Are you looking for training to help you work with Indigenous Peoples? We took our signature Indigenous Awareness training program to a whole new level when we developed Working Effectively with Indigenous Peoples™ based on participant needs and requests. Extensive field testing confirmed that any training should be designed to help individuals work effectively with Indigenous Peoples rather than just raise awareness. In this Training, our goal is to help participants get beyond Indigenous awareness to practical skills and tools that can be applied everywhere. Here is what one participant had to say about our training:
“Anyone hoping to succeed in relationships with Aboriginal Peoples should take this course – it’s much easier than figuring out how to get your foot out of your mouth…” M. L. • International Forest Products Ltd.
Did you know our training is practical but also in demand and a national imperative?
Even before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) delivered its recommendations all levels of government and the corporate sector were expanding their Indigenous Relations knowledge, skill sets, and relations and were actively looking for people with those skills. Now with recommendations like these:
Professional Development and Training for Public Servants
#57. We call upon federal, provincial, territorial, and municipal governments to provide education to public servants on the history of Aboriginal peoples, including the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Aboriginal rights, Indigenous law, and Aboriginal–Crown relations. This will require skillsbased training in intercultural competency, conflict resolution, human rights, and anti-racism.
Business and Reconciliation
#92.iii. Provide education for management and staff on the history of Aboriginal peoples, including the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Aboriginal rights, Indigenous law, and Aboriginal–Crown relations. This will require skills based training in intercultural competency, conflict resolution, human rights, and anti-racism.
there is even more of an appetite to implement and show action towards the recommendations. This training gives you the opportunity to differentiate yourself from the crowd, boost your career, and help employers fulfill the requirements of the TRC calls-to-action.
Purpose of the Training:
- Provide an explanation of why to work with Indigenous Peoples at all.
- Provide a safe environment to explore complex Indigenous issues in a non-confrontational way.
- Provide safe opportunity to see all sides of the debate.
- Help participants sift through rhetoric to find creative solutions to workplace challenges.
- Provide reference material in the form of our book Working Effectively with Aboriginal Peoples®.
- Allow you to share your experience with others and vice versa.
- Assist in enhancing the credibility of your services.
- Provide techniques to help you work more effectively with Indigenous Peoples and communities.
- Give participants the opportunity to practice and use newly acquired skills immediately.
- Cover key things to say, and not say, when working in this complex environment.
- Focus on how to develop relationships and why.
Who should attend:
- Those just starting out to those who have been working with Indigenous Peoples for years.
- Government representatives from federal, provincial, and local governments.
- Business representatives from mining, forestry, oil and gas, and other 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 Peoples or on teams that work directly with Indigenous Peoples.
At this course you will:
- Review historical events and their relation to the present day
- Learn cultural and linguistic information about Indigenous Peoples
- Learn what to say and not say when working with Indigenous Peoples
- Become familiar with demographic information
- Review major court cases and their implications
- Begin to understand the cross-cultural perspectives of the same issue
- Be familiar with terminology and know what terms to use in different situations
- Explore business reasons for developing Indigenous relations
- Explore individual and organizational strategies for developing relationships
- Be able to ask all your questions in safe environment
“Very eye opening. Very interested in particularly the treaty history and current processes, well covered. I liked the fact that audience questions and possible prejudices were dealt with on a professional, understanding level.” S. B. • Royal Roads University
8:30am – 4:00pm
Historical Background of Indigenous Peoples
Constitutional, Political and Legal Context
British North America Act, Indian Act, Other Legislation
Hereditary and Elected Chiefs
Forces Affecting the Indigenous Population
Misconceptions, Perspectives & Realities
Indigenous Understanding – Terms
Business Reasons for Indigenous Relations
Relationship building opportunities
Risk, Consultation, Accommodation Model
Practical hints & tips
“Broke down some of the disinformation I wasn’t even aware I was being influenced by.” K. Spowart • RBC Royal Bank
Still not sure? See one of our trainers in action
See Bob Joseph in action. Here's a sample of his delivery style and training content at this Vancouver Board of Trade presentation.
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