We take our classic Aboriginal / Indigenous cross cultural awareness training program, Working Effectively with Indigenous Peoples® and get beyond Indigenous awareness to practical skills and tools that can be applied during engagement and consultation efforts. With some tried and proven approaches individuals and organizations can position themselves to lead consultation efforts.


This course takes the information learned in our Working Effectively with Indigenous Peoples® introductory session and provides you with opportunity to use the information in interactive exercises learning from doing and from others.


“Finally effective Aboriginal consultation training!..”  KG · EBA


“I took the first course, Working Effectively with Aboriginal Peoples® which was fantastic and I feel the same about this one. I have taken other Consultation courses which left me with questions and confused. This one not so. It was a very good course.”  CN · Fisheries & Oceans Canada


Our Indigenous Consultation & Engagment™ training is a BC Law Society accredited educational activity. 


Purpose of the Training:

To provide information to help participants with their engagement and consultation efforts.

  • Support appropriate cross cultural communications.
  • Learn to apply the RESPECT model learning in the introductory Working Effectively with Indigenous Peoples®.
  • Practice conducting risk assessment using the Risk Assessment tool provided in the introductory Working Effectively with Indigenous Peoples®.
  • Share experiences and learn from others.
  • Raise awareness of best practice for strengthening relationships during the consultation process.


Who should attend?

  • Anyone needing to fulfill legal and regulatory requirements for consultation
  • Federal, provincial and local government representatives
  • Business representatives from the retail, industrial and financial sectors
  • Senior executives, managers and board members
  • Line managers, project managers and project team members
  • Communications and community relations staff
  • Properties and lands staff and policy makers
  • Human resources and customer services staff who work directly with Indigenous people and communities
  • Indigenous Relations or Affairs staff
  • Community Relations staff


At this course you will:

  • Review and build on the elements of consultation
  • Know the difference between consultation and engagement
  • Learn the intent of consultation
  • Review what constitutes accommodation
  • Review ways we can strengthen our consultation practices
  • Become familiar with the use of the Risk Assessment Tool
  • Prepare for questions your Indigenous counterparts will ask you
  • Know how to deal with issues related to western science and traditional ecological knowledge
  • Practice protocol and interactions


Suggested Prerequisites: To ensure you receive the most benefit from this training we highly suggest previous attendance in or completion of online version of Working Effectively with Indigenous Peoples®. Indigenous Consultation and Engagement™ training is a continuation of the learning in our prerequisite training.



8:30am to 4:00pm



Introductions & objectives

Key information review

Consultation vs. engagement

What is the Intent of consultation?

What constitutes accommodation?

Accommodation scenario exercise

Ways to strengthen consultation

Risk, consultation and accommodation

Risk assessment exercise



Anticipating questions and how to respond

Western science vs. traditional environmental knowledge

Community profiles exercise

Protocol and practice (case study)



Check out these articles: What to look for in an Indigenous Awareness Training program and Indigenous Cultural Competency Criteria


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What people are saying about our Indigenous Consultation and Engagement training 


“Amazing insight – fantastic course.”  T.C.  Environment Canada


“I found this to be an extremely practical & applicable training (both days) & would recommend to anyone working in community engagement.”           L.H. • EPCOR Utilities Ltd.


“Bob has extensive knowledge from all sides of Aboriginal relations – legal to trust & relationship building. This is a valuable & balanced approach to problem solving!  Thank you!”  B.P. • Government of New Brunswick


“The workshop provided a lot of practical advice and food for thought on effective consultation engagement. I will definitely be able to apply the course in my daily work.”  S. V. • Ministry of Culture


“A great course, not only in its content but also because it gave participants the opportunity to interact with each other, and talk about local situations.”   J. N. • Ontario Ministry of the Environment


“…I gained a lot of clarity around defining & ensuring meaningful consultation. Great information and group knowledge sharing among participants.”      P. R. • Urban Systems


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