Aboriginal Student Office

Workshops in Building Capacity for Reconciliation

Augustana's Workshops in Building Capacity for Reconciliation is a co-curricular certificate program, open to Augustana students, staff, and faculty, as well as members of the larger Camrose and University of Alberta communities who want to learn more about the Indigenous peoples of Canada. Through a series of six workshops, participants will learn from experts, engage in meaningful dialogue, and consider the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Final Report and 94 Calls to Action. With a focus on how Augustana can be a leader in reconciliation at the post-secondary level, these workshops will also build participants' personal capacities to engage in reconciliation work.

Interested in participating in the workshop series - register to participate using the Google Form below. Registrations will be open until 4:00 pm September 13, 2017. Questions about the workshops and the program can be directed to augustana.reconciliation@ualberta.ca.

Kindly understand that due to the nature of these workshops, registration will be limited, and spaces for staff, faculty, students, and community members are capped by group. All registrations will be reviewed after the registration deadline by a panel. In our selection process, we will be looking for diversity in departments and roles at the university, as well as in individual backgrounds and experiences. All registrants will be contacted as to the status of their registration by September 22, 2017.

Workshops Themes and Dates

The 2017-2018 Workshops series is still being confirmed. As we finalize details with our guest presenters, this list will be updated. For now, please find below the six themes for the workshops. Workshops will be scheduled in September, October, November 2017, and January, February, and March 2018.


Residential Schools and History


Culture & Ceremony

Language & Community

Indigenous Governance

Co-Curricular Certificate in Building Capacity for Reconciliation

Six thematic workshops are being offered to participants. These six themes will re-occur annually, although the content and featured presenters may change from year to year. Participants are required to attend each of the six thematic workshops in order to be eligible to receive the Co-Curricular Certificate in Building Capacity for Reconciliation. Participants may take the workshop series over a period of two years, provided that they attend each of the six thematic workshops over that time period. Participation will be tracked through the Aboriginal Students' Office, and participants are welcome to ask questions about the participation requirement at any time. 

What is required of participants?

These workshops depend on the engaged participation of all participants during activities and group discussions. Although participants are able to complete the certificate by participating in workshops over two years, it is strongly encouraged that participants attend all six workshops in one year.

Before a Workshop: Participants should read the relevant sections of the TRC Final Report and the 94 Calls to Action as indicated on eClass. Participants are also encouraged to read the suggested background material that will provide further context to the topic covered that evening. Any questions that arise during your review of these materials can be posted to our group message boards. Everyone is encouraged to answer questions posted on these boards, and they will also help guide our discussion during workshop sessions.

During a Workshop: Participants should arrive on time, having prepared for the workshop by reading the relevant sections of the TRC Final Report and the 94 Calls to Action. Participants should be respectful and attentive audience members during the presentation or activity portion of the evening. Participants should engage in respectful dialogue during group discussion which includes listening, not interrupting, using inclusive language, and asking kindly for clarification when something is not understood. Participants should also be mindful of the fact that all of us are here to learn, but we come from different backgrounds and experiences. Much of the material and ideas presented may be new to participants, and we ask that everyone be courteous to each other's learning processes.

After a Workshop: Participants will be asked to contribute a post to our message board on eClass, and to respond to the posts of at least two other participants. These posts will encourage ongoing conversation about the workshops, as well as guide workshop organizers in assessing successful learning outcomes for each workshop, identifying areas that are still confusing to participants (which will be addressed on our message board), and preparing for workshops in subsequent years. Participants will also randomly receive a short survey about the more technical and logistical aspects of each workshop; responses to these surveys will also help organizers to make adjustments to upcoming workshops and to plan for future years.