Workshops

All of the Walking Together: Education for Reconciliation professional development resources and workshops have been designed as introductory materials to support your learning journey.  Each of the resources and workshops should be localized to include content from your area in collaboration with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Elders, Knowledge Keepers and Cultural Advisors.

How to book a Professional Development Workshop

Please contact pd@ata.ab.ca to book a workshop.

Booking a Professional Development Workshop

Current Workshops 

 

 ᑕᐯᐧᐃᐧᐣ tapwewin: Dismantling Anti-Indigenous Racism

This introductory workshop will encourage educators to critically reflect on concepts such as systemic racism and assimilation.  Historical and contemporary examples of anti-Indigenous racism will be explored, and participants will be challenged to consider their own role in dismantling anti-Indigenous racism.  Educators will leave with a foundational understanding of anti-racism with a focus on Indigenous Peoples, and will also be equipped with suggested resources for further learning. Note that portions of this workshop may be difficult for some participants, particularly for Indigenous Peoples and/or those who have experienced racism. 

               

The Blanket Exercise

The Blanket Exercise is a participatory workshop in which educators will experience over 500 years of history by taking on the roles of indigenous peoples in Canada. Standing on blankets that represent the land, they will walk through time and explore the impacts of colonization, treaty-making and modern legislation. The Blanket Exercise is concluded by a facilitated debriefing in which participants have the opportunity to discuss the experience as a group. By engaging participants on an emotional and intellectual level, this workshop is a powerful tool for increasing empathy and understanding. Available for Treaty 6, 7 or 8.

Finding Our Way in Indigenous Education:  Connecting Hearts & Minds

Fostering and developing a braided approach in the Indigenous focused competencies and indicators continues to be a challenge for many.  The following are common statements from teachers and school leaders across the province; “I don’t know what I don’t know”, “I’m afraid to say and do something offensive” and “I just don’t know where to begin”.  Come and learn resources and strategies to deepen understanding of Indigenous-focused competencies in the new Teaching & Leadership Quality Standard

Full Circle: Understanding Social Implications of Indigenous Realities

This workshop will examine core causes of intergenerational trauma, challenge common myths and misconceptions, as well as explore activities to foster effective relationships with First Nations, Métis and Inuit students, families and community. Participants will explore assimilation strategies that have contributed to many current realities of Indigenous students, families and community. You will gain an increased understanding of physical, mental, social and spiritual impacts, and strength-based initiatives to contribute to the advancement of the reconciliation process.

The History and Legacy of Residential Schools

This workshop examines the history, impacts and legacy of residential schools, including the effects of intergenerational trauma. Educators will be trained on the tools, resources and strategies that contribute to the development of mutually respectful relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians. Participants will leave honouring the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action and make a professional and personal commitment to action.

Histoire et séquelles du régime de pensionnats

Cet atelier examine l’histoire, les répercussions et les séquelles du régime de pensionnats, y compris les effets des traumatismes intergénérationnels. Les enseignants y obtiendront des outils, ressources et stratégies pouvant contribuer au développement de relations fondées sur le respect mutuel entre Canadiens autochtones et non autochtones. À la fin de l’atelier, les participants seront prêts à honorer les appels à l’action de la Commission de vérité et réconciliation en plus d’être déterminés à agir, tant sur le plan professionnel que personnel.

 

Indigenous Alberta—The Footsteps of Our Ancestors

This workshop will introduce participants to the rich indigenous cultural and linguistic diversity of Alberta. Topics will include terminology related to identity, recognition of territory, significant ancestral landscapes related to locations of celebrations and traditions that come to life through song and dance, addressing myths and misconceptions, and a brief historical timeline.

Indigenous Content in the new Teaching Quality Standard:  Moving from Inspiring to Requiring

The new Teaching Quality Standard requires all teachers to demonstrate foundational knowledge about First Nations, Metis and Inuit for the benefit of all students. Where should you start!? In this session, you will be introduced to short, interactive activities designed to enhance your understanding of reconciliation, resources specifically produced to build your competence and confidence; and ideas about the many paths you can pursue on your future professional Indigenous Education learning journey.

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Indigenous Education Resources: Where Do I Start?

This session will support educators in using resources that accurately reflect and demonstrate the strength and diversity of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit. You will learn about culturally responsive resources to increase your capacity in foundational knowledge about First Nations, Métis, and Inuit. In addition, you will leave with tools to consider for critically reviewing First Nations, Métis, and Inuit resources for classroom and professional use.

 

Indigenous Matriarchy – Balance through Truth, Justice and Reconciliation

“For our young women, for our grandmothers, for our women who travel with us, we are sacred because we exist. We are sacred because we have survived.”
– Audrey Siegel, The National Inquiry Elders and Grandmothers Circle 

Throughout this session you will examine historical and contemporary issues, challenges and inequities for Indigenous women, girls and Two Spirit, including action to support reclaiming power and place. You will deepen your understanding of why it’s crucial to support Indigenous women, girls and Two Spirit and how you can contribute to restoring balance within education systems. Please note that this workshop includes discussions of Missing and Murdered Indigenous women and girls which will be upsetting to some.

 

Indigenous Ways of Knowing

This workshop is designed to be an introduction to some basic First Nation, Metis and Inuit worldviews, cultural beliefs and values. It is neither a comprehensive nor an exhaustive exploration of Indigenous ways of knowing, but rather a series of focused conversation starters for groups of educators engaged in reconciliation. Worldviews and ways of knowing are like stones thrown into the water from which other circles grow. Participants will gain an understanding and appreciation of First Nations, Metis and Inuit people by learning about diverse, traditional and contemporary experiences unique to them.

Our Shared History, Our Shared Future: A Brief Introduction to Treaties

This introductory workshop will explore historical and contemporary information and resources relating to numbered treaties within present-day Alberta. Educators will build their understanding of the acknowledgement of land and people, as well as our shared responsibilities to the land and each other. Participants will engage in dialogue and reflect on their professional learning in order to build capacity in treaty education.

Une histoire commune, un avenir à partager : Initiation aux traités

Cet atelier propose une introduction à des ressources et à des renseignements historiques et contemporains au sujet des traités numérotés qui couvrent le territoire de l’actuelle province de l’Alberta. Les enseignants développeront leur compréhension de la signification des déclarations de reconnaissance des peuples et des territoires, ainsi que de nos responsabilités communes aussi bien à l'égard de la terre que les uns envers les autres. Les participants engageront un dialogue et réfléchiront à leur perfectionnement professionnel en vue d’acquérir les compétences nécessaires en matière d’éducation relative aux traités.

 

The Sixties Scoop:  Understanding Implications & Contributing towards Reconciliation

From the 1950s to the 1990s, thousands of Indigenous children across Canada were apprehended and placed with non-Indigenous families, isolating many from Indigenous cultures, languages and identity.  This session will provide educators with an overview of historical and current insights into the Sixties Scoop, as well as increased understanding of its legacy.  You will leave this session with an increased understanding of the complexities of the Sixties Scoop, including resources and strategies to contribute towards reconciliation.