Indigenous Cultural Awareness
An Indigenous Cultural Awareness Training is a platform to establish a process of promoting cultural competency for Indigenous relations within Canada. The facilitation is delivered in a sensitive, respectful manner to address complex-issues from a historical narrative that is inclusive to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous attendees. The training is designed for individuals, agencies, organizations, institutions to build a foundation awareness of Indigenous peoples and enhance self-awareness. Through experiential learning the delivery of the training is inclusive within a group based setting to promote dialogue and create a safe space to discuss topics which relate to Indigenous peoples. Topics include:
- Overview of terminology and definitions regarding Indigenous people of Canada;
- Historical Events regarding Pre-Confederate/Post-Confederate relations specific to Canadian History;
- Discuss impacts on cultural identity through key historical events such as the Indian Act, Residential School System and the Sixties Scoop;
- Discuss and promote awareness with regards to Inherent Rights to Land, Treaties (Historical and Peace, Number Treaties 1-11, Modern Day Treaty, Specific Claims), Ceded and Unceded Lands, Land Acknowledgements;
- Distinguish between contemporary context of on-reserve and off-reserve experiences;
- Discuss current issues and socio-economic conditions impacting Indigenous People presently;
- Address Stereotypes and Misconceptions of Indigenous People within Canada;
- Promote awareness of Trauma-informed perspectives to better understand historical, inter-generational, and complex trauma;
- Highlight the many contributions Indigenous peoples of Canada have provide within the social fabric of Canadian History;
- Promote awareness of Cultural Competency to assist with individual and organizational growth and development.
- Raise awareness awareness with regards to Reconciliation - Truth and Reconciliation Commission Final Report Calls to Action 57 & 92, United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).