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.  


Our Working Effectively with Indigenous Peoples® training is a BC Law Society accredited educational activity 


For Alberta lawyers, consider including this course as a CPD learning activity in your mandatory annual Continuing Professional Development Plan as required by the Law Society of Alberta.


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


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8:30am – 4:00pm

Morning:                                                                                     Afternoon:                                  

Historical Background of Indigenous Peoples                                                Indigenous Population

Pre-contact                                                                                                          Community Needs

Contact History                                                                                                    Misconceptions, Perspectives & Realities

Post-Contact History                                                                           Indigenous Understanding – Terms

Recent History                                                                                      Business Case

Constitutional, Political and Legal Context                                                                        Business Reasons for Indigenous Relations

British North America Act, Indian Act, Other Legislation                                   Relationship building opportunities

Political Will                                                                                         Indigenous Consultation

Legal Decisions                                                                                                     Risk, Consultation, Accommodation Model

Modern Treaties                                                                                                                    Risk Assessment

Indigenous Self-Government                                                                            RESPECT Model                    

Indigenous Population                                                                                      Practical hints & tips

Linguistic Differences

Hereditary and Elected Chiefs



Indigenous Youth

Forces Affecting the Indigenous Population


“Broke down some of the disinformation I wasn’t even aware I was being influenced by.”  K. Spowart • RBC Royal Bank 




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

No, the first half of Working Effectively with Indigenous Peoples® incorporates Indigenous Awareness.


  1. Do I need to take Working Effectively with Indigenous Peoples® before taking Indigenous Consultation & Engagement, How to Negotiate with Indigenous Peoples, and Creating an Indigenous Engagement Plan?

Yes, because Working Effectively with Indigenous Peoples® is the foundation for the other courses.


  1. How long is the course?

Working Effectively with Indigenous Peoples® is six hours of learning.


  1. Why is Working Effectively with Indigenous Peoples® italicized and the other course titles are not?

The course name and phrase Working Effectively with Indigenous Peoples® is a registered trademark owned by Indigenous Corporate Training Inc. (ICT), which means that we own the sole right to use that trademark. The use of that trademark is your security that you are receiving our groundbreaking course. Anyone other than ICT using the trademark is doing so in violation of our trademark.



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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