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Centre for Indigegogy

 

Welcome to the Centre for Indigegogy

Situated within the Master of Social Work (MSW) Indigenous Field of Study program at Wilfrid Laurier University. Our centre opened in June 2017 with the launch of our Indigenous Peoples Certificate in Indigegogy and our Decolonizing Education Certificate. Now in our 3rd year, the Centre is offering the following: Indigenous Research Workshop SeriesUnderstanding Decolonization Four Day Intensive and Wholistic Professional Development Workshops. We are offering numerous trainings in Indigenous centred wholistic development to assist practitioners, teachers, learners and helpers strengthen their good medicine, teaching and learning bundles.

Miigwech and thank you for your interest!

What is Indigegogy

Indigegogy is a term coined by Stan Wilson, a Cree Elder and Educator. Indigegogy uses Indigenous knowledge, literature and scholarship and is centred on land-based education. Indigegogy engages Indigenous methodology such as circle work and lifts up traditional teachings, ceremonies and practices. Indigegogy is a decolonizing practice that builds on the resurgence of Indigenous ways of knowing, teaching and learning.

"Real Time" Remote Learning

During the Covid-19 pandemic, many institutions decided to make a transition to remote on-line learning. The Centre for Indigegogy resisted this move because we felt that Indigegogy had to experienced in person and in relationship. However, new experiences and exposure with real time remote teaching and learning has caused us to reconsider the value of real time remote teaching and learning while holding space to enact the principles of Indigegogy.

Our decision to move forward became an opportunity for us to re-envision what it means to offer Indigenous Centre Wholistic Professional Development through ‘real time’ remote learning. We had to consider:

• How do we maintain Circle Protocols?

• How do we continue to engage in Ceremony?

• How do we hold the principles of Indigegogy (teaching the ways of the people IN the ways of the people)?

There is never a replacement for being with people in person but during this time of social distancing we believe that we continue to offer quality programming that honours Indigegogy.

We look forward to being in ‘real time’ remote teaching and learning Circles with you.