Walls to Bridges

Walls to BridgesWalls-to-Bridges  brings incarcerated students and campus-enrolled students together as classmates in semester-long university courses. Classes are held in correctional facilities, and are taught using a circle pedagogy and collaborative dialogue aimed to foster egalitarian and collective learning. Not only are students learning specific course material, they are learning about themselves and each other. 

In collaboration with Renison University College and Grand Valley Institution, a Social Development Studies course is being offered:  
SDS 311R - Public Policy & Native Peoples in Canada  

Next offering planned: Winter 2021
​Time: TBD

Course Description:  This course examines the evolution, logic, processes and impacts of government policies developed specifically for Native peoples, with particular attention to government policy as both a cause of and response to social problems with Native communities.

The format of this course will be primarily taught using Indigenous pedagogy.  This course does not use lecture-style teaching as the primary way of conveying information.  The responsibility for sharing knowledge and discussion of readings will rest equally with the learners and instructor.  Use of the sharing circle and small group discussions will be the primary ways of learning, conveying, sharing and discussing course information. 

Kelly LaurilaKelly Laurila is of Sáami Indigenous and Settler Irish heritages. She is song keeper of an urban Indigenous community youth & women's drum circle.  After a 23 year career in counselling, Kelly has returned to education and is completing a PhD in Social Work with regard to the reconciliation process that is underway in Canada.  Social injustices and inequities are of primary interest to her.



1)  Please indicate your interest in SDS 311R by selecting the second section of the course during pre-enrollment.

2) Information Session: Fall 2020 - Date/Time TBD 

3) Those who pre-enrol (course selection) will be emailed an application. You may also request an application by emailing sds@uwaterloo.ca

To properly apply for this course please submit the completed application, a letter of interest and your CV via email. (Deadline - TBD, Fall 2020).

Tips: Give reference to yourself and your reasons for wanting to take part in this learning opportunity. Identify something that you want to learn and something that you can offer to others.

4)  Interviews (Fall 2020 - location and time TBA).

Note: Accepted applicants will be required to complete a Corrections Canada Clearance Request (CPIC).