You Don't Know What You Don't Know Part 1

Tuesday, November 21, 2023 9:00 am - 12:00 pm EST
FNMI workshop poster with details

Open to all University of Waterloo community members. Virtual 3-hour small group workshop

"You Don't Know What You Don't Know" is a 3-part workshop that journeys through First Nations, Inuit, and Métis relations with settlers. As the title indicates, you don't know, what you don't know so everyone is welcome. You will be introduced to the concept of Miskasowin (wholistic self-evaluation) that will define content, context, and relationship promoting further action, accountability, and responsibilities as a treaty person in this land now known as Canada.

To fully engage with the learning, it is recommended that attendees attend all 3 parts. This workshop is offered in Fall and Winter terms, so if you miss a part, you may attend in future terms. 

These are the dates for the other workshop parts Fall 2023:

Part 2: November 30, 1pm - 4pm

Part 3: December 11, 1pm - 4pm

Separate registration is required for each part. Please mark the dates in your calendars!

Learning Objectives:

  • Deconstruct language and discuss why identity and labels are different for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples.
  • Unlearning historic and current realities for First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples in the land now known as Canada and how the resulting cultural genocide:
    • Affects current and future generations of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples
    • Affects how First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples are received and treated in institutions, including post-secondary institution
  • Increase understanding of Indigenous ways of knowing
  • Increase awareness of local urban First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities
  • Promote self-reflection to further an understanding of the impacts of colonization, racism, and implicit bias experienced by First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples

Please register here to attend the workshop. (Click on Office of Indigenous Relations)

What to expect in Part 1 - Miskasowin

 This workshop will require participants to personally reflect on all things that have made them who they are, utilizing a self-reflection tool called Miskasowin.  This tool and further processing will guide the work of participants to understand intent versus impact in the lives of those they journey with.