Join Renison University College for their selection of credit-free Indigenous Studies courses!
Participants are invited to explore the historical and current contexts of colonization in Canada. Whether discovering how to participate in the Reconciliation process or unraveling enduring myths, everyone in the community is welcome, register today!
PLEASE NOTE: These courses are not available for UW degree credit.
Registration deadline: September 10, 2021
Reconciliation: Discussions and Implications for Settler Peoples in Canada (IS 110)
This 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 course will include lively community engagement through readings, virtual meetings, discussion posts and videos all available online. There will be three on-line virtual meetings.
Myth-Busting Part 1 & 2: Deconstructing Indigenous-Canadian Relationships (IS 101 & 102 - ONLINE)
This course is designed to give students the skills to begin to:
Immerse themselves in local Haudenosaunee history and teachings.
Familiarize themselves with the process of colonization and the impacts it has had on modern day myths regarding Indigenous peoples.
Deconstruct some concepts to assist in building better relationships as allies.
Use tools provided in course to actively engage in decolonization.
Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
Identify local Indigenous historical context for the Grand River watershed, specifically the Six Nations of the Grand River.
Understand a conceptual framework for colonization using the systems approach.
Identify best practices for allyship and decolonization.
Develop critical thinking skills when analyzing Canada’s history regarding Indigenous relationships.