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Intercultural Awareness Certificate

QUIC and the Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre invite students to participate in this five-part series of workshops which will help them to recognize that gaining intercultural awareness requires a commitment to life-long learning. At the end of the training they will be able to:

  • Describe the concept of culture and apply this concept to evaluate their own personal cultures;
  • Identify various dimensions of culture that will help them effectively engage in an intercultural context;
  • Practise various skills that will help them be more effective in intercultural interactions;
  • Recognize their own strengths and challenges when interacting with cultural commonality and difference; and
  • Evaluate their experiences with cultural difference and commonality in order to continue the development of their intercultural competence.
  • Gain greater awareness and understanding of Indigenous culture; and
  • Gain greater understanding and empathy for the lived experience of Western colonialism by Indigenous peoples in the Americas.

Participants must attend five 120 minute workshops, or three 200 minute workshops, in order to receive a certificate. Workshops are repeated in the Fall and Winter Terms. You can see the full schedule here. Space is limited; reserve your place by clicking on the links included in the series schedule below. If you have any questions please email

Workshops Descriptions:

  1. Intercultural begins with you: Participants will be introduced to basic concepts of intercultural learning, with an emphasis on the importance of knowing one’s own cultural self as a means to understanding and appreciating the culture of others, and thus gaining intercultural competence.
  2. Between cultures – it takes a skill or two: In this workshop, we will continue to look at dimensions of culture – how we communicate and how we respond to difference – and how they affect our intercultural interactions. Participants will learn the Describe-Analyze-Evaluate (D.A.E.) method for interpreting interpersonal interactions, as well as connecting intercultural communication and effective interactions.
  3. Indigenous Culture & Experience – KAIROS Blanket Exercise:  Queen’s Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre will present an interactive learning experience that teaches Indigenous rights history. The Kairos Blanket Exercise covers 500 years of history in a ninety minute participatory workshop. Participants will take-on the roles of Indigenous and Settler peoples in Canada and experience pre-contact, treaty-making, colonization and resistance.
  4. Indigenous Culture & Experience – Cultural Safety Training: This session is comprised of two parts. The first part focuses on the diversity of Indigenous communities and peoples. Participants explore the concept of self-identity, the context of proper terminology to use when referring or speaking with Indigenous peoples. Participants are also guided to reflect and share their uniqueness, what gifts they carry as individuals, and methods of cross-communication through reflection. The session also utilizes the cultural framework model by taking the group through the Indigenous paradigm and comparing it to the dominant Western society. In the second part, participants explore the concept of issues in urban settings, why Indigenous Peoples choose not to self-identify. The group will further discuss and reflect on their individual stereotypes and biases they carry, along with societal privileges. Participants will also explore the ideology of creating empathetic relationships and collaborating with members of Indigenous communities.
  5. Putting it all together: In the fifth and final session participants will apply the knowledge and ideas that have been covered in the sessions so far towards the consideration of empathic approaches to communication and interaction between cultures.


2019-20 Schedule

Series 1 (Fall 2019)

Dates: Tuesdays: September 17, 24; October 1, 8, 15 – 2:30 to 4:30

Location: QUIC (2nd floor of Mitchell Hall)

Series 1 is now full

Series 2 (Fall 2019)

Dates: Thursdays: September 19, 26; October 3, 10, 17 – 1:30 to 3:30pm

Location: QUIC (2nd floor of Mitchell Hall)

Series 2 is now full

Series 3 (Fall 2019)

Dates: Wednesdays: October 30; November 6, 13, 20, 27 – 2:30 to 4:30pm

Location: QUIC (2nd floor of Mitchell Hall)

Series 3 is now full

Series 4 (Fall 2019)

Dates: Saturdays: November 16, 23, 30 – 1:30 to 5pm

Location: QUIC (2nd floor of Mitchell Hall)

Series 4 is now full

Series 5 (Winter 2020)

Dates: Tuesdays: January 14, 21, 28; February 4, 11 – 2:30 to 4:30pm

Location: QUIC (2nd floor of Mitchell Hall)

Series 5 is now full

Series 6 (Winter 2020)

Dates: Thursdays: January 16, 23, 30; February 6, 13 – 1:30 to 3:30pm

Location: QUIC (2nd floor of Mitchell Hall)

Series 6 is now full

Series 7 (Winter 2020)

Dates: Wednesdays: March 4, 11, 18, 25; April 1 – 2:30 to 4:30pm

Location: QUIC (2nd floor of Mitchell Hall)

Series 7 is now full

Series 8 (Winter 2020)

Dates: Saturdays: March 21, 28; April 4 – 1:30 to 5pm

Location: QUIC (2nd floor of Mitchell Hall)

Series 8 is now full

Participants are asked to attend all the workshops of a single series. All sessions take place in QUIC’s Churchill Hall. Intercultural Competence Certificate Resource List

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