Based on the highly successful in-person Indigenous Cultural Competence course, learners will build knowledge on the acceptable terms related to Indigenous peoples, and some similarities and differences between First Nations, Métis and Inuit. This online course will provide the historical context that underpins some of today’s continuing tensions about land in Canada. And then learners will deepen cultural competence to build effective relationships with Indigenous co-workers and peers, and spend some time considering how to contribute to reconciliation both personally and professionally in Canada.
This is an adaption of the course designed for experienced learners, with a focus on organizational opportunities to contribute to reconciliation.
Estimated time to complete: 4 hours including homework in individual online modules, 2-3 hours in live webinar
Online modules expiration: 30 days
Individual Online Modules: learners will start and complete these modules in the two weeks leading up to the live webinar.
- Indigenous Canada: terminology, strengths and challenges facing Indigenous peoples, how to do an effective land acknowledgement
- Cultural Competence: building awareness of your own culture, how culture infuses communication and conflict, and how to build safe space for people from other cultures in your workplace
- History Matters: Canada’s hidden history of relationship with Indigenous peoples, and potential long-term impacts of colonial policies of racism, and overview of intergenerational trauma and healing
Group Webinar: two to three hour live webinar with The IRG
- Review of online learning
- Role of Ally, Challenging Racism: how to be an ally for Indigenous peoples; naming racism against Indigenous Peoples; ways to challenge racism
- Opportunities to Contribute to Reconciliation in your Organization: what is the opportunity; wise practices from other organizations in Canada and around the world; next steps for your leadership
How did we get here? A concise, unvarnished account of the history of the relationship between Indigenous peoples and Canada. Interim report by the Senate Standing Committee on Aboriginal Peoples.
Interested in how other countries support cultural competence? It's also called pluralism, and the Global Centre for Pluralism has some interesting resources and news on what's happening to bridge cultural divides.
Some people might laugh at this, but the movie Zootopia is all about cultural competence. Some other movies about cultural competence or the lack of it: Lost in Translation (2003), The Joy Luck Club (1993).