Village Workshop Series:
Online Training Experience©
Storytelling is a traditional way of teaching and is the method used most prominently in The Village Online Learning Experience. Participants will be asked to pay attention to what resonates as they listen to the stories.
We can not assess what they already know and do not know. The elders say that there is always an opportunity to learn more when we look for it. Traditionally the same story was told many times. As participants listen they are asked to try to harvest the wisdom that is in each story. Learning will be different for each participant.
There are four modules:
- Module One: Preparing For Our Journey Together
- Module Two: Journey to A Pre-contact Village
- Module Three: Colonization Of the Village
- Module Four: Our Reconciliation Journey
Each will take approximately an 1 1/2 hrs to complete. 1/2 hour to watch the video and then 10-12 discussion questions at the end of each module. Participants are asked to think/write/draw and talk with a buddy or small cohort to process what they learned.
Village Workshop Series Online Training Experience©
Deepened understanding regarding traditional territory and the use of stories to build relationships to learn and teach
Appreciation of Life in a traditional village before colonization
Perspective on resilience and acts of resistance during multiple waves of trauma.
Awareness of how we can work together to change systems to make them work better for everyone.
Important note for workshop hosts:
Prior to the workshop, participants need to understand that we will be addressing Residential School and its effects in an in‐depth way. Participation may trigger unresolved grief and loss issues for some. It is imperative that participants know that in advance and have an understanding that coming to the workshop is not mandatory; it is their choice. It is also recommended that options to access support after the workshop are provided. Please arrange to have chairs in a circle (nothing inside the circle.)
Please note Village Workshops are copyrighted. The Village©️ workshops should NOT be replicated or misappropriated. Facilitating may appear easy and it may be tempting to recreate versions of Village workshops by changing the stories slightly, etc. However, safety during these experiential workshops is a priority and it requires specialized and extensive education, training and years of Elder mentorship and guidance. The work (inspired by Jann Derrick’s Circle and the Box and the input of many, dear Elders who mentored and guided me) came to be through my own healing journey, and I have woven together that personal journey and the journey of healing of those I have worked with and walked beside during my 24 years of Counselling residential school survivors and their children and grandchildren. These boundaries have been set to maintain the integrity of the work.
About The Facilitator
A CULTURAL SAFETY PRACTITIONER, WORKSHOP FACILITATOR, KEYNOTE SPEAKER AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT SPECIALIST
I created and facilitate the Building Bridges through Understanding the Village © workshop to increase cultural competency for organizations across Canada.
I have almost 25 years of leadership experience in facilitating, counseling, developing, directing and coordinating Aboriginal community-based programs. I have facilitated and managed culturally-based strategic planning sessions, conflict resolution and counseling strategies for groups and individuals, developed community workshops to create understanding and support for families who are experiencing the generational effects of the trauma of residential schools, and I have developed networking circles to bring service providers together and to increase cultural competency.
My work has been inspired by Jann Derrick’s teachings of ‘The Circle and The Box’ along with the input and teachings of many, dear Elders who often co-facilitate with me. I have certificates in Re-enactment Therapy for Trauma Survivors, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for Trauma, and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), and hold a Master of Arts in Leadership. My thesis, Returning Home to the Values of the Village focused on the revival of culturally-based values in order to increase collaboration among staff within an Aboriginal service-providing agency.
“Chi Miigwetch, great thanks to you, Kathi, and all of the elders and organizers for delivering this amazing workshop. There was so much love, support, and wisdom in the room that it felt like an incredibly safe space to examine trauma and emotions around the impacts of colonization on our lives and families. I have been talking to many people all week about my experiences there”
“It was a deeply moving experience, and I can see that it is an incredible tool for education and healing.”