Cultural Awareness Trainer: Melanie Lizotte helps participants gain a deeper understanding of the history and experiences of Indigenous people in Canada and how these underlying factors continue to impact the current socio-economic reality of Indigenous people.
It is important for all Canadians to gain a deeper level of intercultural competency by seeking to understand the history, worldviews and traditions of the fastest-growing segment of Canada’s population. Historically, Indigenous people have been marginalized or excluded from many facets of Canadian society. Participants will gain comprehensive knowledge regarding the deeply rooted systemic barriers and opportunity gaps that are embedded in the current social and economic landscape.
Participants will also gain an understanding of the intergenerational trauma faced by Indigenous people in Canada and how this continues to impact outcomes for Indigenous people including labour force participation rates and educational achievement.
More information: By participating in this training, companies/organizations are demonstrating a commitment to obtaining the necessary foundational knowledge to engage with Indigenous communities in a more holistic, comprehensive and effective manner. This training will provide a foundation upon which to create common ground and ethical space to work more collaboratively and successfully with Indigenous individuals, communities, employees and businesses. Undoubtedly, participation in this Indigenous relations/cultural competency training program will create a starting place for on-going, inclusive relationships based on allyship in terms of supporting Indigenous participation in the economy through employment, procurement, capacity building, education, training and community investment.