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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 offers training for other Indigenous people wanting to nurture their Indigeneity in their work and lives through Indigegogy. Indigegogy is the practice of teaching, learning and wholistic practice 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) people across Canada and globally who want to increase their capacity and ability to integrate their worldview into work, teaching and lives.

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 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 work place.   

The Indigenous faculty and Elders of the Indigenous Field of Study program are the module instructors for the Indigenous Peoples Certificate. Their goals are to transfer their knowledge and skills of Indigegogy so participants continue to have their spirits, hearts, minds and bodies nurtured by Indigenous knowledge and culturally-based learning processes.  

There are seven modules for the Indigenous Peoples Certificate in Indigegogy. Throughout each module the focus will be on a learning process rich in experiential, cultural, reflexive and practice-based learning. Each module is 14 hours (two 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 six modules (84 hours of instruction).

Who is Eligible for this Program?

  • Indigenous people in First Nations, Metis, Inuit (status and non-status) and Indigenous people globally.
  • There will be exceptions for non-Indigenous educators or practitioners if you are working with Indigenous peoples. Non-Indigenous educators can be in touch with Giselle Dias at gdias@wlu.ca.
  • Indigenous students, staff and faculty at Laurier receive a 20% discount on the cost of this course.

Modules

What our grads are saying

"This Indigenous Educators Certificate in Indigegogy is important in terms of resource gathering, both personally and professionally. Participating in the first three modules has left me in a place where I felt/feel inspired to incorporate more culture into our work at the Ryerson Aboriginal Student Services in new ways.

It has been helpful to see the ways that other institutions are role modelling this work, and through discussing some of their experiences it has enhanced my knowledge and skills to do this at our institution.

As a direct result of my participation in this course I returned to work with a renewed sense of energy and determination to ground our work again in Indigenous approaches.

Amanda Thompson
Aboriginal Academic Support Adviser,
Ryerson Aboriginal Student Services

Module 1: Stepping into Your Centre

  • Dates: Oct. 17 and 18, 2019
  • Time: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Location: Kitchener, ON
  • Cost: $500
  • Facilitators:

Be who you are and work from your centre. Engaging in Indigegogy requires grounding and centredness. This module introduces 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 in circle. It will aim to increase the participants’ awareness and understanding of self in their wholistic teaching and learning journey.

Learning Goals

Participants will:

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

Outcomes

Participant will leave with:

  • Knowledge and tools of wholism.
  • Transformative experiences through culturally-based teachings.
  • A broader network and support system.
  • A stronger sense of one’s cultural identity.

Module 2: Circle Work

  • Dates: Nov. 21 and 22, 2019
  • Time: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Location: Circle Room, 120 Duke St. IFS Faculty of Social Work
  • Cost: $500
  • Facilitators:
    • Kathy Absolon King, MSW, PhD; director for the Centre for Indigegogy; associate professor, Indigenous Field of Study, MSW Program
    • Banakonda Kennedy-Kish Bell, full-time Elder-in-Residence, Indigenous Field of Study, MSW Program

Circle work is central to Indigegogy. The emphasis of this two-day learning will be on circle philosophy, teachings and practices. Principles and ethics in circle are the focus of this module.

Learning Goals

Participants will:

  • Learn the teachings of the Circle.
  • Learn circle protocols in the presence of sacred medicines.
  • Practice circle facilitation and protocols.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will leave with:

  • Increased comfort and confidence in initiating circle work.
  • An increased capacity to begin using circle work.
  • Concrete knowledge about facilitating circle work.

Module 3: Building Our Bundles

  • Dates: Jan. 23 and 24, 2020
  • Time: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Location: Circle Room, 120 Duke St., IFS Faculty of Social Work
  • Cost: $500
  • Facilitators:
    • Kathy Absolon King, MSW, PhD; director for the Centre for Indigegogy; associate professor, Indigenous Field of Study, MSW Program
    • Banakonda Kennedy-Kish Bell, full-time Elder-in-Residence, Indigenous Field of Study, MSW Program

This module focuses on restoring of knowledge bundles* within self and circle participants. In this module participants will be engaged in building and creating their bundles for Indigegogy. It offers participants opportunities to continue to grow their own bundles and learn how to care for and carry their bundles.

*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.  

Learning Goals

Participants will:

  • Begin to understand their own bundle and gifts as Indigenous people.
  • Understand the concepts of bundle building and carrying and caring.
  • Explore ways they can offer bundle building into their work and lives.

Outcomes

Participants will leave with:

  • Enhanced pride, confidence and knowledge of their own bundles.
  • Knowledge about how to build bundles with others.
  • Understanding bundle building in Indigegogy.

Module 4: Putting Indigegogy into Practice

  • Dates: Feb. 27 and 28, 2020
  • 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, Indigenous Field of Study, MSW Program
    • Banakonda Kennedy-Kish Bell, full-time Elder-in-Residence, Indigenous Field of Study, MSW Program

In this module participants will engage in circle sessions with course facilitators toward engaging circle work, bundle work and principles of Indigegogy. This module’s emphasis is on experiential and reflexive practice. In this module participants will further tailor their understandings toward their own contexts. Building practices from one's Indigenous centre is a central theme of this module that aims to deepen one's understanding, knowledge and ability to practice and work from an Indigenous centre. We strive to help participants have confidence and pride when applying and practicing our Indigenous knowledge, experiences and teachings.

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.
  • Engage in doing and experiential learning in circle work.

Outcomes

Participant will leave with:

  • Culturally infused teachings related to Indigegogy.
  • Enriched circle knowledge.
  • Tools to put into practice Indigegogy in their own contexts.

Module 5: Wholistic Evaluations

  • Dates: March 25 and 26, 2020
  • Time: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Location: Circle Room, 120 Duke St.
  • Cost: $500
  • Facilitators:
    • Lori Hill, MSW, PhD; assistant professor, Indigenous Field of Study, MSW Program
    • Kathy Absolon King, MSW, PhD; director for the Centre for Indigegogy; associate professor, Indigenous Field of Study, MSW Program

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 staff and students in a wholistic evaluation process. Participants will experience a wholistic evaluation themselves. This module is a process of learning to provide and receive wholistic feedback using a circle methodology. This is an experiential module that offers participants a very unique growth promoting experience.

Learning Goals

Participants will:

  • 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: May 21 and 22, 2020
  • Time: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Location: Circle Room, 120 Duke St.
  • Cost: $500
  • Facilitators:

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.

Module 7: Honoring the Land

  • Dates: Sept. 26 and 27, 2019; or June 18 and 19, 2020
  • Time: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Location: Circle Room, 120 Duke St.
  • Cost: $500
  • Facilitators:

In this module, participants will be engaging in restoring one’s relationship with Skaagamikwe, our first mother the earth and all of our relatives. Within this restoring there is renewal and opportunity to uncover, and rediscover her medicines and one’s place in and with Creation. In doing so the teaching that emerge from the land will inform our spirit, heart mind and body.

We will reflect on our values and beliefs, our relationship with Creator/Creation, ourselves and others. Our way of knowing and carrying that knowledge bundle that finds its expression through our gifts, will grow. We will with each other recognize, connect with our unique way of being in the world and be awakened and nourished by that experience that we share. It is an invitation to come to see, feel, know and be in, with, on your life journey alongside fellow travellers fully engaged as an individual, as a family member; as a fellow community member and as a practitioner carrying good medicine in our communities. The universe cares, coming to believe that, experience that, understand that changes everything.

Learning Goals

Participants will:
  • Continue to gain insights and experience with ceremony in Indigegogy.
  • 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.

Cancellation and Refund Information

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.

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 Coordinator

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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