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A Look at Indigenous Relations in Canada for 2018 and Beyond

In 2017, Canada marked 150 years since confederation. To celebrate or not to celebrate was debated and discussed in the media, in Indigenous communities, and around dinner tables. The concept of not celebrating confederation was a profound shock to some but due to the benefit of the debates, awareness was raised that Indigenous Peoples have lived on land now known as Canada for far longer than 150 years. From those debates, a parallel but different celebration was launched - Canada 150+. The debates, discussions, and conversations triggered by the Canada 150 and Canada 150+ celebrations also brought insight to some regarding the impact those 150 years had on Indigenous Peoples.

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Topics: Indigenous relations

ayisīnowak: A Communications Guide a respectful cross-cultural collaboration

 

 ayisīnowak: A Communications Guide

 

When the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Report was published in 2015 it revealed the reality of residential schools, the damage the schools have done to the survivors, their families, their culture, their identity, and the ongoing impacts of that damage. The TRC Report also included 94 calls to action (CTAs) for governments, institutions, and organizations to support reconciliation.


The TRC Report has motivated many in the public and private sectors to look within and find ways and means of enacting the relevant CTAs. Since 2015, there have been some inspiring and heartening examples of reconciliation actions, particularly in the recognition of traditional or treaty land acknowledgement at the beginning of government and corporate meetings, art events, sport events, and in education facilities.

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Topics: Indigenous relations, Indigenous protocol

Some Indigenous Protocol Examples

Updated: January, 2017

We are at an interesting juncture in Canada in terms of Indigenous relations. On the one hand there is an awakening and awareness on the part of mainstream Canadians, the media, and governments that is contributing to a landscape of reconciliation. This awareness and awakening is causing many to accept and reconcile, rather than hide from, uncomfortable truths about the history of Canada and how Indigenous Peoples have been treated. It is also generating calls by Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians for the removal of tributes to historical figures who were particularly ruthless in their treatment of Indigenous Peoples. On the other hand, there are some Canadians who struggle to make a name for themselves by clinging to and broadcasting their colonial ideals and beliefs. I don’t want to give any airtime to the latter - they simply don’t warrant any attention.

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Topics: Reconciliation, Indigenous relations

7 Tips on Building Relationships with Indigenous Peoples

The quality of your relationship with an Indigenous community will be measured by the effort invested and the integrity of your team. You have to realize why it is critical that a respectful relationship is fundamental to the success of any pending business partnership. If you hold onto the concept that it’s a business-to-community relationship you are developing as opposed to a business-to-business relationship, then you will be off to a good start.

 

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Topics: Indigenous relations

Indigenous Relations at the Victoria International Airport

Airports - we all travel through them but how often do we actually ponder the Indigenous relations aspect of the operation? These transportation hubs are located on vast tracts of land, which means their existence has had, and continues to have, an impact on one or more Indigenous community.

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Topics: Indigenous relations

Request for Indigenous Advisors for Canadian Advisory Committee

I recently received an email from Nicole Gareau, Presidente Comité Régional de Direction,CCC, who had read the article on Indigenous Corporate Training Inc. in Bridging the Divide, The Costco Connection - March/April 2017. Nicole reached out because, as the representative Canadian Advisory Committee (CAC), she is looking Indigenous advisors to volunteer with the CAC.

 

We don’t respond to every request for help but the work Nicole is doing is invaluable and we want to support her efforts to make a difference in the lives of Indigenous inmates.

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Topics: Indigenous relations

Indigenous Racial Profiling by Retailers

Recently, in the media, there has been discussion of racial profiling of Indigenous and other consumers. In this article we talk about the profiling of Indigenous consumers by retailers and provide hints and tips for retailers should they feel their organization practices Indigenous racial profiling.

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Topics: Indigenous relations

Developing Your Indigenous Procurement Strategy

 

"A central finding of this research is that Aboriginal procurement is not the same as traditional supply chain management. Procurement from Aboriginal contractors and communities involves relationship building and sustained partnership development in a manner unique from the typical request for proposal-style of supply chain contracting and service procurement that mining operations typically followed in the past. As such, procurement agreements with Aboriginal suppliers need to be approached and understood differently." [1]

 

A procurement strategy is the plan as to how your organization will procure (acquire) the cost-effective goods and services required to successfully operate. An Indigenous procurement strategy (IPS) is just as it sounds - a strategy to procure cost-effective goods and services from Indigenous firms, and are typically part of an Impact and Benefit Agreement between an organization and an Indigenous community.

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Topics: Indigenous relations, Indigenous economic development

Building Indigenous community capacity and the duty to consult

 

While the duty to consult is a hard fought for, constitutionally recognized component of resource project development, in reality it can be an onerous burden for an Indigenous community. In Duty to Consult’ a Cruel Joke If First Nations Can’t Handle the Load, Alex Power, a Regulatory and Research Specialist with the Yellowknives Dene First Nation, defines the impact the duty to consult places on an Indigenous community in terms of processing the associated tsunami of paperwork. Here’s his description of what’s involved in terms of an Environmental Assessment (EA) for a major project:

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Topics: Indigenous relations

4 Terms to Avoid in Verbal Communications with Indigenous Peoples

Language has the power to respect and honour, or, hurt and offend and that is particularly true when working across cultures. Within that frame of reference, we respectfully recommend that when working with Indigenous Peoples you have an understanding of how the historical context of certain phrases can affect your communication and relationships with Indigenous Peoples.

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Topics: Indigenous relations