WGST 305: Counselling with Indigenous Women Report a Broken Link

Welcome to Women’s and Gender Studies 305: Counselling with Indigenous Women. This course will engage you in issues and practices critical to working with First Nation, Métis, and Inuit women in culturally appropriate ways that promote principles of human dignity, decolonization, and self-sovereignty.

Unit 1: Locating Ourselves and Indigenous Communities: Who are Indigenous Women in Canada?


Required Readings
Supplementary Readings
Coyes, Gregory. (Director). (1996). No turning back [NFB film].

King, T. (2003). What is it about us that you don’t like? In The truth about stories: A Native narrative (pp. 121–151). Toronto, ON: Anansi. (Related to 6.1s and 6.2s)

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Unit 2: Violence and Trauma in Relation to Indigenous Women


Required Readings
Supplementary Readings

Kelly, L. (1988). Surviving sexual violence. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.

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Richardson, C. (2009). Nation state responses to violence against Indigenous women. PowerPoint presentation to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, New York, May 21, 2009.

Unit 3: Theories and Approaches to Counselling with Indigenous Women


Required Readings
Supplementary Readings
Cheatham, H., Ivey, A.E., Bradford Ivey, M., Pederson, P., Rigazio-DiGilio, S., Simek-Morgan, L., & Sue, D.W. (1997). Multicultural counseling and therapy II: Integrative practice. In A. E. Ivey, M. Bradford Ivey, & L. Simek-Morgan (Eds.), Counseling and psychotherapy (4th ed., pp.170–205). Boston: Allyn & Bacon.
Tamasese, K. (1993). Behind the one-way mirror. In C. Tapping (ed.), Other wisdoms, other worlds: Colonisation and family therapy (pp.26–36). Dulwich Centre Newsletter.
Vontress, C.E. (1985). Theories of counselling: A comparative analysis. In R.J. Samuda & A. Wolfgang (Eds.), Intercultural counselling and assessment. Toronto: C.J. Hogrefe.
White, M. (1988, Winter). The process of questioning: A therapy of literary merit? Dulwich Centre Newsletter, 37–46.

Unit 4: Response-based Practice


Required Readings
Supplementary Readings
Richardson, Catherine. (2008). A word is worth a thousand pictures: Counselling with Métis and First Nations women. In Lynda R. Ross (Ed.), Feminist counselling: Theories, issues and practice. Toronto: Women’s Press.
Richardson, C. (2009). Introducing Dr. Cathy Richardson demonstrating response-based interviewing [Video file].

Wade, A. (2010). History of family therapy [Video file].

Unit 5: Working with Grief and Loss


Required Readings

Unit 6: Identity, Rediscovery and Reconnection


Required Readings
Supplementary Readings
Richardson, C. (2003, Fall). Stories that map the way home. Cultural Reflections, 5, 21–27.
Richardson, C. (2005). Cultural stories and Métis self-creation. Relational Child and Youth Care Practice, 18(1), 37.
Richardson, C., & Seaborn, D. (2002). Working with Métis children and their families. The BC Counsellor, 24(2): 47–51.

Ross, R. (1996). Returning to the teachings. Toronto, ON: Penguin.

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Yellowhead Tribal Council. From the heart. [film]

Unit 7: Relationships and Family Life


Required Readings
Supplementary Readings
Richardson, C., & Seaborn, D. (2009). From audacity to aplomb: Understanding the Métis. In R. Sinclair, M. Hart, & G. Bruyere (Eds.), Indigenous social work in Canada: Practices and perspectives. Winnipeg, MB: Fernwood.
Tafoya, T. (1989). Circles and cedar: Native Americans in family therapy. Journal of Psychotherapy and the Family, 6, 71–98.
Waldegrave, C., & Tamasese, K. (1994). Some central ideas in the `Just Therapy' approach. In R. Munford & M. Nash (Eds.), Social work in action. Palmerston North, NZ: Dunmore Press.

Weakland, J.H., Fisch, R., Watzlawick, P., & Bodin, A.M. (1974). Brief therapy: Focused problem resolution. In P. Watzlawick & J.H Weakland (Eds.), The interactional view: Studies at the Mental Research Institute, Palo Alto, 1965–1974 (pp. 274–298). New York: Norton.

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Unit 8: Celebration and Ceremony


Required Readings
Supplementary Readings
Graveline, F.J. (1998). Circleworks: Transforming Eurocentric consciousness. Winnipeg: Fernwood.
Reynolds, V. (2002). Weaving threads of belonging: Cultural witnessing groups. Journal of Child and Youth Care, 15(3), 89–105.
Shook, V.E. (1985). Ho'oponopono: Contemporary uses of a Hawaiian problem-solving process. Honolulu, HI: University of Hawaii Press.