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CoPro 2022 Upcoming Events

#CoPro2022 is a series of ongoing engagement opportunities from May until October aimed at enhancing accessibility and building momentum in equity-based co-design research and practice. 

August 24-26, 2022 – This immersive, in-person forum will be hosted within Six Nations of the Grand River and includes experiential workshops that are open to community agencies or partners whose mandates focus on engagement, innovation, inclusion and education, as well as students, trainees and people with lived experience who are interested in co-design for system change.


Experiential Workshops

Wed. Aug. 24, 2-5pm

Moving into the Learning Zone
Location: The Gathering Place by the Grand, Ohsweken, ON map 

Part 1: A Two Row on the Grand River: Strengthening Alliances through Land/Water-Based Journeys
Facilitated by: Jay Bailey – Elder/TROGR Founder, Ellie Joseph – Elder/TROGR Founder, Bonnie Freeman, PhD, and Trish VanKatwyk, Ph.D.

One of the oldest treaties in North America is the Two Row Wampum was established approximately 1613.  The treaty was originally between the Haudenosaunee and Dutch and then extended to the French and British.  This treaty recognizes the cultural differences between Indigenous and non-indigenous peoples while living respectfully together. The Two Row Wampum treaty is based on Kariwiio (good mind/equal justice), Kasastensera (strength in unity/respect), and Skenn:ne (Peace). In 2015, the founders of the canoe journey on the Grand River decided to bring this experience to Six Nations and their neighbouring communities after travelling on the Hudson River to the United Nations in New York City in 2013 to renew this treaty. This presentation will share the stories and experiences of how community and academe have come together to learn from this canoe journey about reconciliation and alliance building through education and experiential learning.  Participants will have an opportunity to paddle a canoe or kayak on the Grand River. Note: TROGR (Two Row on the Grand River)

Part 2: Finding the Artist Within: Applying Arts-Based Approaches in Doing Co-Production
Facilitated by: Tara French
Artists: coming soon!

This hands-on workshop explores how arts-based approaches to co-production can embody experience and foster authentic engagement with equity-deserving groups. Participants focus on two specific art forms of their choosing. Options include poetry, dance, beading and visual arts. Through small group discussions and activities, workshop leaders will create a space for participants to find the artist within, embracing art as a pathway for self-expression. Participants will collectively reflect on how we can leverage our vulnerabilities and create safer spaces using arts-based approaches when doing co-production.   

Thurs. Aug. 25, 2-5pm

Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Digital Storytelling
Location: Chiefswood Park, Ohsweken, ON map

Part 1: Ways of knowing – Integrating Indigenous & non-Indigenous science within the Ohneganos and JoyPop App projects
Facilitated by: Denise McQueen and Tehahenteh

In this workshop, participants learn about experiences integrating Indigenous and non-Indigenous science to address youth mental health in light of the clean water crisis in many First Nations communities. Different perspectives (i.e. researchers, community members, young people) will be shared on aspects of their work together such as the importance of relationships, collaboration, and co-creating processes with members of a youth advisory committee.

Part 2: Digital Story-telling – Co-creating through Story Circles
Facilitated by: Liz Mansfield and Rani Sanderson

Digital storytelling is an arts-based collaborative, inclusive and strengths-based method that can create opportunities for individuals and communities to voice lived experience, shape local change agendas while gaining research and social advocacy skills.  During this hands-on workshop we will explore digital storytelling methods such as story circle best practices, creating a narrative, strengths-based feedback approaches and selecting photos/imagery that communicate stories visually. This session will conclude with a discussion about how this method can support community-based participatory co-design initiatives.

Cost per workshop

$60 – faculty, researchers and professionals

$30 – students and trainees

FREE – participants with lived experience perspectives


To support dialogue and comfort, workshop space is very limited.
Both locations are fully accessible and masks will be required.

Registration closes August 19 or when full.
Cancellations made before August 19 will be fully refunded.


Questions? Please contact us at CoPro22[at]