Do you know what to look for in an Indigenous Awareness training program? We found an independent checklist* and put ourselves and our program, Working Effectively with Indigenous Peoples®, against it. We are proud to say that we exceed all areas outlined on the checklist. Take a look:
1. A program that includes a needs assessment
We discuss the client’s needs for the training from the first inquiry. We look to ensure that your goals are met for each training session. If requested we can take a formal needs assessment of the anticipated participants to gain insight into their expectations and questions before the training session.
2. A well-researched, fact-based program
Our book, Working Effectively with Indigenous Peoples® is in its 4th edition. In addition to our training, the book has been used by post secondary institutions for their courses.
3. A program that deals with contemporary Indigenous issues such as economics, education, social conditions, treaties, taxation, self-government, and land claims
We feel that it is important for participants in our training to understand the historical and legal importance of Indigenous Peoples in Canada to fully understand the contemporary Indigenous issues that affect Canadians, Indigenous and non-Indigenous. We provide honest and straightforward answers to questions about whether Indigenous people living on reserves get free housing or free post-secondary education. Whether Indigenous people pay taxes in Canada. Whether there is a connection between Indigenous unemployment and Indigenous health and social problems.
Within the history section of our training we explain the history of treaties through the present BC Treaty Commission and the Specific Claims Commission. We explain the importance of self-government and the forms that governance has taken to date.
J. G. • Moose Mountain Technical Services
4. Professional facilitators well-versed in the subject matter.
Our facilitators are Indigenous People who have first-hand knowledge of the communities and are entrepreneurial people having their own businesses and having worked for large corporations. They have been facilitating Indigenous awareness training for over 60 years combined. (See also: 9 Considerations for Choosing an Indigenous Cultural Competency Trainer.)
5. Indigenous speakers and resource people who can share experiences and perspectives.
Bob Joseph is an Indigenous person, or more specifically a status Indian, and is a member of the Gwawaenuk Nation. He is an initiated member of the Hamatsa Society and the son of a hereditary chief who will one day in accordance with strict cultural laws become a hereditary chief. Bob is a certified Master Trainer, with over 20 years experience.
Flavio Caron is the son of an Ojibway mother and Italian-Canadian father, Flavio has grown up in two worlds, and is thankful for what they both bring to his perspectives on life, business and happiness, and has been delivering training for 20 years.
Claire Marshall is Mi’kmaq from the Millbrook First Nation in Nova Scotia, who has 25 years of experience specializing in Indigenous engagement and community development and has been delivering training for 10 years.
Rupert Richardson is a proud member of the Quatsino First Nation. His family also comes from the Nuxalk Nation located throughout the Bella Coola Valley and his father is an enrolled tribal member of the St. Croix Chippewa Tribes. Rupert has been working in education for over 15 years.
6. An environment where participants can ask sensitive questions and explore differing perspectives.
A. M. • Shell Canada Limited
R. D. • Enbridge Pipelines
7. A program that does not evade difficult issues - such as racism - but addresses them in a non-threatening way.
It is important when training to address difficult issues, such as racism, in a non-threatening way. From our experience racism flows from an ignorance of the facts. Once provided with rational, fact-based information participants are able to understand the history of a difficult issue and see solutions in a different manner.
S. G. • Hunter Dickinson Inc.
8. Good resource materials that can be used in the session and then as reference tools.
As mentioned earlier our best selling book, Working Effectively with Indigenous Peoples® is presently in its 4th edition. Every participant at our training receives a copy to use as a continued reference.
9. A conducive facility, ideally a location that augments participants' understanding of Indigenous Peoples and issues.
We have found that by providing the training in the client’s preferred location participants can feel more comfortable as they are within their own environment. If it is preferred we can arrange for an alternate facility either in a neutral, central, or Indigenous community location.
10. Positive evalulations and references from previous participants.
At the end of each training session we provide an evaluation for participants to give us their input. The quotes posted above are a sample of the comments we have received from our evaluations. You can see the types of comments received and the clients we have trained by checking out our testimonials page.