Why Are There Stereotypes About Indigenous Peoples?

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Following every training session we ask learners if they would kindly take the time to fill in a survey about the training. We find these surveys invaluable as they help us ensure the training fulfills our on-site and public workshop clients’ needs, provides insight into what learners are interested in and provides ideas for new training modules, blog articles and ebooks. A survey from a recent training session included requests for more information regarding stereotypes about Indigenous Peoples.

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6 Tips on Meeting With Indigenous Leaders

PM Justin Trudeau and Chief Cadmus Delorme and dancers in Cowessess First Nation, Sask., July 6, 2021. Photo: Flickr

If you are planning to schedule a meeting with Indigenous leaders of the community you want to work with, here are some suggestions you should keep in mind. These tips are in addition to what you learn in your due diligence on whether or not to shake hands, make and hold eye contact, how to dress and other respectful cultural considerations.

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Why Should You Learn to Pronounce Indigenous Names

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It’s becoming more commonplace for formal meetings to begin with an acknowledgement of the traditional or treaty territory on which the meeting is being held. It’s good to see this really positive development on the increase because doing so signals that you recognize that community’s deep, historical and constitutionally protected connection to the territory.

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Value of Engaging With Indigenous Communities via Social Media

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Early, respectful, transparent and consistent communication with Indigenous communities is the foundation of any good engagement strategy. In order for your project to be fully analyzed and considered by an Indigenous community you need to engage with the entire community and that means those who live there as well as those who live elsewhere. Absence from their home community for school or work or other reasons does not mean that absent members are not connected with their home community or don’t have opinions and concerns about development.

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Indigenous vs. Aboriginal

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Indigenous vs. Aboriginal - what does it mean for business?

We received this timely question from an on-site client and newsletter subscriber:

The Manitoba Chiefs recently came out with a statement about the term Aboriginal, saying that they will not do business with organizations using the term. In addition, apparently 42 Nations in Ontario have done the same thing. Obviously we as consultants do not want to offend or alienate any of our client or potential clients. I know you use the term Aboriginal and was wondering if you had given any thought to using a different term. We are thinking that maybe the term “Indigenous” would be better. What do you think? Your thoughts, advice, insights are appreciated.

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26 Ways to Derail Your Indigenous Community Meeting

Hosting frequent community meetings to share information and milestones is an important part of your relationship building and maintenance with the Indigenous community you are working with or hope to work with. If community meetings are done right, you build trust which will be important for both parties when you and the community are ready to move from consultation to negotiation.

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What is the Definition of Indigenous Peoples?

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We’ve talked about the constitutional implications of Indigenous or Aboriginal so now want to tackle the definition of Indigenous Peoples in Canada and who uses this term and why.

First, as it stands, there is no generally accepted definition of Indigenous Peoples in a global context. Some countries refer to Indigenous Peoples as the people who were there first at contact. Others refer to Indigenous Peoples as the nomadic peoples within their borders.

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Duncan McCue: Mainstream Media and Reconciliation

The Commission believes that in the coming years, media outlets and journalists will greatly influence whether or not reconciliation ultimately transforms the relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples. To ensure that the colonial press truly becomes a thing of the past in twenty-first-century Canada, the media must engage in its own acts of reconciliation with Aboriginal peoples. [1]

Duncan McCue is the host of the CBC Radio One program Cross Country Checkup (he is currently away from CROSS COUNTRY CHECKUP on a Massey College journalism fellowship). Prior to taking this position in 2016, Duncan was a reporter for CBC News in Vancouver for over 15 years. His news and current affairs pieces are featured on CBC's flagship news show, The National. We went to Duncan for his perspective on the role of mainstream media and reconciliation.

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7 Common Elements in successful Indigenous Relations Strategies

Indigenous relations is an evolving field, especially now in light of the federal government’s commitment to negotiation on a nation-to-nation basis. Over the years we’ve looked at strategies and talked to people about what makes a successful strategy. 

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Notable Impact of Urban Reserves and Saskatoon

The first urban reserve in Canada was created in 1988 in the City of Saskatoon. The relationship between Saskatoon and Muskeg Lake Cree Nation (MLCN) was unique at the time but thankfully is no longer as urban reserves are becoming more common. Saskatoon now has five urban reserves and four Treaty Land Entitlement (TLE) selections. TLEs are lands that have been selected and acquired with funds under the Treaty Land Entitlement (1992) Framework.

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