IDEAL Certificate

Stage 1

Stage 1 of IDEAL is to complete the self-led Canvas course Weaving Relations which explores Indigenous histories, people, and contexts, as well as settler colonialism in Canada, through the lens of Indigenous-Canadian relationships. Once participants have completed Weaving Relations they are encouraged to sign up for Stage 2 of the IDEAL program, which dives deeper into topics related to colonialism through engagement with land-based and experiential teachings. 

Stage 2

In Stage 2 of the IDEAL program, participants will explore a variety of learning opportunities, including Speaker Series, guided walks, and engagement opportunities, and then have the opportunity to engage in reflection using journaling prompts via Canvas and participating in facilitated sharing circles. These pedagogical methods are utilized to deepen participants learning; employing peer-based learning allowing the participants to have enriched, dialogical and reflective opportunities using decolonialized methodologies. 

The goal of Stage 2 is to provide a gradual scaffolding of experiential learning opportunities with a cohort of peers from cross disciplines, strengthening relational networks and weaving together a deeper understanding of Indigenous peoples, history, and issues to better equip participants when they seek to engage with Indigenous communities.

Stage 2 is designed to be a year long commitment. Participants choose from 10 curated experiences and attend the corresponding Sharing Circle. Participants need to complete 7 pairings to be eligible to move on to Stage 3. Experiences also include attending engagement opportunities such as Orange Shirt Day and viewing pre-recorded Speaker Series and Panels, if the in-person opportunity does not allow for attendance. Participants also have the ability to experience and share about an opportunity (limit of two) outside those listed. Please contact Dana-Lyn Mackenzie, Senior Manager, EDI & Indigeneity at  for further information.

Apply to register for Stage 2. Please send all enquiries to Dana-Lyn Mackenzie.

Schedule at a glance for this term:

Friday, January 26th, 2024 12:30-3:30 Ceremonial Opening – in person – Please register

Wednesday January 31st, 3:00-4:30 p.m., IDEAL Speaker Series – hybrid

Friday, February 2nd, 3:00-4:30 p.m., Virtual Sharing Circle – Zoom

Wednesday February 28th, Experience – in person, TBD

Friday, March 1st, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., Virtual Sharing Circle – Zoom

Wednesday April 10th, Experience – in person, TBD

Friday, April 12th, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., Virtual Sharing Circle – Zoom

More to come over the summer and the 2024W academic year.