8 Things to look for in an Aboriginal Awareness Trainer

May 04, 2015

A quick search on Google for "Aboriginal awareness trainer" resulted in 16,400,000 results. So, what criteria does one use when trying to choose someone to deliver Aboriginal awareness training to your team? Here are eight aspects that should figure prominently on your check list.

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1. Are they certified? This shows they know how to train. Experience alone isn't enough - you need proper training skills. 

2. Do they offer a program that includes a needs assessment? The training should be tailored to the needs of your team. There is no point in having your staff sit through a session heavily weighted with the legal rights of Aboriginal Peoples, for example, if you are looking for cultural awareness training for your front end staff.

3. Do they offer a well-researched, fact-based program? It’s imperative the “elephants” in the room are discussed in a non-threatening way. If the history of a difficult issue is presented factually it affords the opportunity to show solutions in a different light. Ask to speak to some alumni from past training sessions or to see past training session evaluations.

4. Do they offer a program that deals with contemporary Aboriginal issues, such as economics, education, social conditions, treaties, taxation, self-government and land claims? Does the trainer cover the historical and legal importance of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada so that participants fully understand the contemporary Aboriginal issues that affect Canadians, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal?

5. Are the facilitators professional, experienced and well-versed and comfortable with the subject matter? It makes a difference if the facilitators are Aboriginal People because if they are, they will be able to share their experiences and provide a perspective that would not be possible from a non-Aboriginal person. Can they deliver the material in an engaging style that resonates with both CEOs and blue collar workers?

6. Do they have good resource materials that can be used in the session and then as reference tools? Well researched and written handouts or guides that support the training are invaluable for participants to take home as reference materials.

7. Will they come to your worksites or a location of your choosing? Participants feel more comfortable learning about Aboriginal issues and challenges if they are comfortable in the setting.

8. Is training a business for them? Or is it a corner of the desk sideline in case an opportunity comes along.

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