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Indigenous Peoples Certificate

The Indigenous Peoples Certificate in Indigegogy is designed for people who wish to develop their ability and capacity for bringing their own Indigenous ways of knowing and learning to their work and life. It will provide an opportunity for Indigenous people to learn together in a culturally-based manner to build capacity and participate in training in an experiential manner using Indigegogy practices. Participants will build their capacity to apply their new knowledge into community specific and culturally relevant contexts within their specific Indigenous territories, traditions, languages, cultures and workplace.

Register for Indigenous Peoples Certificate


Decolonizing Education Certificate

The Decolonizing Education Certificate is for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people who want to develop their capacity to understand Indigenous perspectives in the history of colonization to contemporary realities in Canada.

This certificate has been developed to build capacity among educators and anyone interested in responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's (TRC) calls for action in a meaningful way.

Register for Decolonizing Education Certificate


Wholistic Healing Practices and Colonial Trauma Certificate

Understanding trauma from a decolonial lens is essential for practitioners working with Indigenous people. Decolonization means understanding the historical and present structural violence that is at the root of trauma in Indigenous communities. This certificate was developed with the desire to give practitioners and helpers the knowledge and skills to decolonize their practice while also offering wholistic healing practices.

Register for Wholistic Healing Practices and Colonial Trauma Certificate


Indigenous Research Series

This workshop series is created to support skill, knowledge and tool development for Indigenous researchers (students, teachers and community practitioners) and allied settlers conducting research in Indigenous contexts and in alignment with the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Are you considering doing program evaluation, needs identification, or inquiring into a topic of interest in Indigenous contexts or within Indigenous communities? Do you wish you could learn more about Indigenous research? These sessions will offer researchers, community workers and educators invaluable information to inform research projects. They offer lived experience, rich dialogue and a safe space to explore and learn together and as a result you will become a more ethical and conscious re-searcher.

In this workshop series, participants will explore some of the following questions:

  • What are the challenges and limitations of euro-western theories and methodologies?
  • What is an Indigenous research paradigm?
  • What does ethical research mean in an Indigenous context?
  • What considerations are important in forming partnerships?
  • What are Indigenous research methodologies?
  • How to engage with community in meaningful ways?

Participants will learn about research done by Indigenous peoples and will have the opportunity to bring their learning needs into the workshops. This series will generate collaborative learning using mixed methods approaches of circle work, ceremony, instruction, dialogue and sharing of research projects.

There are three workshops in this series:

Register for Indigenous Research Series Module 1: Indigenous Research Paradigms

Register for Research Series Module 2: Indigenous Ethics and Community Based Research Partnerships: Creating a Framework

Register for Indigenous Research Series Module 3: Indigenous Research Methodologies and Meaning Making: Restoring Indigenous Knowledge


Wholistic Professional Development Workshops

The following workshops are centred in Indigenous knowledge and are created with Indigenous wholistic practitioners in mind. The workshop facilitators have been invited because of the gifts, skills and knowledge they carry. Participants will have opportunities to continue to nurture their practice spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically. These workshop are experiential and full of spirit. We encourage you to register soon as spaces are limited.

The Wholistic Healing Professional Development workshops are for Indigenous helpers who want to:

  • Continue learning about Indigenous knowledge and deepen their wholistic practice.
  • Engage in self-development and care that nurtures and values Indigenous identity.
  • Experience training and growth that is centred in Indigenous worldviews.
  • Develop their spirit, heart, mind and body in practice.

Register for Deepening Circle Work


Customized Trainings

The Centre for Indigegogy will tailor workshops upon request. We have experienced and knowledgeable Indigenous instructors who are willing to work with you to develop trainings specific to your needs.

We work with groups wanting to have a collective learning experience steeped in Indigegogy (i.e. community organizations, faculties, board of directors, government officials, health care services, business executives, educators).

Indigenous-centered wholistic professional development includes (but is not limited to):

  • colonial trauma
  • decolonizing/indigenizing
  • suicide prevention, addictions, restorative justice, etc.
  • strategic planning
  • facilitation
  • lateral violence
  • land-based healing
  • circle work
  • community development
  • Indigenous community-based research partnerships

For those close to Kitchener, we offer our Circle Room for trainings for a small fee. We try to limit our trainings to groups of 20 people.

Our workshop fees are $5,000/day, plus travel for our facilitators. Contact Giselle Dias, our program coordinator, for more information.

Contact Us:

Raven Morand, Administrative Assistant

E: rmorand@wlu.ca

Giselle Dias, MSW, Program Coordinator

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

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

E: kabsolon@wlu.ca

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