The Indigenous Voices staff and faculty development program in Aboriginal education, is moving beyond the pilot group to the entire campus.
Participant feedback from the Indigenous Voices pilot of 2012-2013 was positive, with participants indicating that they felt they had grown professionally and personally. The pilot was restricted to faculty and staff from the College of Education, and the GMC/ULC. So many people outside the pilot group expressed interest in participating in the program last year, and we felt awful about turning people away. But this fall, we are able to welcome you with open arms, and we strongly encourage you to take advantage of the many program offerings.
The program is dynamic—there is a core program of progressive gatherings, based on several needs assessments, environmental scans, and consultations with Elders, Knowledge Keepers, and community members focusing on safe, active, transformative, culturally-grounded, holistic learning environments that meet the needs from the new learner to the more advanced learner. Aboriginal cultures, worldviews, ways of knowing, treaties and land agreements, whiteness and privilege, anti-oppressive proactive, etc. are some of the topics explored. As well, the Indigenous Voices program offers the waskamisiwin speakers series and the "Building our Fire" conversation circles. The program is designed to honour the knowledge and experiences brought in by all participants, and they are invited to enter into the program in the places that they feel best suits their needs. There are also various other extended experiential learning opportunities, including participation in Ceremonies.
Highlights of the program experiences are that you will: learn from a rich variety of facilitators from on and off campus, find yourself engaged in experiential learning environments, reap the benefits of learning in an inter-disciplinary environment, and will find yourself learning in a holisitic manner— mentally, physically, emotionally, and for some, spiritually.
Registration is limited, so we strongly encourage you to review the year's programming, and register for those sessions in which you are interested.
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