Shared Spaces: Foundations for Dialogue and Engagement Between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Peoples

With Aboriginal reconciliation and consultation at the forefront of many sectors, we need to deepen our understanding of Aboriginal/non-Aboriginal histories and engagement approaches to effectively carry out work in health, education, business development and other areas. You'll examine the social contexts that inform engagement practices, as well as synthesize the relationships among historical contexts and cultural, personal and organizational values.

Through dialogic processes, you will gain insight into and strengthen your practice related to the unique aspects of community and civic engagement between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.

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

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

Currently not available for registration.

What will I learn?

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

  • Describe the historical context of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal relations in Canada
  • Examine dimensions of history and present-day social contexts that inform engagement considerations and practices
  • Develop strategies for bridging value differences
  • Increase understanding of Aboriginal/non-Aboriginal engagement through an analysis of required readings
  • Explain considerations for acknowledging protocol in Aboriginal communities
  • Critically examine the impact of our social contexts in Aboriginal/non-Aboriginal engagement
  • Establish an approach to determine the needs of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal participants in your specific contexts
  • Identify where in the engagement spectrum (inform, consult, involve, collaborate and empower) your work is situated and the implications for participation
  • Synthesize the relationship among historical contexts; cultural, personal and organizational values; and social contexts as applied to your civic engagement processes

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 Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples, 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 in-class assignments.

Textbooks and learning materials

We will provide custom course materials.

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