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.

If you are an Indigenous person who is registered in the course, Rain Daniels welcomes a conversation with you to share more context about this offering, including options for participation and assignments. To be connected to Rain before the course begins, please email cep_info@sfu.ca.


Location: Online
Duration: 2 days
Tuition: $540
Can be applied to:
Dialogue and Civic Engagement Certificate

Upcoming Offerings

Register for a course at any time, with the option to apply to a program later.

Start Date
Seats Available
Start DateFri, May 24, 2024
  • Fri, May 24, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time (virtual class)
  • Fri, Jun 7, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time (virtual class)
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Start DateFri, Nov 15, 2024
  • Fri, Nov 15, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time (virtual class)
  • Fri, Nov 29, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time (virtual class)
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What you will learn

After completing this course, you’ll 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 you will learn and be evaluated

  • Advance readings
  • Assignments to be completed outside of scheduled class times
  • Self-reflection journal
  • Experiential activities
  • Self-awareness exercises
  • Small and large group discussion
  • Modeling dialogic processes in the exploration of relevant topics
  • Case studies

You will be evaluated on:

  • Class participation
  • Assignments 

Learning Materials

No textbook is required. We will provide all course materials online.

Technical Requirements

For online courses, you will need a computer with audio and microphone that is connected to the internet. Canvas is the online system that will be used for the course. For more information and online support, visit Online Learning.