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The Centre for Indigegogy has been given directive to cancel all workshops happening between March 13th, 2020 and April 30th, 2020 due to Laurier’s response to COVID-19. Workshops taking place after April 30th, are still open for registration.  


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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.

Workshop Descriptions and Dates

Understanding Decolonization – Four-Day Intensive

What does decolonization mean? How does one begin to work toward decolonization in ones life in in ones work? These are guiding questions that this four-day workshop begins to explore.

Circle work process will guide this workshop and participants will explore the meaning of decolonization to oneself both personally and professionally. Content throughout the four days will include: a circle history of colonization, policies of social control, treaties and socialization of colonization. Internalized colonization will be explored as participants and facilitators begin the process of examining how socialization and internalization of colonial values, principles, norms and ways of life impact how we view and interact in the world. From this closer examination of internalized colonialism in our lives extends an examination into how this manifests in our teaching, practice and research.

This intensive workshop is intended to offer participants an opportunity for deeper examination of decolonization of oneself and ones profession. As participants begin to examine their own layers of internalized colonization the process of decolonization is possible along with the tools and methods of decolonizing ones life and work.

As a result of this four-day intensive participants will begin to develop tools of practice to take away and will have formed a network of kinship relations of others sharing a similar journey. The power of circle work with the context of decolonizing is central to participants having a transformative and life altering learning experience that feeds the: mind through accurate information; the spirit through learning in ceremony; the heart in building kinship networks; and the body by experiencing transformation in circle work. At the end of these four days participants will have discovered their journey has begun and will leaving feeling satisfied that their mind, spirit, heart and body has been fuelled.

Restorative Justice

  • Date: Nov. 28 and 29, 2019
  • Time:
    • Thursday, Nov. 28, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    • Friday, Nov. 29, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Facilitator: Hilton King, MSW, RSW

Do you wonder what restorative justice is about and want to learn more about its history and development? This workshop will cover the impact of colonization on Indigenous peoples and the role of restorative justice and healing approaches. It will cover the differences between criminal court and modern notions of restorative justice. The facilitator of this workshop has experience with restorative justice and will share examples of RJ programs throughout Indigenous country.

Participants will leave with a better understanding of how to assist Indigenous people in assuming greater responsibility for the administration of RJ programs in their communities and how do we get communities to reflect and include Indigenous values within the justice system. This workshop examines how to contribute to a decrease in the rate of victimization, crime and incarceration among Indigenous people in communities by developing a community-based restorative justice program.

Advanced Circle Work

  • Date: March 5 and 6, 2020
  • Time: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Facilitator: Kathy Absolon-King, MSW, PhD

Have you already being involved in facilitating and conducting circles as a medium of practice with groups, organizations and community? Do you want to deepen your skill and knowledge set as a circle work facilitator? If so, this advanced two day training is for you.

In these two days we will be focusing on building facilitator confidence, competence and knowledge in circle work processes, resolving conflicts and dealing with challenging circle situations. This training will be tailored to participant experiences and contexts. The facilitator will guide participants deeper into circle work facilitation drawing from participant goals to deepen their capacity in circle work. The facilitator has over 30 years of circle work facilitation experience.

Indigenous Research Workshop 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.

Workshop Descriptions and Dates

Indigenous Research Paradigms

  • Dates: Nov. 5 and 6, 2020
  • Instructor: Kathy Absolon
  • Topics:
    • Indigenous critiques of research
    • Indigenous research paradigms

In this two-day workshop Kathy’s passion for research will engage participants in a critical examination of euro-western research and its challenges and limitation in and on Indigenous peoples contexts. In this first workshop, participants will gain a foundational knowledge based of the history of research on Indigenous peoples while exploring the continuum of research paradigms toward an Indigenous research paradigm. This session will transforms ones perspective in how they understand the role and place of Indigenous knowledge in a research journey. Participants will leave with an appreciation and increased understanding of what research is and how one might engage in research. These two days will widen your lens to inspire and ground you in understanding Indigenous research.

Indigenous Ethics and Community Based Research Partnerships: Creating A Framework

  • Dates: Feb. 4 and 5, 2021
  • Instructors: Lori Hill and Kathy Absolon
  • Topics:
    • ethics (tri-council)
    • community based research and frameworks
    • university community partnerships

In this two-day workshop Lori will bring both her experience of sitting on the Research Ethics Review committee and her experience of doing research in her home community of Six Nations of the Grand River. Kathy shares her experiences of SSHRC projects while engaging in dialogue about university and community partnerships in a research journey. In this workshop participants will learn about protocols and ethics of working with Indigenous communities. Respectful engagement is essential. For Indigenous peoples this workshop will help you build confidence and tools for doing research in your community. In this workshop, Lori and Kathy bring their knowledge and skills while sharing invaluable lived experiential knowledge.

Indigenous Research Methodologies and Meaning Making: Restoring Indigenous Knowledge

  • Dates: April 15 and 16, 2021
  • Instructor: Kathy Absolon
  • Topics:
    • Indigenous research methodologies (worldviews, values, principles)
    • "Making Meaning: Issues of Representation"
    • supporting Indigenous graduates

This two-day workshop is an overview of what Indigenous research methodologies are. It offers current examples of methods that Indigenous research projects are employing and how Indigenous research projects are restoring Indigenous knowledge, relationships and healing. This final workshop offers participants a rich opportunity to build their understanding for issues of representation (analysis, interpretation and presentation of findings). Finally participants will gain insights into how they can support Indigenous research projects to be rooted in Indigenous worldviews. In this last session, people will have an increased capacity to conceptualize and potentially generate projects in alignment with Indigenous peoples worldviews.

Custom Workshops

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 (ie. community organizations, faculties, board of directors, government officials, health care services, business executives).

Indigenous Professional Development includes (but is not limited to):

  • trauma
  • addictions
  • restorative justice
  • 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 $5000/day, plus travel for our facilitators. Please contact Giselle Dias, our program coordinator, for more information.

Contact Us:

Giselle Dias, MSW, Program Coordinator

Office Location: 120 Duke St., Kitchener

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



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