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Course Description

Colonial trauma has plagued Indigenous families, children and communities since contact. Capacity building in communities is key to restoring children’s’ safety and wellbeing. We are currently in positions to create community-informed alternative care approaches to caring for our children in community by generating Indigenous-centred tools for assessment and care. In this two-day workshop, participants will learn about methods of community engagement and how to build relationships with community-based on trust. We will learn about processes of how to help communities build their own unique processes to alternative care. Working with children in care is distinct and requires a wholistic lens and Indigenous based practice approaches. Unique approaches inclusive of cultural teachings, ceremony and relationship building guide wholistic practice with children, families and communities.

Learner Outcomes

  • Understanding the impact of colonial trauma in child welfare and childcare.
  • Fostering skills and knowledge on wholistic practice with alternative care practices.
  • Increasing understanding on how to foster relationship building and processes for community-based process for caring for children in community.
  • Build an understanding of Indigenous centred tools such as HEART and SPIRIT and IFDA as a wholistic assessment tool.

Notes

COVID-19 RESPONSE FROM THE CENTRE FOR INDIGEGOGY

During the Covid-19 pandemic, many institutions decided to make a transition to remote on-line learning. The Centre for Indigegogy resisted this move because we felt that Indigegogy had to be experienced in person and in relationship. However, new experiences and exposure with real-time remote teaching and learning has caused us to reconsider the value of real-time remote teaching and learning while holding space to enact the principles of Indigegogy.

Our decision to move forward became an opportunity for us to re-envision what it means to offer Indigenous Centre Wholistic Professional Development through ‘real-time’ remote learning. We had to consider:

  • How do we maintain Circle Protocols?
  • How do we continue to engage in Ceremony?
  • How do we hold the principles of Indigegogy (teaching the ways of the people IN the ways of the people)?

There is never a replacement for being with people in person but during this time of social distancing, we believe that we continue to offer quality programming that honours Indigegogy.

We look forward to being in ‘real-time’ remote teaching and learning Circles with you.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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