Assimilative Policies Workshop
This guide is intended to assist facilitators in introducing Newcomers as they begin to
explore the foundational history of Indigenous nations and their historical and contemporary contributions to the development of Canada. This exploration is centred around Canadian assimilative policies and practices and their resultant effects on Indigenous peoples.
The title of the guide is ‘Gawiin Bimikawesiwan’ which means ‘s/he leaves no footprints’ in Anishinaabemowin.1 It speaks to the aim of successive governments to eradiate Indigenous peoples’ culture, traditions, languages, and ways of life.
The activities are meant to fortify Immigration Partnership Winnipeg’s mandate, which include commitments to:
• active participation and undertaking of tasks in a participatory manner
• and supporting the settlement and integration of immigrants.
When combined with leadership, teaching, and self- exploration, the following activities are intended to support personal growth and solidarity, and aid Newcomers in being active 21st Canadian citizens.