confused businessmanHow much do you actually know about Indigenous Peoples and issues? Would you like to build a better understanding of some of the issues you hear in the news?

If the answer is "yes!" then awareness training can be a helpful way to get off on the right foot. Here's some information to help you get started.

When it comes to awareness training, this is the course that started it all for Bob Joseph, a certified Master Trainer, who initially started delivering what was then called Aboriginal Awareness training in 1994. This training was originally developed for the corporate sector and has been extensively field tested with companies, retailers, nonprofits, consulting firms, and all levels of government across the country.  It's really helpful for those just starting out or who are conducting TRC recommendation work.

A key piece of intercultural communications with Indigenous Peoples is their history. We help you understand their history so you will be more effective in your communications with Indigenous Peoples. 

For your convenience, this training is offered onsite and online. The course content is also part of our  Working Effectively with Indigenous Peoples® course, which is offered onsite and open to the public in our Training Weeks. Be sure to sign up yourself or book a private session soon.  

For teams or organizations:

We provide our training courses on-site or online to your team or organization. These courses are private, economical, and can be delivered to your team at a place and time of your choosing. 

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3 hours
Up to 30 people
At a location of your choosing

Online for individuals:

This course is also open to the public through online training. Participants have one month to complete the course. A certificate will be awarded at the end.

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Online, for  $199

We work hard to provide a safe environment for all learners to ask questions, make comments, or statements at any time during the training; time for discussion is included.


Indigenous Awareness is available as eLearning training or a three hour, on-site training session and can be delivered on an as-needed basis in a location of your choosing.

Historical Background of Indigenous Peoples

  • Pre-contact
  • Post-contact

Constitutional, Political and Legal Context

  • British North America Act, Indian Act, other legislation
  • Legal decisions

Modern Treaties

Indigenous Self-Government

Indigenous Understanding

  • Terms
Practical Hints & Tips

We know you have a choice when it comes to selecting a trainer so here's a link to an article about what to look for in an Indigenous Awareness trainer to help you out with that choice.

Flavio Caron is now the lead trainer on our Indigenous Awareness Training. Here is a short video of Flavio training one of his clients.

Here's an interview with Ginger Gosnell-Myers,  former Manager, Aboriginal Relations, City of Vancouver, on the importance of providing Indigenous Awareness training to staff, and on the importance of honouring the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's 94 Calls-to-Action.

Clients choose Indigenous Corporate Training Inc. for their Aboriginal/Indigenous Awareness training needs because they trust our credentials and experience.

For a deeper dive, and more hints, tips, and suggestions consider taking our Working Effectively with Indigenous Peoples® course to take your awareness to the next level.



  1. If I take Indigenous Awareness training do I also need to take Working Effectively with Indigenous Peoples®?

    It’s not a precursor to Working Effectively with Indigenous Peoples®. If you want to learn how to work with Indigenous communities, then you should take Working Effectively with Indigenous Peoples®, instead of  Indigenous Awareness. Indigenous Awareness is our very basic introductory course provided for clients whose team is looking for some understanding of relationships with Indigenous Peoples, but is not directly working with communities or Indigenous individuals. Whereas Working Effectively with Indigenous Peoples® is our foundation course that we recommend for everyone’s learning journey.

  2. If I take Indigenous Awareness, can I take Indigenous Consultation & Engagement, How to Negotiate with Indigenous Peoples, and Creating an Indigenous Engagement Plan?

    If your ultimate goal is to learn how to work with, consult with, negotiate with, and engage with Indigenous communities, then you should take Working Effectively with Indigenous Peoples®, instead of  Indigenous Awareness, as that is a precursor to those courses.

  3. How long is Indigenous Awareness?

    Three hours.

"The information presented was well balanced and the presenter was very passionate about the subject matter. Fantastic experience, I would highly recommend this training to everyone so that they may gain a better understanding of Canadian history."

D. C.    Coast Mountain College

"Every person in Canada should take this training, it is truly eye-opening, important, and helpful."

J. H.    TimberWest

Your Commitment + Our Training = Informed Indigenous Relations