Shared Spaces: Foundations for Dialogue and Engagement Between Indigenous and non-Indigenous People

While reconciliation and consultation are at the forefront of many sectors, there is an increasing need for a decolonizing approach.

To be effective, we need to deepen our understanding of how Indigenous/non-Indigenous histories impact engagement approaches with Indigenous people. As preparatory work, you'll examine the historical and contemporary social and structural contexts that inform the relationship.

Through dialogic processes, you will gain insight into and strengthen your practice through awareness of the unique aspects of community and civic engagement that are involved in non-Indigenous people working with Indigenous people.

We encourage registered students who have experience working with or in Indigenous contexts to have a conversation with the instructor, Rain Daniels, before the course begins. Please email cep_info@sfu.ca.

“We cannot move towards Indigenization until we have begun the process of decolonization”

Walk This Path With Us: Report of the SFU Aboriginal Reconciliation Council, 2017

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Online - Rain Daniels
Chelsey Branch
$540.00 5 Register
TBA - Rain Daniels
Chelsey Branch
$540.00 0 -

Course schedule: This course is offered via online-supported delivery. Access opens on the first date listed to allow you to complete pre-readings and assignments in preparation for your first class. Virtual classes begin on the second date listed and run from 9 am to 4 pm PT.

What will I learn?

By the end of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Describe the historical and contemporary context of Indigenous and non-Indigenous relations in Canada
  • Critically examine historical and present-day social and structural contexts that inform your engagement practices
  • Identify considerations for acknowledging protocol in Indigenous communities
  • Establish an approach to determine the needs of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in your specific contexts
  • Apply a decolonizing analysis of systems, identify strengths and barriers to engagement, and consider implications for your work

How will I learn?

  • Pre-readings
  • Pre-course assignment
  • Self-reflection journal
  • Experiential activities
  • Self-awareness exercises
  • Small and large group discussion
  • Modeling dialogic processes in the exploration of relevant topics
  • Case studies

Who should take this course?

This course is open to anyone who would like to learn more about dialogue and engagement between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, and/or who are currently involved in this type of engagement work.

How will I be evaluated?

We will evaluate you based on your class participation and assignments.

Textbooks and learning materials

We will provide custom course materials.

Hardware and software requirements

You will need a computer that is connected to the internet so that you can access Canvas, our online course management system. You can check if your browser is compatible with Canvas by accessing Canvas guides here. We recommend you use Google Chrome or Firefox.

Also, you will need to enable your computer’s audio and microphone to participate in live sessions offered through the Blackboard Collaborate virtual platform (within Canvas). You can check if your computer is compatible with Blackboard Collaborate here.

You can find more information on online-supported learning on our About Online Learning page. 

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