Walls to Bridges

Walls to BridgesNOTE: Due to COVID-19, the the planned Walls-to-Bridges offering in Winter 2021 is TBD. If/when a future option is available, information will be posted here.

Walls-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, W2B can run with the following Social Development Studies course:  SDS 311R - Indigenous Peoples and Canadian Public Policy

Next offering planned: TBD
​Time: TBD

Course Description:  Framed within the Truth and Reconciliation process underway in Canada, this course examines the historical and ongoing colonial processes and impacts of government policies targeting First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. Particular analysis will be given to government policy as a cause of (and response to) social, political, and economic problems experienced by Indigenous peoples in Canada.

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.


 

COURSE ENROLLMENT

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

2) Information Session: 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 by TBD.

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 (TBA).

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