Course Description

Knowledges, beliefs, identities, and values are at the foundation of Indigenous ways of helping which are passed on by Elders, Traditional Teachers, healers, and helpers. Such learning continues to be shared in the context of the current time, so that is it applicable to addressing the needs of Indigenous individuals, families, and communities today. This two-day module will discuss perspectives such as a holistic approach, community-based, interconnectedness and healing justice as they apply to addressing family violence for those who are harmed, those who do the harming, children, and communities. The information focuses on a family violence healing program which was the first of its kind to be a recognized Indigenous Partner Abuse Response Program. It will include the findings of a research project based on an evaluation over five years of service delivery.

Learner Outcomes

  • An Indigenous definition of family violence.
  • The root causes of family violence as connected to colonization and its current impacts.
  • A greater understanding of wholistic approaches.
  • Understanding of cultural safety and how it is applied in practice.
  • Knowledge of Indigenous-focused healing services.
  • Understanding community empowerment and leadership.
  • Mentorship of service users to become service providers.
  • How non-Indigenous helpers can incorporate Indigenous worldviews into their practice with both Indigenous and non-Indigenous service users.



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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