Get the knowledge, self-awareness, and skills to address Indigenous-specific racism in adult learning environments.
Sponsorship for tuition and accommodation costs may be available for qualified applicants affiliated with a local BC Aboriginal Friendship Centre. Sponsorship decisions will be made by the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres on a case-by-case basis.
What you will learn
Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
- Design and deliver lessons that guide learners through the experiential learning cycle, demonstrating effective lesson design, teaching, and facilitation skills.
- Discuss key concepts of racism and colonization, including the history and ongoing manifestations of colonization, and respond to common misconceptions and objections.
- Identify and analyze the different ways learner resistance may manifest in response to discussions on colonial history and other Indigenous-related content.
- Develop self-awareness on what may trigger facilitators and learners in the face of anti-Indigenous racism and resistance.
- Use self-awareness as a tool for managing triggers in self and others when addressing anti-Indigenous racism.
- Employ a range of specific strategies to unsettle the resistance and support learning in their classroom.
- Discuss how co-facilitation and inter-racial facilitation can be used to navigate challenging situations in the classroom.
- Demonstrate effective anti-racist facilitation, inter-racial facilitation, and co-facilitation skills in dealing with a range of facilitation scenarios.
- Develop a sustainable reflective practice for ongoing improvement.
What to expect
A wide variety of instructional strategies is used in the program. Instructional strategies may include interactive lectures, story/scenario-based discussions, small-group and large-group in-class activities, guided self-reflection, case studies, role playing, and micro-facilitation and feedback cycles.
English 12 with a minimum C- grade or equivalent, or departmental approval.
New and practicing facilitators teaching in adult education environment with particular focus on Indigenous facilitators working at the community-based level.
Racialized and White facilitators, particularly those working alongside Indigenous facilitators in an interracial co-facilitation setting, who may be dealing with anti-Indigenous racism in their teaching/facilitation.
Fees and other costs
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* Fees are approximate and subject to change with the approval of VCC's Board of Governors. Students are required to pay any applicable fee increases. Application and assessment fees are non-refundable.
Any refunds are issued according to VCC's refund policy.