There are many reasons why you might want to create a record of your time spent with Indigenous Voices. We are delighted to communicate that at the end of its programming year, Indigenous Voices will offer those who have attended gatherings (totaling 20 hours or more), the opportunity to receive a ""Certificate of Participation." Participants will request this certificate by contacting Tereigh Ewert-Bauer (email@example.com). Alternatively, if you have attended fewer than 20 hours, you may still document your participation by following this link, signing in, and printing off the information, which will detail the gatherings you have attended.
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.
Based on staff and faculty participant feedback, the Indigenous Voices pilot of 2012-2013 seemed to be a great success. With the feedback from Elders, facilitators, and participants, we are making further improvements to the program over the summer, in preparation for our campus-wide launch in September, 2013! 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.
Highlights of the program experience 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 spiritually.
Under Indigenous Voices, the wāskamisiwin (Plains Cree for “becoming more aware”) staff and faculty development series will begin again in the fall of 2013. These seminars are open to all faculty and staff at the University of Saskatchewan. Going into its third year, the seminars are a collaborative project between the Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching Effectiveness and the Colleges of Nursing, and Medicine. The goals of the series include generating increased awareness of the historical roots of contemporary social relations; fostering more positive and respectful relationships among Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples; dissussing current events and issues; and considering the implications this history has for pedagogies being utilized within academic institutions. We hope to see you at these events!
As part of the Fall 2013 campus-wide launch, Indigenous Voices will continue the Building Our Fire Conversation Circles, which are based on the CBC’s 8thFire television series that was designed to shed light on important issues to a mainly non-indigenous audience about the relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in Canada.
When and where: TBD
Participants are invited to bring their lunch to the conversation circles. Visit the Conversation Circles page for more information.
We are pleased to announce the launch of the Indigenous Voices blog, where questions and issues raised during the program’s gatherings are brought into a larger discussion. New posts will be added periodically, so be sure to check back in!