integral knowledge attitudes skills before working community

We want students to be work-ready with plenty of opportunities to develop essential skills for employment, but what about being community-ready?

Community Service-Learning is piloting a three-module workshop on building intercultural capacity; identity, power and privilege; and ethical community engagement.

This workshop is for students, staff and faculty who want to deepen their understanding of intercultural competence and develop skills for community engagement.

The Community Engagement Workshop imparts essential knowledge and skills for anyone studying and working in culturally-diverse spaces, going beyond cultural literacy and strategies for cross-cultural communication. The workshop helps participants to develop empathy and understanding, aiming to transform the way we experience and interpret the world and develop self-awareness of our everyday interactions with culturally-different individuals and communities. This workshop is just the first step in a lifelong process of building and strengthening intercultural capacity and ethics.


The modules are designed to be delivered in sequence as a comprehensive workshop series, and are ideally facilitated as half-day sessions with one day for reflection between modules. For example, faculty might schedule the three-part series on Mon/Wed/Fri evenings.

Faculty may book Module 1 as a stand-alone workshop. We will consider facilitating Modules 2 and 3 as stand-alone workshops on a case-by-case basis if we determine that the pre-requisite outcomes have been met through faculty-facilitated activities.


We will be piloting our community engagement workshop curriculum during the 2018-19 academic year at no cost, and will be establishing a cost-recovery fee for future years based on feedback from staff and faculty.

Workshop Length: 3 hours

Students will learn about intercultural competence, cultural safety and Cree and Anishinaabe understandings of “all my relations”, and reflect on the ways their cultural lenses shape the way they understand and relate to others. This self-awareness leads to awareness and sensitivity for others’ beliefs, values, behaviours and experiences, and creates a culturally safe experience for others with whom we interact.

Training Topics

  • Cultural lenses (components, influences, norms and values)
  • Student Orientation
  • Cultural difference
  • Stereotypes, prejudice, discrimination and ‘isms
  • Intercultural communication

Workshop Length: 3 hours

Students will learn about the theory of oppression, the concept of intersectionality and the historical and contemporary experiences of colonization of Indigenous peoples in Canada; explore their identity, power and privilege; and reflect on their relationship with Indigenous peoples and their role as a Treaty member or guest on Indigenous lands.

Training Topics

  • Identity and intersectionality
  • Power and privilege
  • Cultural difference
  • Pre-contact and colonial histories of Indigenous peoples in Canada, legacies of colonization and contemporary issues, and Indigenous resistance and resurgence
  • Intercultural communication
  • Relationship with Indigenous peoples and role as a Treaty member or visitor on Indigenous lands

Workshop Length: 3 hours

Students will reflect critically on the ways their identity and culture shape their engagement with community and their vision of “the good life”, and also learn about Cree and Anishinaabe understandings of mino-pimātsiwin or mino-bimaadiziwin.

Nicki Ferland

Tel: 204-474-8660