Workshops and Training

Regrettably, the Office of Indigenous Initiatives is unable to take any training requests at this time. This includes our Land Acknowledgment Workshops, the KAIROS Blanket Exercise, and our Intercultural Awareness Certificate.  We will continue to update our webpage as more information becomes available. Additional training opportunities at the University are available through the Human Rights & Equity Office https://www.queensu.ca/hreo/education and the HR Catalogue.


The Office of Indigenous Initiatives has two training facilitators as well as the Cultural Advisor and Elder in Residence who are available to facilitate different training and workshop sessions.

If you have a specific training topic in mind, we would be happy to work with you on developing a workshop or training session.

Below you will find a list of current workshops and training sessions featuring Indigenous content or that are Indigenous specific.

Land Acknowledgement Workshop

Participants will learn about the historical significance of the traditional lands that Queen’s University is situated on, understand why land acknowledgements are important – both individually and in relation to Indigenous Peoples– and develop their own land acknowledgement based on their personal story.

Participants will have a chance to practice their own acknowledgement in small groups, in a safe setting.

The OII is happy to offer a land acknowledgement workshop which is bookable via the Queen’s HR Catalogue. However, if you would like a session facilitated for your department or faculty, please contact the OII directly to coordinate this.

Cultural Safety and Kairos Blanket Exercise

The Indigenous cultural safety training workshop is offered to Queen's faculty, staff, and students. Participants of these sessions will gain a better understanding of the historical, political, and cultural issues that impact Indigenous peoples in Canada, and understand the connection between past and current government practices and policies towards First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples.

*Please note as of October 2021: Unfortunately, at this time we are unable to offer the KAIROS Blanket exercise, either virtually or in-person. If you could reconnect with us in December for the Winter 2022 semester. Nyá:wen. 

Contact us for more information

From Diversity to Inclusion in the Workplace Certificate

The From Diversity to Inclusion in the Workplace (DIW) Certificate will help staff understand that to build an environment that promotes diversity and inclusion requires active participation of everyone on campus. This certificate is offered through the HR Learning Catalogue.

Register for Certificate

Intercultural Awareness Certificate

This program is a five-part series of workshops which will help students to recognize that gaining intercultural awareness requires a commitment to life-long learning. Participants must attend five 90-minute workshops, or three 150-minute workshops, in order to receive a certificate. Workshops are repeated in the fall and winter terms.

Contact us for more information.