This 10 week course will be facilitated by Saami Indigenous (Northern Finland) and Settler educator, Kelly Laurila. Using primarily a sharing circle format, participants are invited into the conversation of what it means to be part of the reconciliation process. Everyone in the community is welcome!
Spring 2019 Course dates and times
- April 25 - June 27, Thursdays, 6:00 - 9:00pm
Registration for the Spring 2019 offering of the course is NOW CLOSED.
This 10-week course provides a journey of sharing and discussing how Indigenous and Settler peoples know each other through the stories that have been told of each other in the past and which continue in the present. These stories carry the ideologies, knowledge, beliefs, values and assumptions that form the basis of their interactions with one another. A critique of the notion of ‘Settler’ will be an ongoing dialogue. A discussion of the implications of oneself in these stories is discussed within the context of the reconciliation process that is underway in Canada.
The format of this course will be primarily taught using Indigenous pedagogy. With that in mind, this course will use a sharing circle format for teaching and learning (as opposed to a lecture-style of teaching). Various assigned weekly readings and/or films will provide the momentum for discussions in the sharing circle. It will, therefore, be important that participants come to the circle having completed the readings and be willing to engage in providing feedback and critical reflexion.
About the instructor: Kelly Laurila
Kelly Laurila is of Sáami Indigenous (Northern Finland) and Settler Irish ancestry. She is a Sundancer, songcarrier of an Indigenous women and girls’ drum circle for 14 years, facilitator of community outreach engagements of song and education pertaining to Indigenous/Settler relations, and facilitator of circle pedagogy and dialogues pertaining to Indigenous/Settler relations. In Fall 2018, Kelly successfully defended her doctoral dissertation pertaining to Indigenous/police relations and she is actively pursuing teaching opportunities within post-secondary education and with police services.
From her own journey of struggle to reconcile her Indigenous and Settler ancestry and close to 27 years of lived Anishinaabe experiences, Kelly has found a place of compassion that enables her to dialogue with Settler peoples. Learning about the history and ongoing injustices that Indigenous peoples experience is challenging and it can contradict the history that one has known in Canada. Kelly endeavours to create a space that encourages individuals to listen, understand, reflect, question, and imagine a way forward in the reconciliation process that is underway in Canada.
Tuition fees and cancellation policy
Tuition: $350.00 CAD
+ One-time administration fee: $30.00 CAD
NOTE: the administration fee only applies to students that are studying in a non-credit course at Renison for the first time. Students that have previously taken a non-credit course at Renison do not have to submit this fee again.
Cancellation, Withdrawal, and Refund Policy
- If a course is cancelled, the one-time administration fee and tuition will be refunded to students in full or they may defer their registration to a future term.
- The one-time administration fee of $30.00 CAD is non-refundable unless the course is cancelled.
*The administration fee does not apply to students who have previously taken a non-credit Indigenous studies, language and culture, or Institute of Ministry course at Renison.
- Students may withdraw from a course up until the registration deadline for a full tuition refund. After the registration deadline, students may withdraw up until the day before the second class and be refunded 80% of their tuition. After this date, refunds will not be issued.
Requests to withdraw should be sent in writing over e-mail to Anna Fletcher-Marsh.
How to register and how to pay
- Please complete an online registration form.
Once you have submitted your registration form, you will be contacted with further information about your course including course materials, instructor's contact information, and classroom location.
You can pay one of two ways for your non-credit course:
2. In person at the Renison Reception Office (Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm). Payment methods accepted are: cash, cheque, money order, debit, Visa or MasterCard.
Alternatively, cheque or money order payments can be mailed to the Renison Reception Office, 240 Westmount Road North, Waterloo, ON N2L 3G4.
Note: you must submit payment for your course prior to the course start date. Please also ensure that you pay the administration fee if this is your first non-credit course at Renison. In the case you do not submit payment, Renison University College will contact you directly.