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Indigenous Insights

Thu. Feb. 24 09:00 AM - Thu. Feb. 24 04:00 PM
Contact: Mekala Wickramasinghe, Graduate Studies Recruitment and Training Officer


The Faculty of Graduate Studies is hosting an Indigenous Insights workshop exclusively for graduate students during the upcoming Reading Week. We highly recommend that all graduate students, Canadian and international, take to educate themselves on the historical and contemporary realities of Indigenous people in this country. The workshops are arranged through the office of the Associate Vice-President, Indigenous Engagement, and generally cost participants $100. The Faculty of Graduate Studies covers the cost of participation for each graduate student enrolled. There is a 25-person capacity for the workshop.

Indigenous Insights was created with the engagement of Indigenous people including academics, professionals, political activists and community members. As Canada continues to acknowledge the place of Indigenous Peoples within this country, this training will help build an understanding that goes beyond the headlines and examines the truth for Indigenous people today. When we understand our shared history more completely, we better understand each other. Indigenous Insights clarifies commonly held misconceptions about the Indigenous Peoples of Canada providing an overview of Indigenous Peoples’ history, cultures, and relationship with Canada.

The seven-module, full-day program guides participants through a consideration of the meaning of reconciliation. Each module includes a video of 8 to 13 minutes in length, featuring interviews with Indigenous experts from across Canada, and moves participants into facilitated conversations about such topics as treaties, Indigenous identity, and residential schools.

The facilitator of this workshop is Christine M’Lot (BA, BEd, MEd in progress ), an Anishinaabe educator from Winnipeg, Manitoba. She is currently a teacher at the University of Winnipeg Collegiate, specializing in English Language Arts, Global Issues and Truth and Reconciliation Studies. Christine has experience working with children and youth in multiple capacities including child welfare, children’s disAbility services and Indigenous family programming. She is the co-founder of Red Rising Education, which creates Indigenous educational resources for teachers. Christine is currently pursuing her master’s degree in World Indigenous Studies at Queen’s University and is focusing her research on traditional theories and practices of wellness in Indigenous societies.

The module topics include:

1. Treaties and a Duty to Consult
Treaty and Aboriginal Rights, the duty to consult.
2. What's in a Name
The Indian Act, Indigenous identity and community membership
3. Ancient Ways, Modern People
The importance of culture for Indigenous health and well-being
4. The Children Take, The Parents Left Behind
The history and legacy of residential schools, the aftermath, and healing
5. Living off the Land
The balance between economic development and the protection of traditional lands and resources.
6. Research and Engagement
Respectfully approaching research and consultation with Indigenous communities
7. New Beginnings
Ways in which Indigenous youth are re-shaping educational institutions and Canadian society

To Register: mek.wickramasinghe@uwinnipeg.ca (only 25 seats available. Please email before Tuesday, February 22nd. Upon receiving your e-mail, you will be sent a Zoom link).

Indigenous Insights Trailer