Indigenous Cultural Competency Training Now Available

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s recently released “Calls to Action” document urges all levels of government to provide skills-based intercultural competency training to public servants. The UBCM First Nations Relations Committee has been working with the Provincial Health Services Authority in BC since February 2015 to provide an Indigenous Cultural Competency (ICC) Training module for BC elected officials and local government staff. The pilot cohort will begin on September 28.

The ICC training is a unique, facilitated online training program designed to increase knowledge, enhance self-awareness, and strengthen the skills of those who work both directly and indirectly with Aboriginal people. The goal of the ICC training is to further develop individual competencies and promote positive partnerships. Skilled facilitators guide and support each participant through dynamic and interactive learning modules. Participants will learn about terminology; diversity; aspects of colonial history such as Indian residential schools and Indian Hospitals; timeline of historical events; and contexts for understanding social disparities and inequities. Through interactive activities, participants examine culture, stereotyping, and the consequences and legacies of colonization. Participants will also be introduced to tools for developing more effective communication and relationship building skills.

The online program is designed for participants to work through the five to six hours of training at their own pace, over the six weeks that the group is open. The registration fee is $250. Interested elected officials and local government staff are asked to email Angela Turner by September 14th for registration details.

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