Forestry and reconciliation: focus on BC

Posted by Bob Joseph

Feb 10, 2016 6:37:52 PM

 Since the Truth and Reconciliation Commission released its summary report containing 94 Calls- to-Action we have written a series of articles on what various organizations can do towards reconciliation. We have articles on what local governments, municipalities, dioceses and schools are implementing or could implement to reset their relationship with Indigenous people. In this article we visit the forestry and reconciliation. We provide an overview and then focus on British Columbia as BC is historically the biggest producer of forest products and its forestry/Indigenous relations have progressed since the infamous “War in the Woods” era.

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Topics: Aboriginal Relations, Reconciliation

Aboriginal Skills Training Projects Connect Communities with Opportunities

Posted by Bob Joseph

Feb 3, 2016 12:49:15 PM

The Aboriginal Labour Market Community Navigators’ project, managed by the New Relationship Trust, was launched in January 2015. The three-year program, which will service nearly 50 First Nation communities, helps First Nation people in BC access skills training and related job opportunities.

Rochelle Saddleman, as Coordinator of the project, manages a team of seven Navigators located throughout BC. She is passionate about the project and took some time from her extremely hectic schedule to provide some insight to the project and some retention tips for employers.

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Topics: Aboriginal Recruitment and Retention

Rochelle Saddleman, Co-ordinator, Aboriginal Navigators Project

Posted by Bob Joseph

Feb 3, 2016 12:48:00 PM

Rochelle Saddleman is dedicated to ensuring more First Nations members get the skills they need to succeed in a rapidly-changing work environment.

As co-ordinator of the new Aboriginal Labour Market Community Navigators project, Rochelle Saddleman manages a team of seven Navigators located throughout B.C. The Navigators are helping First Nations members get job-ready with the necessary skills to take advantage of new employment opportunities in BC’s resource sector.

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Topics: Aboriginal Recruitment and Retention, People

Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action

Posted by Bob Joseph

Feb 1, 2016 11:26:45 AM

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission released its summary report and findings on June 2, 2015 after six years of hearings and testimony from more than 6,000 residential school survivors and their loved ones. The report includes 94 Calls-to-Action to be followed if Canada is to address the "cultural genocide" of Aboriginal Peoples as enacted with the residential school policy and achieve true reconciliation. As is often stated, reconciliation is not an Aboriginal problem, it's a Canadian problem and every Canadian needs to be aware of this very dark (but not distant history as the last school closed in 1996) period of history, understand that it has caused a intergenerational and ongoing impact and find ways and means to support reconciliation.

In the words of my father, Chief Robert Joseph "We start today. We start with every little step. If we start right now, and this moment is a moment of reconciliation for some of us, it's a huge, huge achievement."

We have here the *entire list of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls-to-Actions for reference for our readers.

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Topics: Reconciliation

Indigenous Peoples Worldviews vs Western Worldviews

Posted by Bob Joseph

Jan 26, 2016 2:32:00 PM

The world we live in is multi-cultural with a corresponding plethora of worldviews. In this article we provide a definition of "worldviews" and a comparison of Indigenous and Western worldview perspectives. Understanding the core differences between Indigenous worldviews and Western worldviews is an important component in achieving cultural harmony and respectful relationships. In this article we give a snapshot of the basic differences between Indigenous and Western worldviews. We are speaking in very general terms in the description of these differences and are in no way indicating that individual Indigenous cultures share the same worldviews; ditto for generalizations of Western worldviews.

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Topics: Indigenous Peoples

Ramona Materi Ingenia Consulting

Posted by Bob Joseph

Jan 21, 2016 5:45:17 AM

Ramona Materi, MPA, MEd is the President of Ingenia Consulting. Ingenia consults on labour market and economic development issues. The firm has worked with First Nations, the natural gas, solid wood, mining and environmental sectors and developed workforce training strategies for Northwest and Northeast BC.

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Topics: Aboriginal Economic Development

Tips on Doing Business with Indigenous Communities in Northern BC

Posted by Bob Joseph

Jan 20, 2016 4:26:33 PM

Northern British Columbia is an area often overlooked as a business opportunity Mecca but to Ramona Materi, President, Ingenia Consulting, it is rich with possibilities. So, she decided to write a “how to do business” guidebook. British Columbia's New North: How to Build Your Business, Respect Communities--and Prosper is for national and international investors, global contractors as well as “mom and pop” business owners who want to set up shop in the region. The information is practical, targeted and insightful into economy, gaps in the economy (both existing and pending) and tips from residents on living in this vibrant region.

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Topics: Working Effectively with Aboriginal Peoples

Reconciliation and the BC Anglican Diocese

Posted by Bob Joseph

Jan 18, 2016 4:13:04 PM

The Anglican Church has been working towards reconciliation for a long time and in BC, that work is being guided by Bishop Logan McMenamie, who is in turn, guided by Kwakwaka’wakw Elder Alex Nelson. Bishop McMenamie took the time to speak with us about the steps the church is taking towards reconciliation.

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Topics: Reconciliation

Indigenous Reconciliation and Municipalities Some Calls to Action

Posted by Bob Joseph

Jan 12, 2016 3:09:18 PM

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) released its final report in December 2015 - a massive 3700 page tome resulting from the six year investigation by the TRC into the residential school system for Indigenous youth and the legacy of the system. Prior to the report, in June 2015, the TRC released 94 reconciliation recommendations, or calls-to-action (CTA), to address that legacy.

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Topics: Reconciliation

Indigenous or Aboriginal Which is correct?

Posted by Bob Joseph

Jan 5, 2016 7:22:14 AM

“Which is correct? Indigenous or Aboriginal” is a frequently asked question for us at Indigenous Corporate Training Inc.. The federal government’s move to Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) from Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, while a very positive move for Indigenous Peoples in Canada, has people asking the question. We really appreciate the question and the motive behind the question - to respect Indigenous Peoples by using the correct terminology.

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Topics: Indigenous Peoples