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.
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
After all 6 workshops, participants will be asked to submit a written response detailing what they have learned from the workshop experience, and their own personal commitment of action towards reconciliation. Participants are encouraged to make notes during workshops, and to write short personal reflections following each workshop to aid in the preparation of their final reflection. 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.