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Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.

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.

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.


Kathy Absolon is the author of Kaandossiwin How We Come to Know (2011 Fernwood Publishing) on Indigenous research methodologies. Kathy is Anishinaabe from Flying Post First Nation and an associate professor in the Indigenous Field of Study MSW Program, director of the Centre for Indigegogy and SSHRC grant recipient. Kathy has spearheaded Indigenous research methodologies and Indigenous research projects and brings her experiences to these sessions.

Lori Hill is an associate professor in the Indigenous Field of Study MSW Program. Lori is Mohawk from Six Nations of the Grand River and sits on the Research Ethics Board at Wilfrid Laurier University. Lori brings her insight and knowledge as she conducted her doctoral research with her own community’s ethics board and within her community.

Workshop Descriptions and Dates

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Indigenous Research Paradigms

  • Dates: November 8 and 9, 2019
  • Instructor: Dr. 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: February 6 and 7, 2020
  • Instructors: Dr. Lori Hill and Dr. Kathy Absolon
  • Topics:
    • ethics (tri-counsel)
    • 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: May 13 and 14, 2020
  • Instructor: Dr. 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.

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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