insights and experience with ceremony in Indigegogy.
  • Receive Elder teachings and knowledge.
  • Bring their own (or what they know) of their Creation Stories.
  • Share Creation Stories, songs, drumming and ceremony.
  • Build their ceremonial bundles.

Outcomes

Participant will leave with:

  • An enriched understanding of the role of ceremony.
  • An enhanced connection to the spirit of teaching and learning.
  • Roots that connect who they are with their cultural ancestry, ceremony and land.
  • An increased sense of one’s whole self.

Module 7: Honoring the Land in Education

  • Dates: Oct. 18 to 20, 2018
  • Time: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Location: Circle Room, 120 Duke St.
  • Facilitator: Tina Armstrong, MSW; part-time program Elder, MSW, Indigenous Field of Study

In this module participants will be on the land engaging in restoring one’s relationship to the earth and her medicines. This module offers participants an opportunity to restore oneself to Creation while exploring methods of nurturing teaching and learning on the land. As a result of this module participants will leave with a guide of how they will honour the land in their Indigegogy. Participants are invited to participate in a Sweatlodge Ceremony as part of this module (subject to conditions).

Learning Goals

Participants will:

  • Have the opportunity to learn from the program Elders.
  • Receive Elder teachings through ceremony.
  • Continue to receive knowledge and resources.
  • Experience Indigegogy on the land with the Elders.

Outcomes

Participant will leave with:

  • A healing and learning experience.
  • An stronger sense of self and one's capacity to engage in Indigegogy.
  • Gifts imparted upon them by the Elders.
  • A wholistic knowledge bundle for Indigegogy.

Fees and Registration

  • Stepping into Your Centre: $975
  • Circle Work: $975
  • Building Our Bundles: $975
  • Putting into Practice: $975
  • Wholistic Evaluations: $975
  • Teaching and Learning as Ceremony: $975
  • Honoring the Land in Education: $975

Register for modules via Laurier's Course Store.

Course Cancellation Policy

Wilfrid Laurier University reserves the right to cancel a course in which there is insufficient enrolment. In the event of a cancellation, students will be informed and all fees will be refunded.

Cancellation and Refund Information

If for some reason you are unable to start or complete your program, we would be happy to defer your registration for our next Educators' Certificate program, or transfer your registration to another person (e.g. coworker, friend). If a refund is requested, the refund amount will follow the schedule below:

  • Up to 10 days before start of each module: full refund minus a $25 admin fee and applicable credit card charges.
  • One to nine days before start of each module: 50% refund and applicable credit card charges.

Note that no refund of any sort will be given if the university is closed for any reason during your course.

Contact Us:

Giselle Dias, MSW, Program Administrator

E: gdias@wlu.ca
Office Location: 120 Duke St., Kitchener

Kathy Absolon-King, MSW, PhD, Director of Centre for Indigegogy

E: kabsolon@wlu.ca

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