Wellbeing Waterloo Region has made a commitment to develop meaningful relationships and work toward reconciliation with local First Nations, Métis and Inuit community. Part of this commitment includes developing resources and tools to support education with our community partners. The First Nations, Métis, Inuit Advisory and Advocacy Circle of Wellbeing Waterloo Region was consulted in the development of the territorial acknowledgement we use today.
We acknowledge that the land on which we gather today is the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee, Anishnaabe and Neutral People. We acknowledge the enduring presence of the Indigenous people with whom we share this land today, their achievements and their contributions to our community. We offer this acknowledgement as an act of reconciliation between Indigenous and non- Indigenous peoples of Canada.
Journey to Reconciliation Training
Wellbeing Waterloo Region is committed to developing meaningful relationships with First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities in Waterloo Region. As part of this journey we want to acknowledge the impacts of colonization and support actions that will promote reconciliation and support Indigenous wellbeing.
One of the WWR actions is to support and implement training and resources for our network in order to understand the impacts of colonization. There have been several training sessions offered to date and we continue to offer reconciliation training sessions. See below for current and past training opportunities.
Current Training Opportunities
Reconciliation: Discussions and Implications for Settler Peoples
As part of our commitment to a Journey to Reconciliation, Wellbeing Waterloo Region is supporting member registration for a course on Indigenous and Settler relations facilitated by Kelly Laurila at Renison University College. There are only 20 spots available, so please let us know if you need to cancel your registration.
This 8 week non-credit and online course provides a journey of sharing and discussing how Indigenous and Settler peoples know each other through the stories that have been told of each other in the past and which continue in the present. These stories carry the ideologies, knowledge, beliefs, values and assumptions that form the basis of their interactions with one another. A critique of the notion of ‘Settler’ will be an ongoing dialogue. A discussion of the implications of oneself in these stories is discussed within the context of the reconciliation process that is underway in Canada.
The format of this course will be primarily taught using Indigenous pedagogy that centres Indigenous knowledge and themes of holism and interconnectedness to convey and understand course topics. This pedagogical approach values the voices of everyone in the circle. It is believed that one learns about themselves through dialogue with others. The life experiences, stories, opinions, and thoughts all contribute to a more fulsome discussion of the course topics. Various assigned weekly readings and/or films, as well as video moments from the course facilitator will provide the momentum for reflection and discussion in weekly discussion posts and virtual meetings. It will be important that participants attend to the course requirements to benefit from what is gained through the process.
October 21 – December 9, 2021
Weekly Online Gatherings on Thursday’s at 1:30pm-3:30pm
Pay what you can (or FREE)
Register for this course here.
Past Training Opportunities
A Virtual Tour of the Mohawk Institute Residential School in Brantford, Ontario for Wellbeing Waterloo Region members in October 2020 as an experience to learn about the history, legacy, and impacts of residential schools in Canada. The tour is facilitated by staff at the Woodland Cultural Centre, which is host to a variety of Indigenous arts, education, and language resources.
Save the Evidence is a campaign to raise awareness and support for the restoration of the former Mohawk Institute Residential School, and to develop the building into an Interpreted Historic Site and Educational Resource.
Wellbeing Waterloo Region publishes biweekly newsletters with updates from the community. Future Journey to Reconciliation Training opportunities will be included in our newsletters. You may subscribe here.