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Sign from Wet'suwet'en protests. Photo: Jason Hargove, Flickr

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Hereditary Chiefs vs. Elected Chiefs: What’s the difference?

The Wetʼsuwetʼen protests in 2019 and 2020 were widely reported on and sparked public interest around one of many misconceptions of Hereditary Chiefs...

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Indigenous Peoples are all the same, right?

A frequent misconception is that Indigenous Peoples are all the same in Canada but there is a clear diversity amongst Indigenous Peoples. Linguists...

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9 Terms to Avoid in 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...

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Communications with Indigenous leaders - Letter Writing Tips

When communicating cross-culturally there are certain sensitivities around the language used in the letter and expectations placed on the recipient...

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ayisīnowak: A Communications Guide

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ayisīnowak: A Communications Guide - A Cross-Cultural Collaboration

When the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Report was published in 2015 it revealed the reality of residential schools, the damage the...

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Why Are Indigenous Leaders Called Chiefs?

Definition: Chief (n.) c. 1300, "head, leader, captain; the principal or most important part of anything;" from Old French chief "leader, ruler,...

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Indigenous Peoples Terminology: Guidelines for Usage

We’ve talked about the definition of Indigenous Peoples and the constitutional significance of Indigenous or Aboriginal. In this article, we drill...

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What is the Definition of Indigenous Peoples?

We’ve talked about the constitutional implications of Indigenous or Aboriginal so now want to tackle the definition of Indigenous Peoples in Canada...

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Indigenous or Aboriginal: Which Is Correct?

“Which is correct? Indigenous or Aboriginal” is a frequently asked question for us at Indigenous Corporate Training Inc. The federal government’s...

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Culturally insensitive wooden Indians in front of cigar store

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Use These Culturally Offensive Phrases & Questions at Your Own Risk

Have you ever been in the socially awkward situation of being around someone who says something that is inappropriate and culturally offensive? Have...

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