New Online Course Provides Window into Indigenous Peoples’ History, Culture and Lived Experience to Build Cross-Cultural Capacity on Campus | New
As the University of Calgary celebrates five years since the launch of the Indigenous strategy, ii’ taa’poh’to’p, Office of Human Resources Talent Management and the Office of Indigenous Engagement are pleased to announce a new online course called Beginning the Journey to Reconciliation.
“This course responds to the recommendations outlined in the TRC (truth and reconciliation report) as well as the ii’ taa’poh’to’p around intercultural capacity, providing students, faculty and staff (the capacity) to engage in an innovative online self-directed learning opportunity by taking the initiative to learn more about the histories, cultures and lived experience of Indigenous peoples to help continue our collective journey towards reconciliation said Dr. Shawna Cunningham, EdD, Director, Indigenous Strategy.
Designed to raise awareness of ii’ taa’poh’to’p and unveil UCalgary’s role in reconciliation, the course includes videos, interviews and graphic animations to provide an interactive overview of the diversity and complexity of histories and cultures of Indigenous peoples in Canada. . Originally delivered in a classroom setting, the course has been redeveloped for self-paced online learning by the creative instructional consultants at ICOM Productions.
Regan Ross, business development manager at ICOM, says his team saw the project as a liability. “We can honestly say that everyone on our team who worked on this course learned something new and important,” says Ross. “We realized that it is these learnings that will help build broader perspectives that will allow us to walk the path of wise practices and good relationships.”
Topics covered in Beginning the Journey to Reconciliation include: terminology related to Indigenous peoples, the concept of reconciliation, common misconceptions, stereotypes and cultural appropriation. Participants will explore some common principles of Indigenous knowledge systems and learn about and examine the effects of colonization and the legacy of residential schools.
“These courses are so important that they allow the campus community to learn more about the cultures and histories of Indigenous peoples,” says Heather Burns, senior consultant, talent management, human resources. “Linking our programs and development opportunities to these important topics will foster an environment of growing cross-cultural awareness and capacity.”
Beginning the Journey to Reconciliation is available now through Enterprise Learning, through the my.ucalgary.ca portal (requires UCID login).