Long before the Truth and Reconciliation (TRC) process began, Indigenous people and activists have worked to address colonization in Canada. The TRC Calls to Action and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People have increased interest among organizations to better understand their role and responsibilities in enhancing relations with Indigenous peoples.
These efforts have also sparked an interest in understanding what reconciliation, decolonization and Indigenization mean, and ways to apply these frameworks to build engagement with Indigenous people in their organizations.
In this course, Rain Daniels and Chelsey Branch support participants to build awareness of these systemic tensions and identify actions for change.
Through dialogue, critical analysis and case studies:
- examine historical and current day systemic realities that Indigenous people experience
- explore beliefs, impacts and current structural tensions affecting Indigenous people, including the function of bias, privilege, etc.
- apply a framework for analysis of present-day situations through case studies
- identify common challenges and develop strategies for action
- locate your own learning needs, and goals for action for principled engagement with Indigenous people.
By the end of these dynamic and interactive learning sessions, you’ll have gained the knowledge and skills to:
- apply a three-step process to assess normalized beliefs impacting Indigenous people
- respond to individual and systemic issues to enhance engagement, safe service and equity
- employ tools and a deepened analysis for critical engagement and addressing colonial patterns
- consider the implications of decolonization, Indigenization and reconciliation for decision making, engagement, organizational commitments and social change
- develop next steps in your learning journey.
This course is 100% online. Most of the modules can be completed on your own time within the course’s schedule. There are two mandatory live, virtual classes (via zoom) from 9am to 4pm Pacific Time. These sessions will not be recorded, and participation in the two live, virtual classes is mandatory for successful completion of course requirements.