Updated: Apr 21
If you recognize that a cookie-cutter view isn’t relevant in today’s society, you’ll gain an appreciation and understanding of the diversity in culture as well as the contributions made by Indigenous communities across Canada. Did you know there are more than 600 First Nations across Canada? Each one has its own unique traditions, beliefs, history, protocols, and world perspective. One of the more valid points of taking Indigenous Awareness Training is the respect of diversity in culture, and the subsequent understanding that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all method of engagement. It’s about relationship-building.
The Fundamentals of Indigenous Governance
The fundamentals of governance, operational structure, point-of-contact protocols, beliefs around land management and our environment, helps lead to the development of a trusting and effective relationship with Indigenous People. Learning the impacts of laws that were enacted on Indigenous People and the type of relationship that has developed with federal government as a result is a true eye-opener.
Did you know that although there is no generally accepted definition of Indigenous People in a global context, in Canada the constitutional terminology of Aboriginal Peoples as stated in Section 35 includes Indian, Inuit, and Métis? Working through the many forms of terminology and developing a better understanding of today’s issues is a building block of Indigenous Awareness.
For example: What are the ongoing impacts of legislation around Indigenous People in Canada? What are the lasting effects that the residential school system has had on the Indigenous population? How has Canada’s reserve system affected Indigenous People?
Did you know:
· 8 of 10 Aboriginal people live in Ontario and the western Provinces.
· Nearly half of First Nations people with registered Indian status live on a reserve.
· In Ontario, 37% of First Nations people with registered Indian status lived on a reserve, which is the second lowest proportion among the provinces.