We took our signature Aboriginal awareness training program to a whole new level when we developed Working Effectively with Indigenous Peoples™ based on participant and client needs and requests. Further extensive field testing confirmed that any training should be designed to help individuals and organizations work more effectively rather than just raise awareness. In this Training, our goal is to help participants get beyond Indigenous awareness to practical skills and tools that can be applied everywhere.
“Anyone hoping to succeed in relationships with Aboriginal Peoples should take this course – it’s much easier than figuring out how to get your foot out of your mouth…” M. L. • International Forest Products Ltd.
FYI: The 94 Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls-to-Action include:
Professional Development and Training for Public Servants
#57. We call upon federal, provincial, territorial, and municipal governments to provide education to public servants on the history of Aboriginal peoples, including the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Aboriginal rights, Indigenous law, and Aboriginal–Crown relations. This will require skillsbased training in intercultural competency, conflict resolution, human rights, and anti-racism.
Business and Reconciliation
#92.iii. Provide education for management and staff on the history of Aboriginal peoples, including the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Aboriginal rights, Indigenous law, and Aboriginal–Crown relations. This will require skills based training in intercultural competency, conflict resolution, human rights, and anti-racism.
Our training fulfills the requirements of the above CTAs.
Purpose of the Training:
- Provide an explanation of why to work with Indigenous Peoples at all.
- Provide a safe environment to explore complex Indigenous issues in a non-confrontational way.
- Provide safe opportunity to see both sides of the debate.
- Help participants sift through rhetoric to find creative solutions to workplace challenges.
- Provide reference material in the form of our book Working Effectively with Aboriginal Peoples®.
- Allow you to share your experience with others and vice versa.
- Assist in enhancing the credibility of your services.
- Provide techniques to help you work more effectively with Indigenous Peoples and communities.
- Give participants the opportunity to practice and use newly acquired skills immediately.
- Cover key things to say, and not say, when working in this complex environment.
- Focus on how to develop relationships and why.
Who should attend:
- Those just starting out to those who have been working with Indigenous Peoples for years.
- Government representatives from federal, provincial, and local governments.
- Business representatives from the retail, industrial and financial sectors.
- Senior executives, managers and board members.
- Line managers, project managers and project team members.
- Communications and community relations staff.
- Properties and lands staff and policy makers.
- Human resources and customer services staff who work directly with Indigenous Peoples or on teams that work directly with Indigenous Peoples.
At this course you will:
- Review historical events and their relation to the present day
- Learn cultural and linguistic information about Indigenous Peoples
- Become familiar with demographic information
- Review major court cases and their implications
- Begin to understand the cross-cultural perspectives of the same issue
- Be familiar with terminology and know what terms to use in different situations
- Explore business reasons for developing Indigenous relations
- Explore individual and organizational strategies for developing relationships
“Very eye opening. Very interested in particularly the treaty history and current processes, well covered. I liked the fact that audience questions and possible prejudices were dealt with on a professional understanding level.” S. B. • Royal Roads University
8:30am – 4:00pm
Historical Background of Indigenous Peoples
Constitutional, Political and Legal Context
British North America Act, Indian Act, Other Legislation
Hereditary and Elected Chiefs
Forces Affecting the Indigenous Population
Misconceptions, Perspectives & Realities
Indigenous Understanding – Terms
Business Reasons for Indigenous Relations
Relationship building opportunities
Risk, Consultation, Accommodation Model
Practical hints & tips
“Broke down some of the disinformation I wasn’t even aware I was being influenced by.” K. Spowart • RBC Royal Bank
Flexibility in Training Options
Our training can be delivered on-site or at a location, time, and date of your choosing, and is perfect for bringing the whole team up to speed. It is far more economical to do on-site training if you are training 12 or more people than it is to send them to our public sessions. Still not sure if it's right for you? Send a team member to a public training session in your area to scout it out.
Beware of Imposters
When you are the best at what you do people try to copy you. While we are honoured that others know our training is a quality program and worthy of copying we worry that they don’t have the experience or knowledge that we have. Indigenous awareness training is what we do everyday. Copying of our program in a “cut and paste” manner has been attempted by a large heritage park, wellness consultants, non-Indigenous diversity trainers, and in-house human relations staff. We strive everyday to ensure that our training is up to date, applicable and meets the needs of our clients. A copied “Rolex” watch may be shiny on the outside but lacks the substance and quality of the original. We are proud to be the original! Check out these articles: What to look for in an Indigenous Awareness training program and Indigenous Cultural Competency Criteria.
Contact us with your questions or to obtain a quote for your team.
Trainer in action
See Bob Joseph in action. Here's a sample of his delivery style and training content at this Vancouver Board of Trade presentation.
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