In this article, I’m going to provide some practical tips on what to do and what not to do for speakers/presenters who will be making presentations to audiences that include First Nations Peoples.Read More
What are iconic images to some are considered stereotypical, generic, ignorant and insulting to others. When it comes to the masses, stereotypical First Nation cultural images continue to do a great disservice to the cultural diversity of Aboriginal Peoples.Read More
Cultural competency has become a buzzword in the Aboriginal Awareness training industry and we get a lot of requests from individuals and organizations asking if our courses include it. In this article we try to explain what it is and how we incorporate it into our training programs.Read More
Have you ever been in the socially awkward situation of being around someone who says something that is inappropriate and culturally offensive? Have you ever done it yourself? Chances are you have been in both situations as there are many phrases and comments peppered throughout our language that may seem innocuous but have connotations you may be unaware of.
There was a really great item in the news in early September about President Obama. While on a trip to Alaska, he joined some young Alaskan native children in a ceremonial dance. We wanted to post the article to our social media because he was practicing what I preach in my training - if invited, attend and if asked, participate in cultural events. It’s not about whether or not you know the dance or the song - you aren’t expected to - it’s about honouring the honour of being invited.Read More
Aboriginal awareness is a broad term – I know because my onsite and public workshops are dedicated to helping people understand the full extent of the term. To fully embrace the meaning of Aboriginal awareness you should be prepared to realize some dark truths and open yourself up for a lifelong learning experience. What we have below are the "bricks and boards" to start you on that journey.Read More
So, you want to start hiring Indigenous workers - great! But, before you launch a recruitment program, you should consider helping your team prepare for the experience as that will not only save you money and time, but will also go a long way towards creating a positive experience for Aboriginal employees who join your team.Read More
There has been some discussion in the media recently about residential school people having post traumatic stress disorder, sometimes referred to as the residential school syndrome. The term was discussed in length in THE CIRCLE GAME: Shadows and Substance in the Indian Residential School Experience in Canada A Report to the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples 
While the symptoms are similar to post traumatic stress disorder, the cause is very different.Read More
In this Q and A, Rhonda shares some great advice on Working Effectively with Aboriginal Peoples® and the importance of building relationships and taking a holistic approach when looking for solutions.Read More
According to Merriam Webster, protocol is “a system of rules that explain the correct conduct and procedures to be followed in formal situations.” When communicating with a chief and council of a First Nation, it is important to put it in perspective - you are in a formal situation - you are communicating with the head of a nation, or one of many heads of the mation. First Nation protocols differ from nation to nation, so you need to learn the protocols in advance of a meeting and respect those protocols during all interactions.Read More
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